North MSPís Disappointment Over lack of Commitment for Wick Refurbishment

06 March 2009


Peter Peacock, Highlands and Islands Labour regional MSP has expressed his disappointment that the Scottish Government has not agreed to prioritise Wick for the Scottish Government Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

The newly created fund has £60 million available to support regeneration of town centres and local high streets in Scotland for the period 2009-10.

Mr Peacock said," I wrote to the Minister for Housing and Communities asking him to give Wick early and strong support for resources out of the fund to assist with the town centre regeneration.

"Unfortunately, he has not responded as positively as I would have liked.

"It is widely recognised that Wick town centre is long overdue for a substantial face lift.

"Indeed, a petition/ survey was undertaken over a year ago by my colleague Rhoda Grant MSP and myself in Wick town centre.

"There was strong community support for action to substantially upgrade the town.

"Town centres are a vital part of all communities and are very significant, both economically and socially, as an attractive and dynamic town centre can encourage inward investment.

Despite the Minister's disappointing initial response I will continue to press the case for funding for Wick."



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