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AUCHTERARDER CASTLE AN IMPORTANT LINK TO THE PAST

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has highlighted the consultation process regarding proposals by Historic Environment Scotland affecting the historic remains of Auchterarder Castle in her constituency.

 

Ms Cunningham said:

“The remains of Auchterarder Castle certainly date from the mid-17th century and the castle is reputed to have been around for much longer than that, traditionally considered to have been a hunting seat of Malcolm III in the 11th century.

“Indeed, it could well be that it is the one remaining link to the Lang Toon’s medieval past.

“However, a proposal being made by Historic Environment Scotland would, on the one hand, remove the remains of Auchterarder Castle from the Schedule of Historic Monuments but would also – at the same time – add, not only Auchterarder Castle, but also other parts of Castlemains Farmhouse and Folly, to the List of buildings of special architectural or historic interest at category C.

“The Scheduling and Listing system is an important part of the way in which we protect and preserve historic monuments and our built heritage for future generations.

“I am aware that there is the potential for the continued development of housing in the area to threaten the future of this ancient piece of our local heritage and serious consideration must be given to whether the proposals by HES strengthen or undermine our ability to prevent that happening.

“The consultation period regarding these changes was opened on the 19th of June and initially intended to end today, the 10th of July,  I have received notification from Historic Environment Scotland that the consultation has been extended to the 19th of July and I would urge anyone who has a view on this
proposal to share that with HES so that all relevant voices are heard in the-decision making process.

“Decisions regarding the national importance of ancient buildings need to be informed by local voices.”

 

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NOTE: Documents relating to the consultation, and information on how to engage with it, can be found online at http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/decision/500002534

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Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design