Cash injection for High Street

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Carnoustie is set for a share of a £2.75 million fund that will help bring empty town centre properties back to life.

The town centre housing fund cash is to turn empty High Street units into affordable town centre housing, with Carnoustie one of seven Scottish towns to benefit from the cash.

It was announced on Thursday that Angus Council’s winning bid for the town, would see them receive £200,000 to develop around four affordable homes on Carnoustie High Street.

Plans were afoot to transform the burnt out shops, which formerly housed the Perfect Dry Cleaners and Carnoustie Country Larder as well as the Granite City Fish shop.

However, it is not yet clear if this plan will benefit from this cash yet.

But the local authority was pleased to see a benefit from this fund.

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “We welcome the announcement from the Scottish Government and the funding will be considered by the council in due course.

“This investment will enable us to continue our ambitious programme of building affordable and energy efficient homes and will help reduce the pressure on our waiting list.”

Carnoustie’s winning bid was announced last week by housing and welfare minister Margaret Burgess and local government and planning minister Derek Mackay.

Welcoming the allocation of the housing fund, Mr Mackay said:“The Scottish Government is determined that our town centres should be vibrant, attractive and safe places where local people and visitors alike want to live, work, and do business in.

“The Town Centre Housing Fund is one of a range of measures designed to encourage and support action to improve our town centres.”

While Mrs Burgess added: “The allocation of funding to seven town centres will allow more empty properties to be brought back into use as affordable housing.”