Dumfries and Galloway Council (Meetings)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th October 2017.

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Photo of Kevin Stewart Kevin Stewart Scottish National Party

The Government is very supportive of the town centre first principle, which is a matter for local authorities to bring forward. I expect local authorities to look at their local planning to ensure that the town centre first principle applies.

Mr Carson is probably aware that I was recently in Dumfries to discuss the town centre with citizens and stakeholders. I was pleased to hear of that citizen-led approach, which has led

Dumfries and Galloway Council to create that fund and invest in town centres. I encourage the council to continue to do so; the Government will continue to support it through the town centre first principle.