Penicuik heritage plans get funding boost

Penicuik town centre.

Penicuik town centre.

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Penicuik has been given an indicative funding offer of £725,127 as part of the latest round of Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) funding.

The offer to Midlothian Council is dependent on a successful Stage 2 Townscape Heritage application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is made by Historic Environment Scotland for repairs and improvements to the town centre. The investment is part of the seventh round of CARS funding, with £42.2 million having been invested by HES (and formerly Historic Scotland) on behalf of the Scottish Government since the first grants were awarded in 2007. The aim of Penicuik CARS, set to start in 2018, will be to reverse the trend of declining footfall in the town centre by improving the historic fabric and amenities of the area. This follows CARS in Dalkeith and Gorebridge.

Midlothian Council cabinet member for economic development, Councillor Jim Bryant, said: “This great announcement will assist with work in Penicuik town centre as part of the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration project.

“This project will include improving the historic ‘core’ around Penicuik High Street, restoring and renewing shop fronts, public realm works and providing training in traditional construction skills for local apprentices and school pupils. It will make the town centre a better place to shop, work, visit and invest in.”