Malcolm questions the way Town Centre Regeneration funds were distributed
Question on allocation of funds for Town Centre Regeneration Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason most of the money allocated to Edinburgh from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund was allocated to an area that did not meet the criteria for being a town centre and was not on the list of relevant areas published previously by the Scottish Government, while no money was allocated to Leith which did meet the criteria. (S3W-26583)

Alex Neil:
I can again confirm that all applications were subject to the same four stage assessment process. This is outlined in my response provided for S3W-26356, answered on 1 September 2009. The City of Edinburgh Council was issued with feedback on their Leith bid on 5 August and were at liberty to use this to strengthen their bid for the second round of the fund.

All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/Apps2/Business/PQA/Default.aspx.

The published guide to eligible areas was indicative rather than exhaustive, and applicants have also been able to present us with evidence for consideration in favour of the inclusion of other areas where a legitimate case could be made.

Full details on eligibility are available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/regeneration/town-centres/tcrf/faqs.
Answer given September 14th 2009