Scottish towns share in regeneration fund

Bank Street, Kilmarnock
Image caption The government wants to see in a "new era" for Scotland's high streets

Seven Scottish towns are to benefit from a £2.75m government fund aimed at breathing new life into town centres.

It will be spent on converting vacant properties into affordable homes as part of a vision to bring about a "new era" for Scotland's high streets.

Councils, housing associations and private developers had been urged to apply for a share of the funding pot.

The town centre housing fund was originally £2m, but was increased to allow more areas to benefit.

Local Government Minister Derek Mackay, said: "The Scottish government is determined that our town centres should be vibrant, attractive and safe places where local people and visitors alike want to live, work and do business in.

"The town centre housing fund is one of a range of measures designed to encourage and support action to improve our town centres."

Here is how the cash is being divided:

  • Clackmannanshire Council gets £782,000 to help develop 17 homes in Stirling Street, Alva.
  • Fife Council gets £764,000 for 18 properties at Cupar's County Buildings.
  • Angus Council gets £200,000 to develop about four homes in Carnoustie High Street.
  • East Dunbartonshire Council gets the same amount for six homes in Townhead, Kirkintilloch.
  • Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association gets £350,000 to help provide seven homes in Bridge Street, Tranent.
  • Kingdom Housing Association gets £255,523 for 14 properties at the former Crown Hotel in Crieff.
  • Clyde Valley Housing Association gets £150,000 for seven homes in Bank Street, Coatbridge.

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