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Council / Extra money for town centre improvements

Lerwick's Commercial Street. Photo: Shetland News

SHETLAND Islands Council is to receive an extra £73,000 from a Scottish Government fund designed to improve town centres.

The extra funding was announced today (Thursday) as part of £30 million of investment in regeneration and town centres.

The council previously received a capital grant of around £200,000 from the Town Centre Fund.

A number of projects in Lerwick and Scalloway were picked for the initial funding.

They included the demolition of the former youth centre in Scalloway and a public art trail in Lerwick.

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell said the new cash will “build on the success of last year’s fund”.

“With it, local authorities will be able to drive forward projects that help people live better locally and reduce their carbon footprint while driving footfall to local businesses,” she said.