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£1.25m boost for town centres

milford-townPEMBROKESHIRE town centres will get a boost after funding of £1.25 million was announced by Housing and Regeneration Minister Carl Sargeant.

 The funding, which has been awarded to Pembrokeshire County Council, is part of a £5 million package for four local authorities to improve town centres in Wales. The funding will support regeneration schemes and will target reducing the number of vacant, underutilised and redundant sites and premises in town centres. The Minister said: “This further Welsh Government regeneration funding means that all parts of Wales can now look forward to seeing investment and improvement. “Empty and underutilised properties are a blight on our town centres and communities and I’ve been clear that tackling this issue is a priority for me and for the Welsh Government. We are already making excellent progress in meeting our ambitious target of brining 5,000 empty properties back into use during this term of Government. “Our innovative £20 million Houses into Homes scheme continues to go from strength to strength and the Vibrant and Viable places and Tackling Poverty schemes will see further empty town centre premises regenerated and re-used.” The Minister added: “This Town Centre Loans scheme, which will work on a recyclable loan basis, will compliment the schemes already in place – supporting the diversification of town centres and encouraging more sustainable uses for empty sites and premises, such as residential, leisure or for key services.” The scheme will see funding shared equally between four local authorities, Ceredigion, Powys, Pembrokeshire and Monmouthshire.