Scotland's historic buildings debate

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SNP MSP Chic Brodie paid tribute to the work of the Friends of Seafield House in Ayr during his member's debate on Scotland's historic buildings on 20 February 2013.

Mr Brodie noted that it was the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir William Arrol, the Scottish engineer, whose home was Seafield House.

The South of Scotland MSP said: "it would be a fitting tribute to name the new crossing over the Forth the Arrol bridge".

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop referred to the B-listed building when she said: "the story of our buildings are very much the story of our people".

The culture secretary noted that conservation projects around buildings can benefit local communities citing the examples of Castlemilk stables, Blackburn house and Maryhill Burgh hall.

Ms Hyslop said, however, much remains to be done with the Buildings at Risk Register showing 199 historic buildings still at risk, 32 have been saved and 29 currently being worked on.

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