Second time lucky for failed Dalkeith funding bid?

A council bid for funding to extend Dalkeith town centre improvements to the east end of the High Street has failed at the second hurdle.

Approved in 2010, Phase 1 of Dalkeith High Street improvements saw a number of prominent and historic buildings, including the Tolbooth, Cross Keys Hotel and Corn Exchange, significantly restored.

It also included an opportunity for building owners and tenants to enter a grant scheme for local projects.

Hopes were raised last May when the Scottish Government announced a further round of Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

However, as the council’s head of communities and economy Ian Johnston recently explained to the cabinet, the bid for further grant aid had not been successful.

He revealed that only around 50 per cent of schemes across Scotland had been successful in what had been a “heavily oversubscribed” bidding round.

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