Expert advice and information on town centre development will continue to be available to Borders towns from Scotland’s Towns Partnership.
The partnership has been awarded a £186,000 two year development grant to continues its role as the go-to body for 200 towns and villages across Scotland.
Welcoming news of the grant, Berwickshire based South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse (SNP), said: “I very much support the work of Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) whose initiatives are helping to create vibrant, attractive and safe places where local people want to spend their time and money. That, to me, is crucial for the regeneration of our high streets and town centres – we must make the most of what we have already and the rest will follow.
“Our town centres across the Scottish Borders are a vital resource to the local economy and by supporting the development and regeneration in this way the Scottish Government is demonstrating its further commitment to rural communities.
“Ultimately I want to see talent and innovation emerging alongside the practical action that is needed within our communities to ensure our high streets feature in the daily lives of locals and tourists alike.
“I hosted a regeneration summit for both Hawick and Eyemouth in August 2012, which was attended by the then Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and many stakeholders from both communities, and I look forward to playing my own part in encouraging similar progress on regeneration issues.
“I regret that I have not been included in follow-on discussions at a council level following the August 2012 summit, especially given my previous professional experience as an economist, but if the local community and the council would find it helpful, I am very willing to answer any call for help and do what I can to promote regeneration in our Borders towns.”