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Stromness Townscape Heritage Initiative - End of Project

This page is for historical purposes only. This consultation is now closed.

The Stromness THI, a heritage –based grant scheme which seeks to deliver sustainable improvements to the built heritage of the Conservation Area, in an effort to make it a better play to live, work and visit, will come to an end in 2014.

Over the last 5 years, Stromness THI has invested grant money in the Conservation Area of Stromness, to aid the regeneration of the town centre, in an effort to make it a better place to live, work and visit.  The overall budget for the scheme, excluding private owner’s contributions, was £3.5million, which was primarily provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and Orkney Islands Council.  This funding has resulted in a total public/private investment of £6.3 million into the town.

The grant funding has facilitated more than 50 building repair grants to property owners, grant aid for repaving of the street from the historically accurate source, grants to bring vacant properties back into use and training and education initiatives which have considered the history, heritage and development of the town, resulting in outputs which can be enjoyed by the community and visitors alike.

The public, visitors and those who have been involved in the project now have the chance to provide their feedback on the work of the scheme through an online survey. The survey is being carried out to obtain feedback on the impact the investment has had on the town and the people who live, work and visit Stromness.  The survey is open to all, however, there are also sections specific to people who have received a grant, business owners and people who have attended training events.

The survey will take 5 – 10 minutes to complete and the results will be used as part of the final evaluation of the Stromness THI for the funders to give honest and open feedback, so quotes may be used for public feedback purposes.

Completed entries will be entered into a prize draw for 10 Stromness Shop vouchers from some of the businesses who have been involved with the THI.  To be entered into the draw you will need to complete your details at the end of the survey. 

An open day is also being held in the Stromness Town Hall on Monday 12 May, between 1.30pm and 6pm to mark the conclusion of this project and give the public the opportunity to see what has been achieved.

To share the impact of the project with the public, the open day will provide displays giving more information about the wide range of schemes and property projects that have been grant aided.