Comhairle welcomes town centre fund

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed a Scottish Government allocation to the Western Isles of £223,000 under the Town Centre Fund 2019/20.

The purpose of the fund is to drive local economic activity and stimulate economic improvements to town centres.

Councillor Donald Crichton, chairman of Sustainable Development, commented: ‘This allocation of £223,000 under the Town Centre Fund is welcome and we will need to look closely at how to make the best use of funds and whether we can use this to lever in further funding from other sources.’

A report on the funding and how it could be allocated locally will go to future meetings of the Comhairle.

The announcement follows the budget statement in December that the Scottish Government would provide a new ring-fenced £50 million Town Centre Fund for 2019-20 within the local authority capital settlement.