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FUNDING FOR COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY QUARRYING

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Community Environmental Renewal Scheme...
Community Environmental Renewal Scheme

Rural communities across Scotland affected by quarrying activity are to receive funding to improve their local environment.

Projects include path improvements in Fife and Perth, village halls in Caithness and Roxburghshire, and school wildlife gardens in Paisley and Clydebank.

Environment minister Ross Finnie today allocated£313,645 from the Community Environmental Renewal Scheme (CERS) to 15 communities across Scotland.

Mr Finnie said:

'The Scottish Executive is committed to delivering sustainable development and an improved environment for all. These projects play an important role in achieving that aim.

'People must be given the support and confidence to make choices that benefit their environment and quality of life. The funding awarded today places communities themselves at the heart of local environmental regeneration.

'The successful projects demonstrate that former and current industrial activity can support and sit side-by-side with environmental enhancements and access to green spaces.'

Background

The scheme is being administered by Forward Scotland, on behalf of the Executive, using funds from the Aggregates Levy. This was the last round in the 2004-07 scheme.

The full list of grants is:

Polmaise Murray Outdoor Mining Museum, Fallin, Stirlingshire,£11,000 - restoration of old mining machinery to illustrate the mining history of the area, to be displayed in the new outdoor mining museum (final phase).

Brediland Outdoor Project, Foxbar, Paisley,£16,979 - outdoor eco classroom in the school grounds to provide a setting for science and environment lessons, as well as a recreational area for pupils and other groups that use the school.

Loch Leven Heritage Project, Kinross Town Trail Section,£10,000 - 1.2 km of path from Kirkgate Park to Mary's Gate as part of 13.5 km planned path network around the shores of Loch Leven.

New Paths and Biodiversity Area in Leslie, Fife,£12,056 - improvement of an existing path to all-abilities level, creation of a new path to link into the Monk's Walk, and a biodiversity area in a well-used park.

Buckie Braes Public Access Improvements, Perth,£20,000 - surfacing 1.5 km of paths and installing 6 footbridges along the Craigie Burn, replacing the waterfall viewing platform and creating a new car park to improve access to the path network.

Stichill Village Hall Community Project, Kelso, Roxburghshire,£20,000 - extension to the existing community hall comprising a separate meeting room, new toilets, disabled toilets, with access upgraded to all abilities. The project includes roof replacement with modern insulation sheeting, and cavity wall insulation.

Ness Gateway Interpretation Centre, Isle of Lewis,£20,989 - an interpretation centre to house educational and information panels from various projects which form part of the Ness gateway, and providing a centre from which the coastal path network can be explored.

Dunblane Skatepark Project, Dunblane,£26,780 - construction of a skate park in the Leighhills Public Park in Dunblane. The project will also enhance the landscape by planting trees and bushes, and install a community garden and seating area.

Shetland Skatepark, Clickimin, Lerwick,£20,000 - developing an unused and undeveloped section of an existing recreational park, located in the centre of Lerwick, into a purpose built street style skate park.

South Common Regeneration Project Phase 2, Thornhill, Stirlingshire,£13,191 - an activity area for older children on the South Common of Thornhill Village, draining the area and incorporating a 'Flying-Fox' with safety surfaces.

Thrumster Old Railway Station, Caithness,£20,890 - a community garden on a section of a disused railway line and waste land adjacent to the old railway station buildings, recently restored and refurbished by the Trust.

Green Future, Clydemuir Primary School, Dalmuir, Clydebank,£31,260 - a native wildlife garden to encourage wildlife, including a 'wet area' and bird boxes. The native wildlife garden will be used extensively by pupils from local schools in their studies.

Mull and Iona Swimming Pool Project, Craignure, Mull,£25,000 - building a public swimming pool on Mull, which currently has no public swimming facilities, in partnership with the Isle of Mull Hotel.

Bo'ness Memorial to Mining,£20,000 - 'Memorial to Mining' in Bo'ness town centre with a central feature of a refurbished original mining wheel, and interpretation plaques outlining the history of mining in Bo'ness from the 12th century to the 1970s.

Keiss Village Hall, Caithness,£45,500 - replacement of the existing village hall with a new hall adjacent to the village sports pitches, incorporating a main hall, meeting rooms, changing rooms, kitchen, toilets and storage space.

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Community Environmental Renewal Scheme

More than£300,000 is to be shared among 15 areas affected by quarrying with funding from the Community Environmental Renewal Scheme (CERS).

Projects include path improvements in Fife and Perth, village halls in Caithness and Roxburghshire, and school wildlife gardens in Paisley and Clydebank.

Environment minister Ross Finnie said:

'The Scottish Executive is committed to delivering sustainable development and an improved environment for all. These projects play an important role in achieving that aim.

'People must be given the support and confidence to make choices that benefit their environment and quality of life. The funding awarded today places communities themselves at the heart of local environmental regeneration.

'The successful projects demonstrate that former and current industrial activity can support and sit side-by-side with environmental enhancements and access to green spaces.'

CERS is being administered by Forward Scotland, on behalf of the Executive, using funds from the Aggregates Levy. This was the last round in the 2004-07 scheme.

The full list of grants, totalling£313,645, is:

Polmaise Murray Outdoor Mining Museum, Fallin, Stirlingshire,£11,000 - restoration of old mining machinery to illustrate the mining history of the area, to be displayed in the new outdoor mining museum (final phase).

Brediland Outdoor Project, Foxbar, Paisley,£16,979 - outdoor eco classroom in the school grounds to provide a setting for science and environment lessons, as well as a recreational area for pupils and other groups that use the school.

Loch Leven Heritage Project, Kinross Town Trail Section,£10,000 - 1.2 km of path from Kirkgate Park to Mary's Gate as part of 13.5 km planned path network around the shores of Loch Leven.

New Paths and Biodiversity Area in Leslie, Fife,£12,056 - improvement of an existing path to all-abilities level, creation of a new path to link into the Monk's Walk, and a biodiversity area in a well-used park.

Buckie Braes Public Access Improvements, Perth,£20,000 - surfacing 1.5 km of paths and installing six footbridges along the Craigie Burn, replacing the waterfall viewing platform and creating a new car park to improve access to the path network.

Stichill Village Hall Community Project, Kelso, Roxburghshire,£20,000 - extension to the existing community hall comprising a separate meeting room, new toilets, disabled toilets, with access upgraded to all abilities. The project includes roof replacement with modern insulation sheeting, and cavity wall insulation.

Ness Gateway Interpretation Centre, Isle of Lewis,£20,989 - an interpretation centre to house educational and information panels from various projects which form part of the Ness gateway, and providing a centre from which the coastal path network can be explored.

Dunblane Skatepark Project, Dunblane,£26,780 - construction of a skate park in the Leighhills Public Park in Dunblane. The project will also enhance the landscape by planting trees and bushes, and install a community garden and seating area.

Shetland Skatepark, Clickimin, Lerwick,£20,000 - developing an unused and undeveloped section of an existing recreational park, located in the centre of Lerwick, into a purpose built street style skate park.

South Common Regeneration Project Phase 2, Thornhill, Stirlingshire,£13,191 - an activity area for older children on the South Common of Thornhill Village, draining the area and incorporating a 'Flying-Fox' with safety surfaces.

Thrumster Old Railway Station, Caithness,£20,890 - a community garden on a section of a disused railway line and waste land adjacent to the old railway station buildings, recently restored and refurbished by the Trust.

Green Future, Clydemuir Primary School, Dalmuir, Clydebank,£31,260 - a native wildlife garden to encourage wildlife, including a 'wet area' and bird boxes. The native wildlife garden will be used extensively by pupils from local schools in their studies.

Mull and Iona Swimming Pool Project, Craignure, Mull,£25,000 - building a public swimming pool on Mull, which currently has no public swimming facilities, in partnership with the Isle of Mull Hotel.

Bo'ness Memorial to Mining,£20,000 - 'Memorial to Mining' in Bo'ness town centre with a central feature of a refurbished original mining wheel, and interpretation plaques outlining the history of mining in Bo'ness from the 12th century to the 1970s.

Keiss Village Hall, Caithness,£45,500 - replacement of the existing village hall with a new hall adjacent to the village sports pitches, incorporating a main hall, meeting rooms, changing rooms, kitchen, toilets and storage space.

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