Conserving Kirriemuir

Glengate after.
Glengate after.

A scheme designed to support and promote the regeneration of Kirriemuir’s historic townscape is looking to recruit more local support.

Kirriemuir Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is to hold a traditional building advice and information day on Saturday (November 28) in Old Parish Church Halls in Bank Street in the hope of rallying more residents and local businesses to the local conservation cause.

The event, delivered in association with Frew Conservation, will run from 11 am until 2 pm and be the forerunner to a series of free sessions, seminars and workshops for homeowners, building professionals and contractors who are interested in learning more about the historic environment and use of traditional materials.

The programme will be presented in the evening, at weekends (for homeowners), or as one-day seminars/workshops (for building professional and contractors) in Kirriemuir,

or the surrounding area.

Topics will be relevant to the repair and maintenance of traditional buildings (covering dampness, lime pointing and stonework repairs, roof and window repairs, energy efficiency etc.) and be covered through lectures and hands-on training events. Most of the hands-on and technical training sessions will be next spring.

The introductory event will provide information on looking after traditional properties, as well as displays of traditional building materials and components and expert technical conservation and repair advice.

Those interested are invited to take along photographs of their property to discuss.

There will also be ready advice about Kirriemuir CARS building repair grants.

Angus councillor Jeanette Gaul, vice-convener of communities and CARS steering group member, said: “We are very proud of the way in which the Kirriemuir CARS grant funding is helping to make the area a better place for local people and visitors alike.’’

Since 2013, 38 town centre properties have benefitted from a combined £401,798 of funding awards under the small grants scheme.