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S5W-01443: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to support Hamilton Business Improvement District and what financial support it will provide to Hamilton town centre in the short to medium term.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 8 August 2016

The Hamilton Business Improvement District (BID) has received £75,525 in funding from the Scottish Government. This consists of:

A BID Seedcorn Development Grant of £20,000 in 2011 to develop the BID’s business proposal and prepare it for ballot.

Funding from Zero Waste Scotland of £35,000 in 2013 to fund a project manager to oversee a waste and recycling project aimed at ensuring businesses in Hamilton had the opportunity to recycle as much of their recyclable materials as possible from their premises as well as help them save money and ensure compliance with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

Funding from the Town Centre Communities Capital Fund of £20,525 in 2015 to enable the BID to install town centre Wi-Fi infrastructure and associated software.

We continue to support the development and growth of BIDS through our contract with Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) Scotland. We encourage all operational BIDS to engage the services of BIDS Scotland to discuss local challenges to help identify further support available.

The Scottish Government continues to fund Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) to
co-ordinate learning and share good practice on town centre activity in Scotland. STP have agreed to meet with Hamilton’s Community Planning Partnership along with Architecture and Design Scotland to discuss how to progress Hamilton’s town centre regeneration strategy.