SNP MSP for Stirling, Bruce Crawford, has welcome Stirling Council’s funding allocation from the Scottish Government’s £50 million Town Centre Fund.

Announced by SNP Finance Secretary Derek Mackay during his budget statement, the new fund aims to drive local economic growth by helping town centres fund projects such as re-purposing buildings for retail, business and community enterprise, while improving access and infrastructure.

After allocations were announced this week by the Scottish Government, it has now been confirmed that Stirling Council will receive £1,077,000 from the new ring-fenced fund.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bruce Crawford said:

“This funding announcement can help transform town centres in the Stirling area, such as Stirling, Callander, Bannockburn and Balfron.

“The health of our town centres is vital to the economic and cultural life of our communities – and this new investment can make a real difference.

“Stirling Council is now able to ensure that our share of the Scottish Government’s grant for town centres is spent wisely so that local communities reap the benefits of this huge investment.

“The SNP’s Town Centre Fund is part of a wider package of business support measures that will help drive economic activity in the Stirling area, helping give our local high streets a welcome boost.”