Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has held an annual business summit in Stirling city centre to discuss ongoing issues with local small businesses.
Mr Lockhart welcomed representatives from Stirling’s retailers and local stakeholders to the Golden Lion in Stirling on Thursday 19th September.
The discussion focused on a range of issues such as the business rates system, parking charges, waste management and anti-social behaviour as well as a number of other issues affecting businesses such as the effectiveness of the BID.
Specific ideas such as the appointment of ‘street champions’ for each of Stirling city centre’s streets were also discussed, and it was agreed that these ideas would be directly pitched to the council and the board of the BID in the coming weeks.
Dean Lockhart MSP also used the meeting to stress the importance of Stirling Council’s engagement with these meetings, and encouraged the local authority to listen to the views of local businesses when delivering policies.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’I would like to thank all those businesses who took the time to attend the meeting on Thursday.
‘’The common goal discussed at the summit was how all local stakeholders can play their part to maximise the unrivalled potential of Stirling city centre, and how we can revitalise the high-street to the benefit of all.
‘’Since I hosted the last summit, there have been a number of positive steps forward.
‘’However, 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 again take the many concerns expressed by the representatives directly to Stirling Council and others and pledge to continue the pressure for improvements.’’