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£25m to transform communities

Published: 26 Feb 2016 15:45

Grants will support regeneration projects.

Communities across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £25 million to help regenerate their areas.

26 projects will receive funding from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), Housing Minister Margaret Burgess and Cllr Stephen Hagan, COSLA Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability, announced today.

The fund, which has been developed in partnership with local authorities, supports projects that deliver new and improved infrastructure bringing significant positive outcomes for deprived areas. The funding brings the total number of RCGF projects supported to date to 66.

Projects receiving a share of the funding include:

  • £1.8m for Stranraer Town Centre Regeneration Initiative, aiming to improve links within the town centre
  • £290K to support the Craigsfarm Community Hub Project in West Lothian, which will create a create a space for recreation and office space
  • £1.15m for the Fraserburgh 2021 Project, which aims to redevelop two listed buildings for business and community use.

Mrs Burgess said:

"Local people are at the heart of these projects, which, with the help of this funding, will transform the spaces around them. Not only do these projects transform town centres, but they stimulate economic growth, and support and create jobs throughout Scotland.

"Regenerating disadvantaged communities is a priority for this government, and I am delighted to continue to work with local authorities to announce this £25 million investment in a further 26 projects."

Councillor Stephen Hagan said:

"Once again the joint COSLA and Scottish Government RCGF is helping to support projects right across Scotland that will transform communities and improve social, economic, and physical outcomes.

"Projects range from town centre regeneration schemes and community and business hubs, to more heritage based initiatives. The variety of projects being funded highlights the diversity of approaches to regeneration across Scotland, which is tailored and responsive to the needs of local communities.

"Despite the current very challenging financial climate regeneration continues to be a key focus for all Scottish local authorities, and I look forward to seeing these projects come to life and transform our communities over the coming years."