Rothesay seafront to get £500k boost

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Rothesay is to share in a £6.2 million fund which will help to upgrade the seafront.

The Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) funding which has been announced, will see £500,000 of funding by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) for essential repairs and improvements to buildings on Rothesay’s seafront.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said: “We’ve seen how successful this approach can be in previous schemes across the UK, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results for Rothesay.”

The aim of Rothesay CARS will be to repair prominent buildings on the seafront to ensure as big a visual impact as possible.

Councillor Aileen Morton, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Sustainable Economic Growth, welcomed the funding. She said: “We want to attract people to come and live, work and do business in our town centres and attracting investment is a crucial part of our work in building prosperity in the area.

“This is another clear demonstration of the commitment of the council and Historic Environment Scotland to regenerating both town centres, making them attractive, well-maintained and vibrant once again.

“We will work with communities and property owners to identify priority buildings in need of work to safeguard their future.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the positive results of everyone’s hard work.”

CARS specifically targets conservation areas with disadvantages that make it difficult to attract investment in sustainable regeneration.

The scheme assists these areas through channelling funding towards opportunities to enhance sustainable economic growth and help support projects that develop an area’s sense of place.

The scheme is open to Local and National Park Authorities, community groups and other third sector organisations delivering multi-funded projects.

Funding can be utilised for a number of purposes, from priority repairs and small grants to homeowners and retailers, to providing traditional craft training opportunities.