Falkirk gets cash for town centre

FALKIRK town centre is to get £1.6m investment to help preserve its past and promote future economic growth.
The cash from Historic Scotland adds to the £2m already awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in May last year.
Historic Scotland made the award as part of a scheme that will affect 12 areas across Scotland.
The money will support grants to businesses, tenants and house owners and will be allocated to properties within the new Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative area. It will help bring vacant properties back into economic use, fund new or improved shop fronts that reflect the town’s heritage and Conservation Area status and support restoration of architectural detail and grants for repairs to buildings with more sympathetic materials used for windows, gutters, roof and stone work.
A further bid for additional funding is expected to be placed before summer.