A PROJECT aiming to breathe new life into Mauchline’s historic buildings is beginning the new year with a publicity drive to make sure people in the town know about the scheme and how they could benefit.

The Mauchline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a heritage-led regeneration scheme for the town which will run until March 2024.

Funded by Historic Environment Scotland and East Ayrshire Council, it will provide property owners in the Mauchline conservation area with the chance to apply for grants for building repairs, re-instatement of architectural detail and shop front improvements.

The aim of the scheme is to maximise and sustain the economic potential of Mauchline’s culture and heritage assets through the restoration and repair of six key historic buildings, bringing them, where necessary, back into productive and sustainable use.

There is also a small grants scheme to enable and encourage private owners to carry out urgent repairs on traditional and older properties.

An education and training programme for those involved or wishing to be involved in the traditional construction industry is also available.

Project officer Darran Littauer-Dolan said: “I cannot wait to start seeing the restoration works begin. It really is an exciting time for Mauchline.

“I would like to thank all members of the community for their interest in the project and again to those who have expressed their interest in restoring our beautiful and historic town’s buildings.

“I am currently working hard behind the scenes to ensure our Mauchline office is ready to open to the public at which point I look forward to meeting more of our community.

“If you have any questions or would like to find out more information on Mauchline CARS and how we can support you please get in touch.”

Email CARS@east-ayrshire.gov.uk to find out more details.