The first phase of a £5 million project to preserve Falkirk’s oldest buildings will start this month.
Historic properties in the Cow Wynd and Vicar Street have been earmarked to be the first to benefit from the Townscape Heritage Initiative.
Every property owner in the THI area has been invited to apply for the funding still to be allocatedSusie Dibden
In the months ahead grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland, backed by cash from Falkirk Council and the property owners themselves, will restore some of the town’s most famous landmarks including Falkirk Steeple and the Duke of Wellington monument and Boer War memorial in Newmarket Street for generations to come.
Susie Dibden, the town’s THI officer, confirmed 10 priority projects have now been identified. If the owners of the buildings agree to pay 15 per cent of the cost their grant applications for the rest will be processed.
She said: “They have first refusal on the funding available but have been approached and their response has been very positive.
“Because of the nature of the proposed works and the need to consult the experts, it has taken time to pull everything together. But we’re delighted to have so many on board. Every property owner in the THI area has been invited to apply for the funding still to be allocated and there has been a high level of interest shown.”
Restoration work will begin on the town’s 200-year-old Steeple in the autumn and include making the spire wind and water tight.