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Regeneration fund sites revealed

Hawick - Undiscovered Scotland
Hawick was one of the towns to secure regeneration funding

Dozens of sites across Scotland have secured funding from a nationwide town centre regeneration fund.

The Scottish Government unveiled the £60m scheme earlier this year to help out "hard-pressed" high streets.

Among the successful sites announced by Communities Minister Alex Neil were Ayr, Hawick, Lochgelly and Dingwall.

The fund, which has cross-party support, was put forward by the Tories as part of the party's negotiations to support the Scottish budget.

A total of about £40m from the scheme has been allocated but a further £20m is still to be awarded in a second round later this year.

It is estimated that the town centre projects will help support 640 jobs in Scotland.

Mr Neil said: "Town centres are key to our economic and social prosperity.

"They are centres of employment and services for local communities.

Ayr - Undiscovered Scotland
Ayr was also among the successful bidders for funding

"Our aim is to turn round the fortunes of town centres - help them reach their full potential and support local economies."

Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie MSP said the funds could provide "crucial financial support".

She said it was "further evidence" her party was at the heart of Scottish politics and "making the difference" in the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Labour housing spokesperson Mary Mulligan also welcomed the funding, but accused the SNP of borrowing ideas from Labour's manifesto.

"I am delighted that 48 Scottish towns will benefit from additional investment as a result of Labour's budget negotiations with the SNP. This will make a real difference to communities throughout Scotland," she said.

Roxburgh and Berwickshire Tory MSP John Lamont said that while he was pleased Hawick had been successful he was "extremely disappointed" other Borders towns had missed out.

"I think it is a shame the SNP government did not think that the Borders was worth giving the money to," he said.

"Yet again, we are losing out to the central belt."

He urged Scottish Borders communities to try again in the second round of funding.

In Dumfries and Galloway, bids from Sanquhar and Dumfries proved successful but Stranraer missed out.

Politicians the length and breadth of the country have welcomed the funding packages for locations in their constituencies.

However, many have also criticised the omission of towns which they felt should have been included.

The full list of towns to successfully secure regeneration funding:

• Aberdeenshire - Stonehaven & Fraserburgh

• Argyll & Bute - Tarbert

• Clackmannanshire - Alloa

• Dumfries & Galloway - Dumfries & Sanquhar

• Dundee - Lochee area

• East Ayrshire - Galston & Cumnock

• East Lothian - Dunbar

• East Renfrewshire - Barrhead

• Edinburgh - Craigmillar & Portobello

• Falkirk - Denny, Bo'ness, Stenhousemuir & Grangemouth

• Fife - Kirkcaldy & Lochgelly

• Glasgow - Bridgeton, Maryhill & Govan Cross

• Highland - Dingwall

• Inverclyde - Greenock

• North Ayrshire - Ardrossan, Millport, Saltcoats

• North Lanarkshire - Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Motherwell & Wishaw

• Perth & Kinross - Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie & Aberfeldy

• Renfrewshire - Paisley, Johnstone, Renfrew, Erskine, Bridge of Weir & Lochwinnoch

• Scottish Borders - Hawick

• South Ayrshire - Ayr

• South Lanarkshire - Carluke & Biggar

• Stirling - Raploch & Dunblane

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