Thursday, 16 May 2013
Galston launches new regeneration project
Exciting new plans to regenerate Galston town centre were unveiled this week at the public launch of the area’s new Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).
[Pictured at the launch ceremony, left to right: David Richmond, Galston Community Development Trust; Karen Walker, Private Sector Liaison Officer, EAC; Colin McKee, Heritage Projects Co-ordinator, EAC; Provost Jim Todd; Councillor Alan Brown; Councillor Tom Cook; Karl Doroszenko, Development Planning & Regeneration Manager, EAC.]
Galston is home to many fine buildings of historic and architectural value, however time, weathering and the prohibitive costs of repairs have led to some falling into disrepair. The CARS project offers grant assistance, support and advice to building owners enabling them to carry out sympathetic repairs, fitting them for use in the 21st century.
The project is jointly funded by East Ayrshire Council and Historic Scotland. All work will require to be carried out by experienced contractors using traditional methods which are suitable for older buildings. By helping owners to make their buildings wind and water tight, repairing roofs, guttering and windows, business and residential properties can be given a new lease of life.
Provost Jim Todd opened the launch event at Galston Community Centre which included a presentation by the Galston Community Development Trust, a charity set up in 2012 to oversee the future development of the town. East Ayrshire Council’s CARS team was on hand to discuss the proposals and answer queries from interested parties.
Karen Walker, the Council’s Private Sector Liaison Officer, also gave a presentation on the work of the Private Sector Liaison Unit, including the availability of advice and loans available to undertake repairs to bring empty accommodation up to an appropriate standard for renting. Councillor Alan Brown gave the thanks at the end of the event.
Councillor Jim Buchanan, Spokesperson for Delivering Community Regeneration, said: “We’ve already had considerable success with the Kilmarnock and Cumnock CARS projects, helping businesses and residential owners to conserve their premises and creating and sustaining jobs in the building industry.
“We’re obviously very pleased to be able to do something similar in Galston as this project will be a key element in revitalising the town centre and an important opportunity to secure investment for the town. We will continue to work closely with the Community Development Trust and with people and businesses in Galston and hope that owners will contact us about renovating their properties to help us make this project a real success for the town and its residents.”