Can we get people living in Fort William town centre?

For a long time, I have thought we should be encouraging people back in to our town centres to live. Unfortunately, our high streets have changed over the last few decades and even an economic recovery will not see all the now vacant shops occupied. It makes good sense to convert some of these empty units into housing, especially as we are desperate for smaller one and two bedroom accommodation in the Highlands. The Scottish Government also thinks this is the way forward, launching a £2 million fund earlier this year, to encourage housing providers to develop affordable housing in vacant town centre properties. I have written to our Director of Housing asking what plans Highland Council has to bid for some of this money and whether we are actively looking at bringing some of the empty shops in Fort William High Street back in to more productive use.  

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