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S5W-05223: Maurice Corry (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting town centre regeneration in (a) Argyll and Bute, (b) East Dunbartonshire, (c) East Renfrewshire, (d) Inverclyde, (e) North Ayrshire, (f) Renfrewshire and (g) West Dunbartonshire.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 13 December 2016

The Town Centre First Principle (TCFP) agreed by the Scottish cabinet and all Council Leaders asks that all investment decisions consider the impact on the town centre as a starting point. Furthermore, the measures set out in the Town Centre Action Plan (TCAP) set the conditions and supports activity across the wider public, private and community sectors to tackle the key issues in town centres across Scotland. More information on TCAP and TCFP can be found at the Scottish Government town centre regeneration website:

The Scottish Government funds Scotland’s Towns Partnership to support town centre projects and to share and promote learning from activity happening at a local level.

Local authorities remain responsible for local regeneration and local economic development. They are best placed to respond to local circumstances, working with their communities to develop the right vision for their town centres. Specific Scottish Government funding from regeneration budgets has supported the following town centre activity:

Regeneration Capital Grant Fund



Local Authority



Argyll and Bute

Redevelopment of Rothesay Pavilion


East Dunbartonshire

Kirkintilloch Town Centre regeneration


East Renfrewshire

Glasgow Road Corridor transformation



Riverside Inverclyde Urban Regeneration Company, Port Glasgow to transform Lower Town Quarter


North Ayrshire

Irvine Community Enterprise & Leisure Hub



Restoration of Russell Institute, Paisley


West Dunbartonshire

Clydebank Community Sports Hub

Town Centre Communities Capital Fund



Argyll & Bute

‘Heroes Centre’ community facility, Helensburgh


North Ayrshire

Trinity Church Community Hub, Irvine


North Ayrshire

‘Beith Craft’ town centre renovation project

Town Centre Housing Fund



East Dunbartonshire

85-87 Townhead, Kirkintilloch – to provide 15 units for social rent