New legislation to tackle problem of empty High Streets

THE ANGUS South MSP has welcomed an announcement by the Scottish Government to tackle the issue of run-down High Streets.

Graeme Dey said he backed the proposal put forward by the Cabinet secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, on the back of the government Spending Review.

Mr Swinney revealed plans for legislation to reform empty property relief and incentivise bringing vacant premises back into use from April, 2013, with a view to supporting urban regeneration.

Mr Dey said: “The issue of empty High Street shops is one which affects most towns across Angus and I am delighted John Swinney recognises the problem and has committed to tackling it.

“The measures announced aren’t a magic wand but they are a step in the right direction as we seek to re-invigorate our town centres.

“And of course this Government continues to support a large number of existing High Street businesses and retailers through the Small Business Bonus Scheme.”