The next phase of the £1.57million Hawick Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) has been announced this week, with a new round of grant funding opening. The latest round of funding for building repairs and improvements through the scheme can provide up to £15,000 of eligible project costs. Applications are open until 31 May 2021.

A new project team is in place at Scottish Borders Council to lead the scheme, which has been funded by Historic Environment Scotland, the Council and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership, which paved the way for South of Scotland Enterprise.

In conjunction with private sector investment in building repairs, the direct spend through the scheme will be more than £2m.

Originally a five-year programme, it has been extended by a year until 31 March 2025 due to the impact of COVID-19. The scheme has already helped to deliver a number of improvements in the town. These include works to three properties on the High Street, which has resulted in roof and masonry works, joinery repairs and external decoration.

Six priority buildings, identified by the community-led Hawick CARS Steering Group during the bid process have been included in the work programme, with a total budget of over £627,000 allocated to support traditional building repairs.

These buildings are:

– Former Glenmac Mill, Teviot Crescent
– 4 Round Close
– 24 High Street
– 26 High Street
– Former Queens Head, 32 High Street
– Former Liberal Club, 80 High Street/Brougham Place.

Grant funding totalling £450,000 is also available for other town centre property owners to undertake traditional building repairs.

Hawick CARS is funded by Historic Environment Scotland (£1.314m), Scottish Borders Council (£200,000) and South of Scotland Economic Partnership (£60,000), which paved the way for South of Scotland Enterprise.

Any property owners interested in the funding available through Hawick CARS can find out more information online at www.scotborders.gov.uk/HawickCARS or can contact the project team on HawickCARS@scotborders.gov.uk. A regular e-newsletter is also planned, and anyone who would like to subscribe should contact the team.