Date lodged: 3 May 2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether funding allocated for town centre regeneration can be used for the repair and refurbishment of a pier, where it is integral to the economic viability of the town.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 10 May 2019
The Town Centre Fund is a ring-fenced capital fund for local authorities. An overarching aim of the fund is to contribute to transformative investments which drive local economic activities and re-purpose town centres to become more diverse, successful and sustainable. Capital expenditure can be used for physical infrastructure changes which diversify, regenerate or contribute to the economic development of the town centre.
It is for local authorities to allocate funding, and supporting guidance indicates that it is expected that they make investment decisions in the context of national and local commitments to town centres including the Town Centre First Principle and Town Centre Action Plan; and, more recently, the Place Principle. These decisions should be based on an understanding of town centre performance and ownership, shared visions and plans with local communities, partners and stakeholders fully engaged; and, identification of physical infrastructure changes that will contribute to achieving those visions. In this context, in some towns this could therefore include the repair or refurbishment of a pier.