Dean has today added his voice to a parliamentary group focused on the future of Scotland’s towns and town centres.
The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group (CPG) on Towns and Town Centres has a stated aim to analyse policy prescriptions and develop ideas and innovations. This is hoped will help Scotland’s towns and town centres through the current economic climate to emerge stronger, smarter, cleaner, healthier and greener.
Aside from representatives from all political parties, members of the CPG include organisations such as the FSB, Scottish Retail Consortium, representatives from local authorities including Stirling Council, BIDS Scotland and Scotland’s Town Partnerships.
Dean hopes that the discussions at this forum will help to provide potential solutions to ongoing issues on the high-street.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’I am pleased to add my support to this thriving cross party group here at Holyrood.
‘’The threat to our high-streets across Scotland from the changing nature of retail over recent years has been evident in the number of empty buildings at the heart of our towns.
‘’This is of course an issue in Stirling where issues such as anti-social behaviour, waste management, business rates and parking have been raised directly with me at a business summit at the start of September.
‘’I look forward to engaging with this group in the next few weeks and listening to ideas about how we can reinvigorate our high-streets and once again make them at the heart of our communities.’’