Argyll and Bute Council has welcomed a grant of £1.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the scheme to regenerate Rothesay town centre.
The Isle of the Bute town’s seafront will now benefit from almost £3 million of repairs and improvements, with the council having already committed £200,000 to the scheme and £500,000 being secured from Historic Environment Scotland to be invested in the town, around Victoria and Montague Streets.
This next phase of the scheme will be delivered between October 2017 and October 2022 and focus on repairing five priority buildings; and traditional windows and restoring eight shopfronts. It will also deliver heritage and maintenance; and growing and supporting a creative industry activity skills and capacity building programmes. There will also be improvements made to town centre wayfinding signage and connectivity.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said:
“This is really welcome news from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a huge investment for Rothesay. Residents and visitors will see positive changes and the Townscape Heritage scheme is a clear demonstration of our commitment with partners, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, to regenerate the historic town centre.
“Our aim is to attract people to come and live, work and do business in our town centres across Argyll and Bute and attracting investment is a crucial part of our work in building prosperity.
“This scheme will complement the work being carried out to renovate the town’s iconic Pavilion and build on the success of the first phase of the Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative which saw over £3million of investment between 2011 and 2016.
“We are looking forward to continuing the momentum and working closely with the local community and key partners, such as Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Bute Island Alliance, to make Rothesay attractive, well-maintained and vibrant once again.”
Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:
“Investing National Lottery money to revitalise historic buildings at the heart of a community, not only makes a place more attractive to live, visit and invest in, it also provides jobs and training opportunities for local people.
“We are delighted to make this investment in Rothesay as part of our on-going commitment to preserving Scotland’s heritage in a way in which is relevant to the needs of today.”
Note to editors
About the Heritage Lottery Fund – using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks, and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with more than £5.9bn across the UK. For more see www.hlf.org.uk.