EYESORES EAR­MARKED

Strathearn Herald - - HER@LD VIEW - Ross Gar­diner

Two crum­bling Cri­eff ho­tels have been listed as part of a coun­cil ini­tia­tive to solve Perthshire’s “eye­sore” is­sue.

Coun­cil­lors agreed a £ 100,000 ini­tia­tive on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13, to of­fer a year’s busi­ness rates relief for any­one tak­ing on the ren­o­va­tion of a range of derelict Perthshire prop­er­ties.

The Strate­gic Pol­icy and Re­sources Com­mit­tee agreed unan­i­mously on the de­ci­sion to of­fer 100 per cent rates relief to in­vestors for the first 12 months of op­er­at­ing in any of 40 se­lected build­ings.

Both the Strat­hearn Ho­tel and Drum­mond Arms were in­cluded as part of the plan.

Leader of the coun­cil and con­venor of the com­mit­tee Cllr Ian Campbell is de­lighted to be of­fer­ing more en­cour­age­ment for busi­nesses to op­er­ate in Perthshire.

He said: “In line with our com­mit­ment to sup­port and as­sist lo­cal busi­nesses where we can, this pro­posal fur­ther shows our com­mit­ment to grow­ing lo­cal busi­ness.

“This pro­posal en­cour­ages busi­ness own­ers, and in­deed po­ten­tial ten­ants, to grasp the op­por­tu­nity of set­ting up a new busi­ness with a year’s relief from busi­ness rates.”

This scheme builds on the va­cant prop­erty ini­tia­tive which was put in place by the pre­vi­ous SNP coun­cil.

Ini­tia­tive The Drum­mond Arms on Cri­eff High Street

Dis­re­pair The Strat­hearn Ho­tel in Cri­eff

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