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Parkhead Cross wins £1 million grant for historic improvement

Parkhead Cross has been granted funding of £1 million through Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, which has just awarded more than £10 million to 12 historic towns and areas throughout Scotland, towards the cost of improvements:

  • £1.6m Falkirk
  • £1.2m Kirkwall
  • £1m Cupar
  • £1m Parkhead Cross
  • £970,000 Inveraray
  • £750,000 Elgin
  • £750,000 Galston
  • £750,000 Selkirk
  • £645,000 Kirriemuir
  • £548,500 Gorebridge
  • £500,000 Banff
  • £500,000 Kilbirnie

The funds are designed to encourage local authorities to “invest in their historic environment, whilst helping to stimulate economic regeneration”. Allocated to local authorities by Historic Scotland, the grants are made available to provide financial assistance for regeneration and conservation initiatives.

There’s already been work carried out on some of the buildings which oversee the cross, and many of the tenement building are of a fine red sandstone with original detail in the carving, unlike the plain stone of building further away from the cross itself. It’s not so long which scaffolding that seemed to have become a permanent feature on Westmuir Street and Tollcross Road eventually disappeared, and we could see the building behind it once more.

Just across the road, another tenement with a fine feature topping the corner which overlooked the cross developed some sort of potentially hazardous defect, and a band of scaffolding was added around its perimeter, presumably to avoid it falling apart and dumping lumps of sandstone onto unwitting pedestrians passing below, which would probably not have been popular.

Hopefully, this addition – shown below – will be something that the grant will help to make disappear:

Parkhead scaffold

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February 9, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , ,

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