Elgin Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is part of the wider Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere partnership initiative to enhance the visitor experience, provide greater access to local heritage, improve economic opportunities, conserve and enhance the built, historical, cultural and social environment. Elgin CARS will deliver the Conservation Area Action Plan commissioned by the partnership in 2012 which meshes with three of the platforms set out in the June 2011 ‘Elgin City for the Future’ report, specifically ‘High Street First’, ‘The Visitor Economy’ and ‘Arts, Culture and Heritage’. It is timely having regard to the measures for the enhancement of the city centre already underway through the Elgin BID initiative.
Grants will be offered to building owners and occupiers for the identified priority buildings and closes, other historic buildings in need of repair, and for shop front improvements based on existing historic fabric or sound historic photographic evidence. In addition, public realm improvements will be carried out, two apprentice stone masons will be employed, traditional skills training will be available to increase local expertise and awareness of repair and maintenance of traditional buildings and opportunities for young people and the wider community to connect with local heritage will be created.