Safety fears over Falkirk High Street buildings

Weeds can be spotted growing from the roofs of several Falkirk High Street buildings
Weeds can be spotted growing from the roofs of several Falkirk High Street buildings
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Concerns over the condition of High Street buildings have been raised following an accident in Paisley involving crumbling masonry.

Two members of the public were injured when stonework fell from a tenement in the Renfrewshire town at lunchtime on August 10.

One resident fears a similar incident could happen in Falkirk High Street if urgent remedial work is not undertaken on several of its historic buildings.

Lionel McMillan, from Maddiston, was shocked at the condition of several properties in the district’s main shopping street.

“The buildings are clearly not being inspected properly, otherwise some of the vegetation growing on the roofs would not still be there,” he said.

“These plants have obviously been growing for several years and their roots will be forcing their way further into the stonework.

“Bits of masonry could start dropping off onto the street below.”

Lionel (50) initially reported his concerns to FixMyStreet.com, who advised him to speak to Falkirk Council.

A Falkirk Council spokeswoman said: “Our Building Standards team react to all enquiries regarding potentially dangerous buildings as the Enforcement Authority in terms of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 and take appropriate action as deemed necessary to remove the danger.

“This does not relate to repairs or maintenance to private property which is the responsibility of the property owners/occupiers. Building Standards will secure or remove the danger to protect the public.”

The local authority is encouraging town centre property owners within the Townscape Heritage Initiaive (THI) boundaries to apply for grants to help with building repairs.

Falkirk THI is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Falkirk Council, and the Falkirk BID. Between 2013 and 2018 it plans to invest £5.5 million in the town centre.

THI will invest in Falkirk High Street

The aim of the Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initative is to breathe new life into the historic town Centre by improving the physical appearance of the area and enhancing the things that make it unique.

Other Townscape Heritage Initiatives have proved successful in transforming conservation areas throughout the United Kingdom.

Falkirk THI is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic Scotland, Falkirk Council, and the Falkirk BID. Between 2013 and 2018 we plan to invest £5.5 million in the town centre with the aim of helping to regenerate the area through investing in its unique and rich heritage.

“If your building is within the THI boundary there are grants

available to help with building repairs,” said a council

spokeswoman.

For more details on available funding for repairs, call the THI office on (01324) 614060 or visit the Falkirk THI website.