Dumfries & Galloway has been “left with the scraps” of Scottish Government funding designed to aid with town centre regeneration. That’s the message from Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Dumfries & Galloway Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson.
Only one project in the region, the Creetown Initiative, has been offered funding from the £1.7million Town Centre Communities Capital Fund.
A total of twenty one projects across Scotland are to be offered funding from the Town Centre Communities Capital Fund.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“This is just another example of Dumfries & Galloway being left with the scraps of Scottish Government funding. Town centres across our region are a long way away from what local people expect to see. Obviously it doesn’t help with being a short journey from retail giants in cities out with the region. The struggle is going to be looking for innovative ways to draw people back to our town centres, but that can only be delivered with sufficient and fair funding from the Scottish Government.”
Dumfries & Galloway Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson said:
“The Council are doing everything we can with our restricted budget to help start-up businesses and community projects in our town centres through grants and advice. However it’s clear that the Scottish Government don’t have the same commitment, and see our regions town centres as a low priority compared with the rest of Scotland. Unless they match their rhetoric with the necessary funding, it will be a real struggle to get vacant shops and derelict buildings back into use, and return our town centres back to their former glory.”