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FORSYTH WELCOMES PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT IN WESTER HAILES

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The new West Side Plaza shopping centre in Wester Hailes - which has been redeveloped at a cost of£15m and is expe...
The new West Side Plaza shopping centre in Wester Hailes - which has been redeveloped at a cost of £15m and is expected to attract 300 new jobs - was officially opened today by Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth.

Mr Forsyth praised the substantial investment being made by private companies in Wester Hailes and welcomed their partnership with the local community and the public sector in revitalising the area.

On completion West Side Plaza will also contain new £1.2m local council offices, a £1.5m public library and a £1.7m civic square funded by public sector members of the Partnership. Total investment in the plaza totals approximately £15m - £9.1m from the private sector and £5.6m from the public sector.

'Highland and Universal, the owners of West Side Plaza, and co-developers ABC and Gala are to be congratulated on their massive £9m investment in retail and leisure facilities for the Wester Hailes community,' Mr Forsyth said.

'This is a clear indication of increasing private sector confidence in the disadvantaged areas where comprehensive regeneration is being undertaken through partnership working involving the public, private and community sectors.

'This highly successful approach is now being extended across Scotland under Programme for Partnership and we look forward to further valuable links of this kind being forged in other deprived communities.'

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