Funding award for Heritage Society

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The Buchanhaven Heritage Society has received a £40,764 funding boost from SITA Trust for its Buchanhaven Community Hub.

The former school built in 1850 had some minor repairs in the 1980’s however much is now in need of refurbishment.

This will be a 3 Phase approach with the first phase seeing new windows and doors installed, roof vents placed in the slate roof and re-painting.

New toilets and a disabled toilet will also be installed.

Society chair Alex Geddes said: “We are delighted with the award of funding from SITA Trust which will not only ensure the building will be wind and water tight, it will also allow us to install a disabled toilet within the Centre.

“Without the support of SITA Trust the Centre would have continued to be at risk to the elements and we are indebted to the Trust for their help and support throughout the process.”

He added: “Once the works are complete we can then look to other sources for some internal works we intend to carry out, but this has been a major step forward to our project plan and we look forward to seeing the Centre evolve in the early part of 2016.”

Marianne Ivin of SITA Trust said: “The Buchanhaven Heritage Society are very enthusiastic and very driven group who are looking to make maximum use of the historic little school building.

“The current windows are letting in water and the leaks in the roof are affecting the electrics.

“Having to close the building due to an electrical failures really demonstrated the urgency of this project and it will be great to see the group get started on their 3 phase plan of refurbishment works.”

SITA Trust provides grants through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund – an important source of funding which came into effect in April 2015.

The scheme is linked to the Scottish Landfill Tax and encourages landfill site operators to provide contributions to approved bodies, who can then pass the funds onto community and environmental projects.