Edzell library restoration boosted by Leader funds

Inglis Memorial hall Angus Council has been award £33,000 to aid the restoration of the Inglis Memorial library

Plans to recreate a Victorian library in Edzell have been boosted following a £33,300 grant from a fund to supporting rural projects in Tayside.

Angus Council is planning to restore the Inglis Memorial library to its original 1898 design.

It is one of four projects benefiting from £85,000 worth of Leader grants.

Plans for a book festival in Blairgowrie, a tourist bus in Breadalbane and a bridge near St Fillans have also been awarded money.

The money has been distributed by the Rural Tayside Leader Local Action Group.

Leader is part of the Scottish rural development programme and supports small scale, innovative community driven projects that encourage local development and benefit the community.

Professional backing

Inglis Memorial library is considered to be one of the best preserved examples of a Victorian public library in the United Kingdom.

Angus Council's plans to restore the building have been supported by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional Historic Libraries Group and the Historic Libraries Forum.

The authority's convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison, said: "I'm delighted that the project to restore the historic library has been recognized by Leader as one worthy of financial support.

"I will be discussing this offer with colleagues to consider how we can take this forward."

The other grants awarded by the Leader fund include: £10,615 to establish a Book Festival in Blairgowrie and the Glens; £11,000 to pilot an extended "hop on, hop off" bus transport service across Breadalbane during the summer months and £30,000 to create a timber truss girder bridge to span the Glen Tarken Burn near St Fillans.

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