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23 February 2011

MSP Comments On Portsoy Funding Boost

The historic harbour of Portsoy will use regeneration funding to make it a more attractive tourist destination Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop has announced.

The Minister confirmed that £500,000 is being made available to bolster Aberdeenshire Council’s ambitious plans for the area.

The Historic Scotland Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme funding for Portsoy will be used to fund skills training for young people as well as the repair of historic buildings.

Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, said:

“Portsoy is a beautiful place with a unique character that has much to offer to visitors.

“As well as the £0.5m funding, this award gives the council and building owners access to expertise and guidance. The overall aim is to create opportunities them to improve the streetscapes, attract more visitors, develop training in traditional skills and invest in the local economy.”

Speaking from Holyrood, local MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“This is excellent news not just for Portsoy but the wider Banffshire coast. Portsoy is one of the jewels we have dotted along the Moray Firth and I’m delighted with this announcement from the Scottish Government.

“The town is, of course, already a popular destination with visitors thanks to events like the Traditional Boat Festival and attractions such as the Salmon Bothy and many others. Any assistance in maintaining an attractive and vibrant town has got to be good news and I look forward to further progress in this regard.”
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