Inverkeithing is celebrating a £1,255,900 grant award from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for essential repairs and improvements to its historic streetscape and buildings.
The Townscape Heritage (TH) funding, which was confirmed by the Scotland Committee of The National Lottery Heritage Fund earlier this week, means that a regeneration package of over £3 million is now available for a five-year programme of heritage themed improvement and investment in the town.
The National Lottery award will be combined with a £1 million grant awarded to Inverkeithing in April from the Historic Environment Scotland Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) along with Fife Council money and other funding contributions.
Welcoming the news, Councillor Alice McGarry, Area Convenor for Fife Council’s South and West Area Committee said: “This is more good news for Inverkeithing and its regeneration. It reflects the positive and constructive input from local people and groups which was taken on board whilst the applications were being developed. It also represents a major step forward in starting to realise local people’s vision for the town as expressed in the Imagine Inverkeithing Community Masterplan developed last year. People wanted to see new investment, jobs and a diversification of the local economy, whilst protecting and enhancing our built and natural heritage.”
” The National Lottery and CARS funding will enable the repair and redevelopment of the Town House as a community use hub, major streetscape uplift in the High Street and Market Square and a grant scheme for repairs to other historic buildings in the town centre. There will also be a wide range of training and educational courses and activities for the whole community, designed to improve heritage skills and knowledge.”
Councillor Altany Craik, Covener of the council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee added: ” Like many towns today, Inverkeithing has to contend with a range of negative market forces, like changing shopping habits. Its historic centre also needs investment to tackle dilapidation associated with an ageing building stock. To have a sustainable future the town needs to evolve and improve its offer to attract both local residents and visitors. The town’s heritage and history is currently underplayed, but given its location on the Fife Coastal Path and Pilgrims Way, proximity to the Forth Bridges and Edinburgh, and its major transport links, Inverkeithing has the potential for a step change through heritage-led regeneration, and this funding can enable that to happen.”
The Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration Project will be managed by Fife Historic Buildings Trust (FHBT) in partnership with Fife Council.