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February 2, 2021

Partners in regeneration

Although the relationship between local and national government has never been a particularly easy one, if some of those tensions could be resolved on a permanent basis, we would undoubtedly all reap the dividends. It’s why the Local Governance Review is such an important piece of work. But, despite their differences, our two tiers of government frequently manage to collaborate to great effect. A sterling example of this partnership working was announced last week with 26 community organisations receiving very significant capital investments – many of the awards being in the £1m+ category.

Scottish Housing News

More than £25 million is going to disadvantaged and remote communities around Scotland to support regeneration and employment projects.

The Victoria Road school in Aberdeen

A project led by Torry Development Trust and Grampian Housing Association to transform the 19th Century Victoria Road school in Aberdeen into affordable housing received £1.4 million from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which will go to 26 projects to tackle inequalities and deliver inclusive growth.

Over 400 business and organisations will benefit from the projects which will support or create more than 1220 jobs as well as thousands of training places by refurbishing and bringing back into use 26 empty buildings to provide space for community enterprises.

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell said: “Together with COSLA we have invested almost £200m through this fund since 2014 in support of locally-led regeneration projects which help to build the resilience and wellbeing of communities. I am pleased that a further 26 projects will benefit from the fund as we look to a period of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have had to lead our lives locally, pulling together more as communities, to see off the many challenges arising from coronavirus. This latest round of investment into local projects continues our ongoing support for vibrant and accessible town centres and communities.”

COSLA’s environment and economy spokesperson Councillor Steven Heddle said: “This work has never been more important as we look to rebuild from the devastating impact of COVID-19. Recovery from the virus must be fair to our communities and promote inclusivity, growth and wellbeing.

“The innovative projects announced today can empower our communities to deliver better places to live and work.”

Among the projects being funded this year is The Old Clyne School Redevelopment Project in Brora, Highland. It will redevelop a derelict C-listed building to become a community-owned museum and heritage centre, and to be a base for the Clyne Heritage Society.

Dr Nick Lindsay, chairman of the Clyne Heritage Society, said: “This is the best news that we could have hoped for, in what has been a very difficult year. This should unlock the final ‘brick-in-the-wall’ funds from other funding partners, so we can deliver this major development for Brora.

“We can now fulfil our dreams by regenerating the Old Clyne School into a must-visit destination, transforming a current eyesore into a welcome attraction for the whole community and future generations.”

The projects to receive an offer of a grant in 2021-22 are as follows:

Aberdeen City Council   Victoria Road School Community Element            £1,408,965

Aberdeenshire Council  Number 30, The Square                                                             £2,490,903

Argyll and Bute Council  Kilmory Park Zones 1, 2 & 4, Lochgilphead                 £650,000

Argyll and Bute Council  Port Ellen Community Hub                                             £746,223

Argyll and Bute Council  Scalasaig Business Units                                                                   £335,000

City of Edinburgh Council              Granton Station; Enterprise Hub                                     £1,236,150

City of Edinburgh Council              Nourishing Leith Hub                                                £944,744

Comhairlie nan Eilean Siar            Leverhulme Community Hub                                   £300,000

Dundee City Council       Camperdown Community Growing Hub                                            £899,305

East Dunbartonshire Council Twechar Outdoor Pursuits Training and Education Centre £1,100,000

Fife Council         Town House Community Hub – Inverkeithing                                     £475,000

Glasgow City Council      The Meat Market Sheds Regeneration Project                   £2,640,000

Glasgow City Council      Greater Pollok Community Learning Hub                              £600,000

Glasgow City Council      SWG3: Yardworks Street Arts Hub                                             £500,000

Highland Council               Old Clyne School Redevelopment into new Heritage Centre        £982,793

Highland Council               Raasay Community Pontoon                                                               £442,858

Inverclyde Council           The Inverclyde Shed | Meet, Make + Share                                     £504,804

Inverclyde Council           Community Hub , KGVI                                                                     £1,184,000

North Ayrshire Council  The Regeneration of Millport Town Hall                                                 £1,500,000

North Ayrshire Council  Stevenston Beach Hub                                                                         £130,000

North Lanarkshire Council            Reeltime, Motherwell – Music Studios & Creative Hub   £1,171,270

North Lanarkshire Council            Springhill Community Hub                                                            £790,000

Perth and Kinross Council             The Perth Y Centre                                                                      £1,500,000

Scottish Borders Council               Yetholm Community Asset Regeneration Project                   £133,710

South Ayrshire Council  Enterprising Carrick                                                                                      £729,659

West Dunbartonshire Council     Viresco Studios and Arts Centre                                                               £750,000