Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has held a public meeting with local businesses to discuss ongoing issues in Stirling city centre.
Mr Lockhart welcomed representatives from over forty local businesses and organisations to the Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling on Friday 7th September, alongside Councillor Ross Oxburgh who co-hosted the summit.
The discussion centred on a range of issues including the complexity of the business rate system, parking charges, waste management and anti-social behaviour as well as a number of other issues affecting businesses including the aesthetics in the city centre.
The meeting also heard from Police Scotland about on-going operations around the town and provided attendees with an update on the effectiveness of Operation Steadfast and future police operations.
It was agreed at the meeting that Dean Lockhart MSP would meet with senior officials at Stirling Council to detail the concerns raised by businesses and report back with any progress made.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’I would like to thank all those businesses who took the time to attend the meeting on Friday.
‘’It was clear from the meeting that the situation in Stirling city centre continues to be a source of frustration for many business owners across the town.
‘’The purpose of this summit was to give the opportunity to local business owners to express their views on issues which affect their city centre in an open forum environment, and also to share ideas about how the situation can be improved.
‘’This was certainly the case, and I listened with interest to the views of local stakeholders as they expressed their real experiences of their city centre and how it could be improved.
‘’I will now take the many concerns expressed by the representatives directly to Stirling Council and hope to report back once these discussions have taken place.’’