‘We know that the best people to decide how to tackle local challenges are the people who live and work in the area.’
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‘It is economically efficient and effective to shift the tax burden onto property and land owners.’
The investment will be split across four towns – Inverkeithing, Hawick, Lochgilphead and Mauchline, with each town set to receive around £1m each.
‘Empty homes can have a huge impact on communities and reduce available housing supply at a time when housing is in great demand.’
£13.4m will be spent on a variety of low carbon projects in Scotland, including solar panels placed on social housing in Aberdeenshire and a district heat network in Midlothian.
‘These ongoing closures could have a huge impact on communities across Scotland.’
A total of 18 projects will receive funding over this financial year as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, which supports locally developed regeneration projects.
The project, unveiled by the Caledonia Housing Association, will include the construction of 222 new affordable two-storey homes to replace 225 older three-storey flats.
88% of the 5000 people who took part in the consultation – which will shape the council’s visions for Edinburgh – said they wanted to see changes to how the city centre is managed.
The council is facing a spending gap of over £50m this year, with a range of cost-cutting measures, including the closure of community assets, being considered.