Time is running out for owners and occupiers of properties in Elgin town centre to access money for building repairs. The Elgin Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), which provided part funding for the Muckle Cross repair works, has less than a year left.
The scheme provides grants to help with the cost of a wide range of external repairs including historic shop front improvements, fascia signage, roofs, gutters, downpipes, stonework, windows and doors. Occupiers and owners of both residential properties and businesses are eligible to apply. The program ends 31 March 2018 and all eligible construction works must be finished prior to that date, so applicants are urged to get in soon!
Repairs have been carried out to over thirty properties within the town centre including Thunderton House, St Giles Church, Victoria Cottages (adjacent to the Victoria Bar), Elgin Bridge Club and the Harvest Centre Church. Grants have been approved for repairs to a further 20 properties, planned to be carried out over the summer.
The program, worth approximately £3.3 million, secured funding from Historic Scotland, Moray Council, City of Elgin Business Improvement District (BID) and the Elgin Fund to carry out essential repairs and improvements to the city centre. Launched in 2013, it works towards the overall regeneration of the Elgin town centre and includes a number of other initiatives including training and education, removal of high level vegetation and public realm improvements.
If you are considering undertaking repair works, please contact Ellen Cox, the Elgin CARS Project Officer, on 01343 563 656 to discuss if your proposal is eligible for funding.