Paul Wheelhouse MSP has welcomed new Scottish Government funding enabling communities to develop empty and underused properties.
The new Asset Mapping Funding Pots will give development trusts the opportunity to conduct surveys, work with stakeholders and consult with their communities on the best methods of rejuvenating their town centres.
Mr Wheelhouse said: “Empty properties are a constant struggle for communities in the Borders looking to revitalise their town centres and make them more attractive for locals as well as visitors.
“I am delighted that the Scottish Government recognises the vibrancy of our town centres as key to boosting local economies and who better to understand the assets in the area than the local community? This new funding gives development trusts the ability to take things into their own hands in terms of consulting directly with their community and prioritising the aims of local people and businesses.
“Across the Borders we are seeing fantastic examples of businesses and residents taking the initiative on regeneration issues, for example, the Eyemouth and District Community Trust has established itself as a highly credible group who are working hard to boost the town’s fortunes and morale.”