Stirling city centre ‘is thriving’ claim

While Falkirk’s hard-hit High Street has suffered from a spate of retail closures, the town’s next door neighbour is “continuing to thrive” according to a new report.

By Roy Beers
Friday, 14th February 2020, 1:08 pm
Stirling is claimed to be outperforming the market when it comes to town centre success.
Stirling is claimed to be outperforming the market when it comes to town centre success.

A local authority update on Stirling’s economic action plan flags up the fact that just seven per cent of retail units are vacant, which is below the Scottish and UK average, while a scheme to bring world class digital connectivity is said to be putting it on course to become the first completed Gigabit City in the UK.

Success is also claimed for Stirling’s growing reputation as a key events location, thanks to hosting events such as the Stirling Scottish Marathon, crime festival Bloody Scotland and the Under Canvas music event in August.

City transport projects and the upgrade of community, cultural and residential buildings and public areas are also said to be paying dividends.

Finance convener Councillor Margaret Brisley said: “A vibrant and successful Stirling city centre is vital to the health of the local economy, which is a key council priority, so I’m thrilled at this positive report.

“It’s particularly pleasing to see the low commercial vacancy rate in the city centre, which compares favourably with the Scottish and UK average, and is tangible evidence of Stirling’s economic vibrancy and growth.

“By collaborating with traders and businesses, and adopting the same partnership approach, we can succeed in continuing to promote inclusive and sustainable growth across all our communities.”