Local SNP MP Richard Thomson has hailed a funding boost for Huntly as “transformational for the town”. Huntly councillor Gwyneth Petrie says the amounts awarded to local projects show that rural centres such as Huntly are “a big priority” for the Scottish Government.
The funding is part of the Scottish Government’s Place-Based Investment Programme which saw £38million-worth of funds distributed across the country in this year’s allocation round.
Welcoming the announcement, Richard Thomson MP said:
“It’s no secret that Scotland’s town centres have faced many challenges, from the aftermath of the last recession to the growth of online retail and Huntly has been no different in this regard. Huntly and District Development Trust and Deveron Projects both have a track record of success and I am confident that the funding awards for these projects will prove transformational for the town.
“We are beginning to see our town centres remoulded as a new social centre – an important community asset that local people want to see prosper and succeed. I’m therefore extremely pleased that three Huntly projects will benefit from this scheme.”
Cllr Gwyneth Petrie, SNP councillor for Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford said:
“I’m delighted that Huntly is to benefit from almost £1million of Scottish Government funding for these very worthwhile projects.
“Once completed, this investment should help to increase the footfall in the town centre, benefitting local shops and businesses. It’s clear from this that the Scottish Government, rightly, sees our rural centres as a big priority.”
Details of the successful Huntly projects are as follows:
Huntly Heart, Huntly
Deveron Projects - £44,067
This is an existing project supported by the Town Centre Fund to bring the Square Deal in Huntly Square back into use as a multi-purpose community hub. This additional funding will enable the project to complete.
Number 30, Huntly
Huntly & District Development Trust - £824,151
This is an existing project supported by the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Town Centre Funds. It will redevelop a vacant former department store in the town centre to create a modern flexible enterprise, learning, leisure and community space. This additional funding will enable the project to complete.
The Glasshouse at Square Deal, Huntly
Deveron Projects - £104,000
The project will involve the construction of a thermal glasshouse at the rear of the Square Deal building in the town centre. The glasshouse will provide additional flexible space for year-round community use.
Huntly total £972,218.00