Investment in Inverkeithing’s built heritage set to boost job opportunities

FIFE Council is welcoming expressions of interest for the next round of its building repair grant scheme in Inverkeithing town centre.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for historic buildings within a designated area at the heart of the town’s conservation area, centred on the High Street.

Property owners and tenants with full repairing leases can apply for grants for sensitive repairs to historic buildings using traditional materials and methods.

The local authority said that by the end of the scheme, grants totalling £500,000 will have been awarded – with them covering up to 85% of each individual repair cost.

It added that the significant investment in Inverkeithing’s built heritage will also provide a range of training and job opportunities for local contractors and professionals.

Typical repairs that can be funded include stone repairs, window repairs, and repairs to roofs and rainwater goods. Improvements to traditional shopfronts are also eligible, the council added.

Councillor Alice McGarry, convener of the south and west Fife area committee, said, “Old buildings need regular care and attention. This grant scheme will help property owners and occupiers carry out repairs to conserve the historic fabric and traditional appearance of their buildings in the heart of Inverkeithing. I’d encourage any interested property owners to get in touch with Fife Historic Buildings Trust. They will provide the necessary advice and support. It’s the Trust that are managing the scheme on behalf of Fife Council.”