– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 18th October 2007.

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Photo of Marilyn Livingstone Marilyn Livingstone Labour

Question S3W-5145

To ask the Scottish Executive what priority will be given to town centre regeneration, with particular reference to Kirkcaldy.

Photo of Stewart Maxwell Stewart Maxwell Scottish National Party

The government has committed to a range of actions that will benefit town centres and support their regeneration.

We are committed to reducing business rates for thousands of small businesses. We intend this measure to help kick-start the revival of town centres across Scotland.

We have also put in place the legislative framework to allow local businesses in any area to work together with their local authority and other local partners to establish Business Improvement Districts, which in turn can help create more vibrant and viable town centres.

In addition, Scottish planning policy reinforces the role of town centres as locations for retailing and a wide mix of community and social activities, indicating that town centres should be the first choice for shopping and related developments.

I am aware of the regeneration activity being taken forward by the Kirkcaldy Renaissance partnership. I support the role of local partnerships in resolving local issues.

Any further measures will have to be considered as part of or in light of the Spending Review.

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