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Historic towns share 5m funding

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Kelso is one of the towns to receive funding support

Nine communities across Scotland will share a 5m funding package to help maintain their historic character.

Kelso, Stromness, Callander, Blair Atholl, Cumnock and Haddington are among the recipients of support.

It is the latest round of grants from Historic Scotland's Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) funding.

The money can be used for repairs and improvements to private homes and businesses as well as restoring local landmarks to bring them back into use.

Culture Minister Linda Fabiani said the money could help transform the areas involved.

AREAS TO BENEFIT FROM THE LATEST CONSERVATION FUNDS
888,050 - Cumnock
857,000 - Stromness
812,000 - Haddington
738,800 - Paisley
495,917 - Kirkcaldy
375,000 - Cumbernauld village
307,500 - Kelso
306,574 - Blair Atholl
250,000 - Callander

"These grants provide vital support for councils who want to breathe new life into areas that have not had the means to do so in recent years," she said.

She described investment in maintaining and improving the historic character of the communities as "essential".

"We are committed to the economic recovery of Scotland's towns and cities," she said.

"Historic Scotland's CARS grants, together with the government's recently announced 60m Town Centre Regeneration Fund, will help to achieve that."

A total of 8.5m has been distributed to 16 councils since the scheme was launched in 2007.

It specifically targets historic areas with social and economic disadvantages that make it difficult to attract investment in sustainable regeneration.

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