Holyrood looks at crisis-hit Grangemouth town centre

La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
  • Closure of Tesco and Mathiesons fuels concerns
  • MP seeks assurances town centre can have bright future
  • Finance Minister points to positives in action plan

The plight of a town centre which has seen a large number of businesses closing or announcing closure has been raised in the Scottish Parliament.

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald highlighted the situation which Grangemouth finds itself in at Holyrood last week. The town recently learned its Tesco store would be closing in April and was then stunned by the closure of Mathiesons the bakers.

Residents are concerned about the reduction in footfall in the town centre

Angus MacDonald MP

Mr MacDonald asked Deputy First Minister John Swinnney what action the government was taking to boost the economy in Grangemouth.

He said: “Grangemouth TIF will give a major boost to, and allow exciting opportunities in, the industrial sector in Grangemouth. However, Grangemouth is also a residential community and, with the recently announced closure of Tesco and Mathiesons, residents are concerned about the reduction in footfall in the town centre.

“Will the cabinet secretary continue to work with Falkirk Council to ensure there is a bright future, not only for the industrial sector in Grangemouth but also for the 18,000 residents, who require a vibrant town centre?”

Finance Minister Mr Swinney responded: “The town centre action plan sets out a range of actions to help town centres to remain or become vibrant.

“These include expanding fresh start rates relief for small businesses and agreeing the town centre first principle as part of our wider discussions on this question.

“The government works with Falkirk Council in the economic partnership and will consider its economic strategy and vision for Grangemouth.”

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