Dundee West MSP Joe FitzPatrick and local politicians were today celebrating in Lochee High Street with representatives of local residents groups, the announcement from the Scottish Government of an award of £2m for Lochee from the Town centre Regeneration Fund.
In April the MSP contacted Dundee City Council and suggested that the Council and the local community should consider an application to the Fund as he had learned that the Fund rules had changed and would now allow applications from High Streets in urban areas to apply.
Dundee City Council, through the Local Planning Partnership prepared a bid – and learned today of its success.
Joe FitzPatrick said: “I am delighted that Lochee is getting £2m from the Scottish Government to help regenerate the High Street. It is a vote of confidence in the ability of the local community to regenerate itself. Although Lochee has has recent knocks, the community spirit here is strong and the commitment and resilience of local people here is at the heart of a revival.
Councillor Ken Guild, Leader of the SNP Administration on Dundee City Council and Lord Provost John Letford (who is one of four Councillors representing Lochee along with SNP Councillors Alan Ross and Councillor Bob Duncan) were all on hand to welcome the announcement today, with SNP Candidate for Dundee West Councillor Jim Barrie.
Jim Barrie said: “This is fantastic news for Lochee. Now we can get on and make lots of big improvements to make the High Street look better and also to make people safer – some of the money will go for new security entry for local housing.”
SNP Councillor Alan Ross said: “Some of the money will go to refurbish the Lochee Swimming Baths – badly needed – and some to repair the roof of the Lochee Library, but there are many projects which this money will help to fund. It is a good day for Lochee!”
SNP Councillor Bob Duncan said: “This is a red letter day for Lochee and another example of the SNP Government and SNP-Controlled Dundee City Council working together for Lochee.”
Picture shows, L-R: Shona Gaffney, Cathy Mckenzie, Secretary of Whorterbank Residents and Tenants Assoc., Cllr Jim Barrie, Cllr Alan Ross, Lord Provost John Letford, Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Cllr Ken Guild, Leader, Dundee City Council, Sadie Valentine, Adamson Court Tenants Group, Cllr Bob Duncan, Patricia Phinn, Chair, Whorterbank Residents & Tenants Assoc. celebrating confirmation of the funding award.