THE Fife town of Inverkeithing is celebrating receiving National Lottery support.

 

Initial development funding of up to £50,500 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to Fife Council to help progress its plans for repairs and improvements to the town’s historic streetscape and buildings. More detailed proposals will then be submitted to apply for a full National Lottery grant of up to £1.2 million early next year.

 

Made possible by National Lottery players, the funding, which is distributed through HLF’s Townscape Heritage (TH) programme, could form part of c. £3 million investment in the Town. A complementary bid will be made to Historic Environment Scotland for a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) in Inverkeithing. If both bids are successful, this would be combined with Council money and other identified funding contributions, to deliver a five year heritage-led regeneration programme, starting in June 2019.

 

TH aims to encourage local authorities to invest in their historic environment, whilst helping to stimulate economic regeneration.

 

Inverkeithing is competing for this TH funding with other towns across the UK – and is the only place in Scotland to receive a First Round pass this year.

 

Gordon Mole, Senior Manager, Business & Employability, Fife Council, said:

 

“This new announcement is great news for Inverkeithing and is another step forward in its regeneration. It will build on the town’s housing-led regeneration at Fraser Avenue and would realize some of the improvements local people have called for through the current “Imagine Inverkeithing” community led Master-planning process (June-October 2018).

 

The heritage led plans for Inverkeithing would see repair and development of the Grade A Listed Town House into a fully accessible Community use hub; operating a Building Repair Grant Scheme to deliver targeted repairs & improvements to other buildings; major uplift of the streetscape at the heart of the town, enhancing and restoring historic features; and running a wide range of heritage themed training & educational activities to benefit local people and aid heritage conservation in the longer term.  With the HLF award this year, we can now work with local partners and Fife Historic Buildings Trust and to develop our second round application and hopefully see the combined CARS/TH programme begin in 2019 “

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