A ‘Stitch in Time’ for Cupar Town Centre
Published 21st June 2019
Fife Council will be carrying out a maintenance visit to some buildings in the Cupar town centre as part of a ‘Stitch in Time’ exercise generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund through the Cupar Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and Townscape Heritage Initiative (Cupar CARS/THI). This will complement the recent £7million improvements to the town centre such as the redevelopment of the Burgh Chambers and part of the County Buildings, the building repair grant scheme for private owners, and the works to Steele’s Close and Speedie’s Close.
There have been many improvements to the town centre in recent years, however a street level survey carried out by Fife Council of the front facades and roofs of buildings in the area has shown there continues to be extensive minor disrepair, and in some instances, significant disrepair affecting buildings.
Alan Brown, Contracts/Maintenance Supervisor at Fife Council, said: “The lack of investment in maintaining town centre properties gives cause for concern as the continuing deterioration of the front facades create a risk to public safety. It is in this context that Fife Council will carry out a maintenance visit to some of the accessible buildings on St Catherine Street, Bonnygate and Crossgate. We will use cherry-picker vehicles to carry out basic roof maintenance to the front facades including cleaning out gutters and downpipes and removing vegetation growth from roofs, chimneys and stonework. Advance notice will be given to the targeted properties.”
Fiona Stenke, Project Officer at Fife Historic Buildings Trust, said: “We are delighted that funding has been made available through the Cupar CARS/THI scheme for this one-off initiative. However, it is important that property owners are aware that they are responsible for the repair and maintenance of their buildings. In flatted properties, owners also have a legal duty to maintain the common parts of the building. Some really useful information on repair, maintenance and owner responsibilities can be found at www.underoneroof.scot (impartial advice on repairs and maintenance for flat owners) and www.engineshed.scot/building-advice (guidance for owners of traditional buildings)”