Green light for Millport regeneration scheme
Posted on 7 Sep 2017
An innovative scheme which aims to help regenerate historic buildings in Millport is up and running.
Over the next four years, Millport will see more than £1.5million invested in shopfront improvements and repairs to the town’s most notable buildings, thanks to the Millport Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), funded by North Ayrshire Council and Historic Environment Scotland.
And applications are being invited now for the first tranche of grant money which will be distributed later this year.
CARS provides funding to deliver a range of initiatives, including grant schemes to help property owners and tenants repair and reinstate historic buildings, including traditional shopfronts.
The CARS team is in place with Andrew McNair appointed as the Council's new Project Officer responsible for the day-to-day running of the scheme. Supporting Andrew is Peter Drummond, a conservation architect who has extensive experience working in the built heritage sector.
Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “This scheme will produce lasting benefits for Millport.
“Andrew and Peter are keen to work with businesses and local community representatives to ensure its success and I’d invite residents and business owners to get in touch to find out how CARS can help.
Grant application deadlines are now set for year 2017/2018, the first round of CARS. These deadlines are:
• 30 September 2017 - decision due in October 2017
• 22 January 2018 - decision due in February 2018
• 10 March 2018 - decision due in April 2018
For details on how to contact Andrew and Peter, visit www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/MillportCARS, which also has more information on CARS and how to apply for a grant.