Issued by Historic Scotland
The historic heart of Dingwall will be the focus for regeneration Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop announced today.
The Minister confirmed that £420,000 is being made available to bolster Highland Council’s ambitious plans for the area.
The Historic Scotland Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme funding for Dingwall will be used to repair of historic buildings in the main retail core of the town.
Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, said: “Dingwall has a vibrant history and this grant will see that celebrated and capitalised upon.
“As well as the almost £0.5m funding, this award gives the council and building owners access to expertise and guidance. The overall aim is to create opportunities them to improve the streetscapes, attract more visitors, develop training in traditional skills and invest in the local economy.”
Welcoming Historic Scotland's commitment to Dingwall, Councillor Ian Ross, Chairman of The Highland Council's Planning, Environment and Development Committee said: "I am delighted that the last two year's-worth of work in preparing a case for the regeneration of historic Dingwall has been acknowledged generously by Historic Scotland.
"The local members have been strongly in support and the Council has worked hard with Dingwall History Society, Dingwall Community Council, Dingwall Business Association and others to prepare a solid plan for the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme. The results of this much needed investment into the repair of the town's historic structures will help the economic regeneration of Dingwall for all those who live, work, and visit the area."
The Minister added: “When we speak about regeneration it is important that we do not lose sight of what makes a place unique or special. These grants are specifically for areas that have a historic heart to them.
“The successful projects in Irvine, Rothesay, Portsoy, Anstruther, Dingwall and my own home town of Ayr, are centring attention on buildings that represent something about the character of these towns. These are landmarks that people have grown up with and they are key to the community’s identity.
“It is hugely important that at difficult economic times grants like these are there to support ambition to make our homes, villages and towns better places to live and work. Each scheme is locally led and will draw on expertise and passion to give people a way to get involved and directly benefit from it.
“I am delighted that in the six years since this Grants programme was launched £16m has been invested in revitalising our conservation areas with 22 of our local authorities seizing the opportunity to breath new life into some of the most historic architecture in our country.”
In addition to funding the awards, Historic Scotland is providing technical information and advice both to the local authorities and building owners taking part in the project.