Published: Friday, 5th April 2019
Our bid for funding for a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) in Hawick has been agreed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
The £1.314million from HES will help to conserve and enhance historic town centre buildings, address issues with key priority properties and encourage general repairs to others.
An important element of the scheme will be raising awareness of the town’s rich history and heritage, and a programme of skills and employment training based around traditional construction skills.
We have committed almost £160,000 to the scheme, with further public sector contributions being sought.
Following the announcement of the successful bid today (Friday 5 April) details of the scheme and grant funding opportunities will be developed and launched in due course.
Other successful funding
We have an excellent track record in achieving funding for, and delivering, similar town centre schemes, including those successfully completed in Kelso and Selkirk and that ongoing in Jedburgh.
Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development
“I am delighted that we have been successful in our application for funding for a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme in Hawick and I’d like to commend the Hawick community for working with our officers to develop this ambitious proposal.
“This project was a key component of the Hawick Action Plan that a range of partners helped to develop and which has now helped attract over £5million of external funding.
“This CARS project, along with other investments in the town, such as the redevelopment of the former Armstrong’s site, the new Galalaw business units and the Centre of Excellence in Textiles, will help provide a catalyst for wider regeneration and investment from the private sector.”
Joint statement from the six councillors for Hawick and Denholm and Hawick and Hermitage
“The Hawick CARS programme will provide a fantastic opportunity to tackle some property issues in the town centre, including providing grants for property owners to carry out much needed improvements.
“This will help to enhance the visual appearance of the town centre and we look forward to the scheme commencing later in the summer.”
Local elected members, community groups including Hawick Community Council, Future Hawick and the local archaeological society all had input into the bid for the eighth round of competitive CARS funding from Historic Environment Scotland.