Today (Wed 24 Jan 2018) Falkirk is celebrating an injection of £462,300 to help shape the area’s future development, one of the first awards to be made through The National Lottery’s new Great Place scheme. The funding will help develop projects and collaborations centred on the place’s unique culture and heritage to address issues such as poverty, employment, health and education.
The Great Places Scheme has been devised and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in consultation with organisations involved in regeneration to ensure it responds to the specific needs of Scottish places, from city-wide initiatives to smaller, rural schemes. Falkirk: landscape, industry and work will use the funding to heritage at the heart of joined-up thinking to create a better place for people to live and visit.
Falkirk: landscape, industry and work is a partnership project focussing on heritage routes and industrial transformation, we will build on heritage initiatives already in place and strengthen collaboration among heritage groups in the area. A community storytelling and digital archive will be created, we will use our heritage routes as a means of encouraging people to combine heritage exploration with walking, cycling and other activity. We will nurture pride in Falkirk’s manufacturing tradition to encourage a new generation of young people working in the area’s industries. We will recruit a team to work with communities to turn these ideas into exciting new ways to make the most of our heritage assets to the benefit of local people and visitors alike.
Commenting on the announcement, Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:
“You can’t imagine Falkirk without it’s heritage routes - the Antonine Wall, canals and railways, and its iconic buildings and structures: Kinneil House, Callendar House and the Falkirk Wheel. Heritage and culture gives the place a unique identity and makes it special for the people that live there. It’s the roots if you like. This scheme will show how building on those roots can have a hugely positive impact on the local economy in terms of health, employment and education, as well as well as instilling community cohesion and pride.
Thanks to players of The National Lottery, we are enabling a step-change in thinking, encouraging local leaders to come together and recognise that heritage is a driving force for change for Falkirk.”
Ruth Morrison, Chair of Falkirk Community Trust which will be leading the project, said:
“We are delighted to reunite the partnership that successfully developed the Helix Park and Kelpies; the partners will work together to build capacity within the area’s heritage sector and use the routes that criss-cross the area to connect our shared heritage assets.”
Representatives from the other project partners also expressed their delight at the award:
A Falkirk Council Spokesperson said:
“We are delighted Falkirk has received this award. This project will celebrate the rich and varied heritage in our area through investment in physical, social and digital networks while raising awareness of career opportunities in modern industy. Not only will links with community and heritage organisations be strengthened but art and cultural events will be supported to attract more visitors to the area and encourage local people to explore our rich Falkirk heritage.
Richard Millar, Director of Infrastructure at Scottish Canals, said: “Following the fantastic impact that The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies have had in attracting visitors and visitor spend to the area, this is the next step in how to continue using Scotland’s canals to ensure that Falkirk and the surrounding area remains one of the nation’s top tourism destinations.”
Simon Rennie, Chief Executive of Central Scotland Green Network Trust, said, “We are delighted to be a partner in this great project which once again demonstrates the innovative and forward thinking work that so characterises Falkirk these days. This project will help capture and secure Falkirk’s past whilst also providing an opportunity for some of Falkirk’s youngsters to experience the Modern Producer Economy, an economy absolutely rooted in the future.”
Wednesday, 24th January 2018