Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie MSP has today visited Inverclyde to back the local campaign for a regeneration of the Greenock’s Town Centre. The ‘Town Centre Action Plan’ which aims to deliver an improvement in the shopping areas.
Commenting Mr Rennie said:
“Town Centres are the heart of local communities. Times have changed with the growth of online shopping and out of town retail parks. It is more and more important that local councils and the Scottish Government work together to reinvent town centres and help them compete it the modern economy.”
Alasdair Higgins who is a council candidate within the area added:
“Many local people are dismayed about the continued deterioration of local shopping areas – a growing concern in the number of Betting Shops in West Black Hall and surrounding streets. Many betting shops contain highly-addictive casino style betting terminals. The council seems powerless to control their numbers.
“Local Lib Dems wrote to Angela Constance, the SNP Community Secretary, in January seeking Scottish Government support to tackle these problems. However, we have not yet received a reply.”
Highlighting the need for improvements to parking and action on derelict buildings, Mr Higgins added:
“While the parking disc system still causes confusion, it’s clear that there are simply not enough spaces available. We need to create more spaces for short term car parking.
“Finally as a destination for cruise ship passengers, it’s essential that we are able to take tough action on derelict buildings such as the former BT telephone exchange in Regent Street. Enough is enough – it’s time for tough action.”