Funding approved for Kirrie’s regeneration fund by infrastructure services committee

THE KIRRIEMUIR regeneration fund was approved by members of the infrastructure services at a meeting held on Tuesday, March 5.

The fund, featured in last week’s Kirriemuir Herald, consists of over £1 million to be spent on both businesses and community organisations in Kirriemuir.

The fund is made up of £645,000 from Historic Scotland and a further £504,000 from Angus Council which are to go towards the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

The funding will be split into four sections and a dedicated officer will be appointed in due course by the council to manage the development.

Under the priority projects section, a total of four properties including 1-3 Roods, a warehouse to the rear of Ogilvy’s Close, Glengate Hall and the former Airlie Arms Hotel are all set to receive small grants.

Public realm funding will be made available for the upgrading of the town square and the small scheme section will see grants made available to property owners for external works to the building for works such as shop front repairs, rainwater goods, windows, stonework and fixing other important historic features.

The training and education section has been included to provide community activities to be developed during the five-year duration of the CARS scheme.

It is great news for Kirriemuir as the funding will not only help pay for repairing and reinstating properties, but make the town more attractive for both residents and visitors alike.

The Kirriemuir Community Council has offered their assistance with the incoming CARS officer and pushing the scheme in the right direction.

Both Arbroath and Brechin have benefited from Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) projects in recent years.

Welcoming the announcement, Angus Council’s convener of infrastructure services, Councillor Mairi Evans, said: “The Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative proved very successful in revitalising and refurbishing the town centre and I’m convinced the Kirriemuir CARS will be equally successful.”