At September’s LBA meeting we discussed the usual range of topics, reviewing the threats and opportunities for businesses in the town.

At September’s LBA meeting we discussed the usual range of topics, reviewing the threats and opportunities for businesses in the town.

We discussed the recent Pedal for Scotland event, the Development Trust’s plans for a Space4 business hub, and the imminent re-opening of the County Buildings, now renamed the Tam Dalyell Partnership Centre. We noted the various changes to businesses on the High Street, the new uses being found for the empty Scotbet shop, the empty Chakir shop and the old Clydesdale bank.

We discussed the upcoming redevelopment of the Vennel area and considered what pressure can be applied to McCarthy and Stone to force them to complete the High Street frontage of their development at the Cross. Finally we noted that demolition of the derelict Victoria Hall may be imminent, with partial road closures having been approved for October.

The next meeting of the LBA is on Wednesday 1 November at 7:30pm at the Star and Garter. All members (and would-be members) are welcome to come along.