Nov 11 2011 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday
LIMITED funding is still left to carry out work in Callander through a conservation scheme.
The Callander Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is an initiative that aims to maintain and restore the historic character of Callander's conservation area, attracting more visitors to the area and boosting the economy.
The scheme is funded by Historic Scotland and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority until 2014.
As a result of some of the applications not proceeding, there are now limited funds available to help projects that missed the initial deadline for this year, as well as for any emergency works that may have arisen.
Karen Hind, national park built heritage advisor, said: “Callander CARS has been really successful and has made a real difference to the town; from the implementation of a heritage trail which is proving extremely popular, to the conservation of a number of key buildings and features throughout the conservation area.
“We’re fortunate to have some funding left for anyone who missed this year’s earlier deadline.
“If you have your application completed, have three quotes ready for approval and can complete the works by February 2012, please send your application as soon as possible as the remaining funding we have will be allocated on a first come first served basis.”
The National Park planning committee recently extended the conservation area boundary which means there are now more properties eligible to apply for grants. Anyone who would like to check if their property falls in the conservation area can do so by checking the CARS map on the National Park website.
Applications for work due to start after March 2012 need to be submitted by Friday January 6. For more information and to apply call in at the National Park office, Main Street, Callander or visit www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/looking after/Callander CARS to download an application.