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£1.5m for town centres

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A £1.5 million grant to support town centres is coming to Dumfires and Galloway.

It is from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund and will allow the council to ensure the area’s high streets are more diverse, sustainable and successful in the face of changing and evolving retail patterns.

The money is intended to fund a wide range of investments which will make town centres more vibrant, enterprising, and accessible. This could include the re-purposing of empty buildings for housing or social and community enterprises.

Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said: “Town centres are facing challenges across Scotland in adapting to a changing retail climate, and it is important that we help them to diversify and adjust to overcome these challenges.

“I want to make sure we can keep life in our high streets, and ensure they continue to be thriving places for communities to live, work and enjoy.”

Dumfries and Galloway Council have not yet announced where or how they will spend the funding.

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