Funding for town centre housing

Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley SNP MSP Adam Ingram is urging local authorities, housing associations and private developers to sign up for a £2 million fund which will bring empty town centre properties back into use for affordable housing.

Funding for the scheme was allocated in the 2013 budget and developers, councils and housing associations have until October 30 to apply to the scheme.

The fund complements work already underway to improve town centres. In July the Scottish Government welcomed the independent Town Centre Review which details key recommendations for reenergising Scotland’s town centres.

The Scottish Government is currently reviewing the report and will respond with a town centre action plan later this year.

Commenting Mr Ingram said:

“Our town centres should be vibrant places where local people and visitors alike want to live, work and do business in.

“Many of our town centres have empty properties that are no longer in use and are a blight on local high streets. This fund will complement on-going town centre regeneration activity.

“The Scottish Government is now seeking bids for this fund, and I urge both South and East Ayrshire Councils, local housing associations and private developers to consider entering a bid at www.scotland.gov.uk/regeneration<http://www.scotland.gov.uk/regeneration> no later than 30 October.”