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Mauchline CARS Christmas Newsletter

It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of 2022. It has been a very busy and productive year behind the scenes for the Mauchline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

We wish our community, friends and partners a happy holiday and a joyful New Year.

Read our Christmas Newsletter to find out more about what Mauchline CARS have been able to progress this year.

Read the Mauchline CARS Christmas Newsletter

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Mauchline ECHO December article

Within our December article for the Mauchline Echo we discuss our recent appointment of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) as our Traditional Building Skills training provider and course we plan to establish in 2023.

Read our December article for the Mauchline Echo (PDF 444Kb)

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Mauchline CARS Training Programme 

As you may be aware a key objective within the Mauchline CARS was to increase the knowledge in traditional building skills and we are happy to share with you that we have now confirmed a Traditional Building Skills Training Programme with the Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT). This will include four courses which are currently at the early stages of planning and dates for commencement are yet to be confirmed.

Read more about our planned courses.

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Mauchline Conservation Area Appraisal 

Are you aware of the Mauchline Conservation Area Appraisal (CAA) which was published in 2019?

This is a great reference document for all property owners within the Conservation Area and also for anyone who may have an interest in the history of our little village

Read the Mauchline Conservation Area Appraisal (PDF 5.08Mb)

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Mauchline ECHO October article

Within our October article for the Mauchline Echo we discuss our recent successful application to the Place Based Investment Programme to support our first phase of public realm improvements.

Read our October article for the Mauchline Echo (PDF 254Kb)

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Public Realm Phase 1 funding approved

We recently collaborated with Mauchline Community Council to submit a bid for funding from the Place Based Investment Programme (PBIP) for match funding to support our first phase of improvement works for Mauchline’s street lighting. We aim to complete improvements across Loudoun Street and the medieval core of the village around the tower, churchyard and lanes.

As a joint bid, the Mauchline Community Council requested funding for improvement works to all the benches throughout the village.

We are happy to announce we recently received notification that we have been successful in gaining funding support for our application and are excited to progress our plans into motion.

Read more about our Phase 1 Lighting Improvements (PDF 1.34Mb)

Read more about Mauchline Community Council Bench Improvements (PDF 3.35Mb)

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Mauchline CARS colour palette

Prime development in central Mauchline was from the mid-18th century to early 20th century, half of the Georgian period and all of the Victorian period.

Due to the fashion at the time and the affordable paint pigments that were available, the traditional Victorian colour palette was dark with rich shades of maroon, red, burgundy, chestnut, dark greens, browns and blue.

Download our specially curated colour palette to aid you in choosing an appropriate paint colour for your property and its features.

Mauchline Colour Palette (PDF 1.05Mb)

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Mauchline ECHO August article

Within our August article for the Mauchline Echo we discuss paint colours appropriate to use on our historic buildings in Mauchline

Read our August article for the Mauchline Echo (PDF 254Kb)

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Mauchline conservation area materials audit

In 2021, Mauchline CARS and Wylie Shanks instructed the Scottish Lime Centre Trust to complete a Materials Audit of various buildings within Mauchline Conservation Area.

This audit will assist in assessing the appropriate materials for stone and mortar repairs to many of Mauchline's buildings currently being progressed for grant funding support.

Read more about our findings on the Mauchline CARS downloads page.

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Mauchline community action plan needs you!

In support of our colleagues at Vibrant Communities and the Mauchline Community Action Group we would like to share with you the Community Action Plan Questionnaire. The previous Community Action Plan (CAP) recently expired and the Mauchline Community Action Group now need your views on the village to compose a new plan for the future. 

These plans are crucial to support successful places to live, work and enjoy and the residents views are therefore the foundation to achieve this.

Complete the Mauchline Community Action Plan online survey to have your say.

For further information email Heather Mcvie Branley at

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Article 4 and removal of deemed advertisement consent 

If you own or lease a property within the Conservation Area of Mauchline you will have recently received communication regarding recent progress with Article 4 and Removal of Deemed Advertisement Consent.

Read more about this proposal on our consultation page

Proposal documents

View or download the following proposal documents for the Mauchline Conservation Area:


The consultation is open until 4pm on Friday 29 July 2022.

How to comment online

We would appreciate your feedback on this and ask that you please complete our Mauchline Conservation Area Consultation Survey.


We will also accept representations via email to

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Mauchline CARS launches Property Maintenance Plan 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our property Maintenance and Management Plan (MAMP), an easy to use guide produced in collaboration with our Conservation Accredited Architects at Wylie Shanks Architects. The guide can be used by all property owners to keep track of their properties maintenance needs.

Within the guide you will  find advice of when and how frequently you should be checking all aspects of your property. Also included is external advisatory documents and guides produced by Historic Environment Scotland.

The MAMP is available for download from our Downloads webpage, hard copies are also available to collect from the Mauchline CARS office.

Download our Maintenance and Management Plan 2022 (PDF 621Kb) to assist you in appropriate property maintenance.

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Mauchline CARS donates to DEC 

We are pleased to share with you that thanks to our fundraising efforts during the Holy Fair, Mauchline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme managed to raise £180.00 towards the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Your donations will support the DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who contributed and supported this cause with us by purchasing the 'Old Mauchline' book or the "Cumnock Cookbook" on the day of the Holy Fair. Thank you!

Find out more about the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

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Mauchline CARS property maintenance 

On Monday 6 June 2022, we held our first 'in-person' meeting since the pandemic - an evening of Property Maintenance, including the launch of our property owners Property Maintenance and Management Plan (MAMP).

The evening consisted of advice and helpful tips on property maintenance from Wendy Corrigan, Conservation Accredited Architect at Wylie Shanks and Duncan Edwards, roofing specialist from Tectorum Property. Mitchell Fotheringham from the Scottish Lime Centre Trust also attended and presented the findings from the Mauchline Conservation Area Materials Audit.

Read Wendy's presentation on our Property Maintenance Plan (PDF 6.59Mb)

Read Mitchell's presentation on our Materials Audit (PDF 4.32Mb)

To download our free Property Maintenance and Management Plan along with our helpful guides visit our Downloads webpage

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Mauchline ECHO June article

We are pleased to announce we will be hosting a regular feature within the Mauchline Echo, our local village magazine. We aim to include any relevant updates of Mauchline CARS progress as well as any projects we are currently working on.

Read our June article for the Mauchline Echo (PDF 198Kb)

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Mauchline receives community payback

We have been very busy behind the scenes working with many organisations  receive some support in sprucing up our little village. 

We have been working closely with Michelle and her team for Community Payback work, Vibrant Communities, David at Greener Communities and Lawrie at Outdoor amenities.

Read more about what was achieved and see before and after pictures.

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Join us for a Property Maintenance and Management evening

We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming Property Management and Maintenance evening on Monday 6 June from 6pm until 8.30pm at The Centre Stane, Mauchline.

Find out more about what we have planned for our Property Maintenance and Management evening by reading our latest newsletter.

Complete our online form to note your intention to join us.

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Mauchline Holy Fair Mini Artist Competition

We recently held an art competition where  children were asked to draw their favourite old building in Mauchline.

We would like to thank all who took part and let the voting commence.

We loved all the art work submitted from the children and would like to share it with you all.

View all the art submissions and see if there are any you recognise.

Vote for your favourite piece by completing our online form

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We are joining the Mauchline Holy Fair 

We are so pleased to share with you that we will be joining the Mauchline Holy Fair this year being held on Saturday 28 May.

As part of the exciting build up to the fair we are hosting a children's art competition where all of Mauchline's Mini Artists are invited to submit a piece of art work of their favourite old building from our town. These will be hosted on our Facebook page and our Mauchline CARS webpages for all to vote.

The winner will then be announced via social media after the Holy Fair. Prizes have been generously provided by Woody's Ice Cream Shop and The Mossgiel Snug.

Read more about our plans for Mauchline Holy Fair

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Calling all of Mauchline’s Mini Artists!

We are so excited to share with you all our upcoming competition where we are inviting all the Mini Artists of Mauchline to share a piece of art work depicting their favourite old building within our town.

We recently teamed up with Mauchline Primary School for an in-house competition with the winners art work being used in our marketing for the Holy Fair competitions. See Amber's winning drawing of Burns House Museum below, this will also be used on our social media platforms and posters around the town. Well done Amber!

Read more about our Mini Artists competition.

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Would you like to be a member of Mauchline Business Association?

Become a member of Mauchline Business Association

As part of Mauchline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme we plan to support local business owners to establish a new Mauchline Business Association. A way for all local businesses to work together in unison to promote Mauchline as a key place for visitors and tourists.

Read more about Mauchline Business Association 

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Are you interested in the upcoming work opportunities in Mauchline?

If so we'd love to add your details to our Heritage Trades Directory.

Mauchline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is giving grant support to property owners both private and business for the restoration and repair of historic fabric in traditional buildings.

Works may include:

  • masonry and roof repairs
  • replacement and repair of
    • timber windows
    • doors
    • cast iron rain goods
  • shopfront improvements
  • timber signage
  • decorations including sign writing

If you would like to be considered for addition to our Directory then please register your details with examples of your works by emailing

We'll make our Directory available to property owners who are planning to carry out property improvements under Mauchline CARS.

We'll also share your details with  East Ayrshire's Trusted Traders and they'll be held within their 'Heritage' sector.

Registering for our Heritage Trades Directory does not guarantee work, nor does it indicate that East Ayrshire Council approves of any contractor who registers.

To register with our Heritage Trades Directory you must also register and have a profile with Trusted Traders. For full information on their vetting process and requirements from contractors please visit  Trusted Trader: East Ayrshire vetting process.

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Have your say on our proposed lighting improvement plans

As part of Mauchline CARS we are committed to completing a range of Public Realm improvements.

Working with Ayrshire Roads Alliance we now have an opportunity to jointly fund the upgrading of the current street lighting. Therefore, our first potential improvements will be to the current street lighting.

The first phase we are considering for lighting improvements is  Loudoun Street, car park, churchyard and lanes (Image 264Kb).

We are currently considering two styles of lighting (Image 127Kb) to be used within the Mauchline Conservation Area.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Complete our online survey to share your views.

The survey closes on Friday 8 April 2022.

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Restoration and repair of original sash and case windows

Within Mauchline there are a number of properties which still have their original sash and case windows intact. These windows play a vital part in the overall aesthetic of the Conservation Area, and therefore a person's experience within our town.

On this note, we are happy to share with you, if you currently own a property with the original sash and case windows, you could be eligible for grant funding to restore them.

This is just one aspect of grant funding for which your property may be eligible. Our Mauchline CARS  Conservation Accredited Architects Wylie Shanks can also advise on any other repairs or restorations required.

If you would like to discuss this matter further please complete an online Expression of Interest application form and a member of the Mauchline CARS team will contact you.

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Mauchline CARS virtual update

On Wednesday 26 January 2022, we held a virtual update on Mauchline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Within the update we held two presentations.

First by Darran Littauer-Dolan, Mauchline CARS Project Officer, who provided a general update on the progress of Mauchline CARS to date and detailed any questions attendees had submitted.

Read more of Darran's presentation on Mauchline CARS  (PDF 1.18Mb)

Second by Wendy Corrigan, Conservation Architect for Wylie Shanks Architects, detailing the progress they have made with individual property surveys, the Conservation Area Management Plan (CAMP) and more.

Read more of Wendy's presentation on Mauchline CARS  (PDF 3.46Mb)

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Introducing Wylie Shanks, our Conservation Accredited Architects

In September 2020 we appointed Glasgow based Wylie Shanks Architects as our dedicated Conservation Accredited Architects. 

Their Conservation Partner, Wendy Corrigan, a member of the National Trust for Scotland’s Board of Trustees, is overseeing the Mauchline CARS projects.

Read more about Wylie Shanks

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Mauchline CARS Christmas newsletter, 20 December 2021

During this year we have been able to progress many of our initial expressions of interest forward to their design stage.

We have collaborated with Mauchline Primary School and the Creative Minds Team to produce the "Rabbie Road" Project and so much more.

Read more about Mauchline CARS in our Christmas newsletter 

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Mauchline CARS appoints new Project Officer, 16 December 2021

My name is Darran Littauer-Dolan and I am your new Project Officer for Mauchline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), following the retirement of Lynn Rew.

Previously I was employed by Glasgow City Council, I have a degree in Urban & Regional Planning and qualifications in Architectural Conservation, Interior Design and Graphic Communication.

I have a keen interest in restoring and conserving buildings having carried out a number of my own housing restorations. I have moved into a traditional house in the town which you can read more about in my newsletter bulletin.

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Express an interest with Mauchline CARS, 14 December 2021

Mauchline CARS Project is a heritage-led regeneration scheme funded by Historic Environment Scotland: CARS and East Ayrshire Council.

The scheme gives property owners within the Mauchline Conservation Area the opportunity to apply for grant funding for building repairs, re-instatement of architectural detail and, shop front improvements.

Read more about our project and express an interest in Mauchline CARS

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Read our Mauchline CARS update, 9 September 2021

Despite the interruption of COVID-19, here at the Mauchline CARS project we have been busy working on the next stage of our plans to regenerate the town's historic buildings. 

And now we'd like to ask for your help. We are giving you the opportunity to give us your views and to shape the future of Mauchline with a number of community engagement initiatives.

Have your say on our latest Mauchline CARS update

Previous updates about Mauchline CARS

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Mauchline CARS Steering Group celebrate the launch of the Mauchline scheme

Application for funding

In November 2018 we submitted an application for funding from Historic Environment Scotland's Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) for funding for a number of projects in Mauchline's historic heart. 

Background information

The Mauchline CARS will help building owners with grants to conserve and repair historically important buildings using sympathetic materials and methods, making them fit for purpose in the 21st Century.

It will help fund:

  • historic fabric repairs for priority projects
  • a small grant schemes for multiple properties, including building repairs and shopfront improvements
  • a wide range of community activities, potentially including an ‘Artist in Residence’
  • training for professional craftspeople, construction workers and the wider community
  • public realm conservation and restoration

The CARS funding comes in part from Historic Environment Scotland and East Ayrshire Council, with a contribution from  owner of the premises themselves.

In March 2019 the bid succeeded.

Read our press release: Mauchline set for multi-million pound facelift.

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Contact Information


Mauchline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)
15 Earl Grey Street
Telephone: 01290 552973