Urban Regeneration Companies

Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:40 am on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Sylvia Jackson Sylvia Jackson Labour 11:40 am, 30th March 2006

To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in rolling out urban regeneration companies. (S2O-9478)

Photo of Johann Lamont Johann Lamont Labour

There are currently five pathfinder urban regeneration companies in Scotland. After the Executive's consultation on URCs, Raploch, Craigmillar and Clydebank were designated in June 2004 and all are making good progress against the outcomes and objectives that are set out in their business plans. Two new pathfinder URCs were announced in north Ayrshire and Inverclyde as part of the launch of the Executive's regeneration policy statement entitled "People and Place".

Photo of Sylvia Jackson Sylvia Jackson Labour

Following the very successful launch by the Minister for Communities, Malcolm Chisholm, of Raploch Urban Regeneration Company Ltd, with its unique holistic approach to regeneration, will the Deputy Minister for Communities outline how that approach might be extended to other important regeneration activities such as those that are taking place in Cultenhove and Cornton in the constituency of Stirling?

Photo of Johann Lamont Johann Lamont Labour

The key features of urban regeneration companies are their willingness to focus on geographical areas; to work with the public and private sectors and communities to identify challenges; and to work together towards solutions. That approach is relevant to any service. Of course, very significant funding follows the creation of an urban regeneration company, which ensures that all the money that goes into a community is used rationally with the community's commitment and involvement and to its benefit.