PRESS RELEASE: 13th MARCH 2017
The Fraser Centre Community Trust has received a significant boost to its plans to rebuild the Centre with the award of £730,000 from the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).
The RCGF grant was applied for by the Trust in partnership with East Lothian Council as part of the fundraising campaign to rebuild the former picture house into a modern community hub for learning, development, arts & entertainment in the heart of the Tranent.
Trust Chairman Jonny Russell said: “This award is great news and gives the Trust a massive boost to our funding campaign. The building as it is has no long term future and we are delighted that our plans to regenerate this site have been recognised by this award.
We would like to thank East Lothian Council for showing their support for our project by partnering The Fraser Centre in this application.”
Development Manager David Orr said: “After the news of our planning permission being accepted last month this news really keeps the momentum going and gives us a major funding boost.
There is a lot of fundraising to be achieved before any work commences but this is certainly a huge step in the right direction. If you want to get involved please visit www.friendsofthefrasercentre.com and find out how you can help or what fundraising initiatives we have going on that you can get involved with.
The project will embrace the history of the old building by continuing to screen a community cinema programme, however the new facility will offer much more to the community with a variety of social, health, educational and business opportunities in the new hub”.
Welcoming the funding, Douglas Proudfoot, Head of Development, East Lothian Council said:
“Towns Centres play a key part in the County, whether for retail, residential, business or recreational use. The importance of their revitalisation is reflected in the East Lothian Economic Development Strategy 2012-2022, the Fa’side Area Partnership’s Area Plan 2015-2023, current and proposed Local Plans, and our Council Plan.
As a Council we have set ourselves the aim to improve the quality of life for local people leading to a prosperous, safe, and sustainable East Lothian which can offer a dynamic and thriving economy.
Whilst East Lothian Council is a major driver of the regeneration plans we recognise that partnership, both now and for the future, is the key to any stimulus and the involvement of local community groups, businesses, voluntary sector, schools, and external funders is vital to breathe new life into our towns.”
Jamie Baker, East Lothian Council’s Town Centre Regeneration Officer said “We were pleased to be able to partner with The Fraser Centre Community Trust in securing this funding for Tranent. Local residents see the value of the centre and view the proposals to re-develop it as a key part of major improvements to regenerate Tranent town centre.
After a great deal of work by the local community over a number of years, culminating with the Tranent Charrette in 2015, we are currently seeing real improvements to Tranent Town Centre with the redevelopment of a number of sites and new businesses opening.
The Tranent Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), which is a joint initiative between the Council and Historic Environment Scotland, offers grants to repair and improve properties within the Town and is already helping to bring vacant properties back into use.
The redevelopment of the Fraser Centre site right in the centre of the Town will be a great boost and we’re very pleased that the Scottish Government and COSLA are supporting Tranent’s aspirations with this funding.”
For further information on The Fraser Centre project please visit www.friendsofthefrasercentre.com or email email@example.com
For further information on the Tranent Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme visit http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/tranentcars or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Regeneration Capital Grant Fund
A total of 29 projects across Scotland will be awarded a share of £25 million in 2017/18 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which supports projects in disadvantaged areas that engage and involve local communities.
Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart and Cllr Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability, announced the funding on a visit to Out of the Blue in Leith, one of the sites that will benefit.
Mr Stewart said:
“I am delighted that 29 fantastic locally-driven projects will benefit from this major injection of funding. Spanning the length and breadth of the country, they will help regenerate local areas, stimulate economic growth and create new jobs.
“The focus of the projects range from tackling social isolation to services to address health inequalities, educational attainment, support ex-offenders and boost tourism. They are an excellent example of how national and local government are working together on shared priorities that benefit local communities.
Cllr Hagan said:
“I’m very pleased to announce today the projects to be funded in 2017/2018 from the joint COSLA and Scottish Government RCGF. This fund is invaluable in helping to transform communities up and down the country and results in strong economic, social and physical regeneration outcomes.
“The diversity of the projects being supported is a testament to innovative thinking from local communities where regeneration activity is being tailored to local circumstances.
“The RCGF continues to go from strength to strength and the successful projects announced today reinforce local authorities’ commitment to regenerating their local communities for the benefit of local people.”
- The Fraser Centre Community Trust is a registered charity SCO43597, for press enquiries please contact: David Orr, Development Manager, The Fraser Centre; 01875 617444 or email@example.com.
- The venue address is: The Fraser Centre, 3a Winton Place, Tranent, East Lothian, EH33 1AF, for event information visit www.thefrasercentre.com For fundraising updates please visit www.friendsofthefrasercentre.com
- The quotes from Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart and Cllr. Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability have been taken from the Scottish Government website: http://news.gov.scot/news/gbp-25-million-for-local-regeneration
- East Lothian Council contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01620 827 731
- Tranent CARS (Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme) is a grant programme supported by East Lothian Council and Historic Environment Scotlandthat makes available funds for regenerating and improving Tranent Town Centre through repairing and enhancing the historic fabric. The Scheme covers the whole of Tranent’s Conservation Area. Grants are available for good quality, long lasting repair and enhancement work to buildings located within the Conservation Area. All work must be carried out with respect for the character and structure of the building and Tranent’s historic environment. The Scheme will be available until FY 19/20 and all work must be completed by then. http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/tranentcars