Opening a stage one debate on the Historic Environment Scotland Bill, the Cabinet Secretary confirmed she has asked Historic Scotland to maintain its overall grant budget at current levels in 2015/16. And she announced that Historic Scotland will award almost £2 million to seven historic buildings and landmarks across central and North East Scotland.
The Building Repair Grants, ranging from £26,000 to £500,000, will see a diverse range of buildings and landmarks brought back into use, securing them for future generations. They include the interior of the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow, huts at a former World War II Prisoner of War camp in Comrie, a 15th century tower in Fochabers and a suspension bridge over the River Dee in Ballater.
Fiona Hyslop, Culture Secetary, commented saying:
“Today’s announcement of £2m to support restoration and repair work at seven historical sites across Scotland takes the amount Historic Scotland has awarded in Building Repair Grants to almost £28 million over the last five years. This underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to protecting and preserving Scotland’s incredible built heritage for future generations and to ensuring the historic environment continues to play an important role supporting local communities and the Scottish economy.” http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Protecting-funding-for-historic-environment-def.aspx