Council bosses are looking to engage with the owners of abandoned buildings in Dumbarton town centre in a bid to regenerate the area.

Officers have been trying to connect with landlords of properties throughout Dumbarton, which have fallen into a state of disrepair, about potential economic development opportunities.

During last week’s infrastructure, regeneration and economic development committee meeting members were informed that these attempts were proving a challenge because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

SNP councillor Karen Conaghan said: “The work you are doing along the waterfront is brilliant but there are still some assets that are in a significant state of disrepair.

“They really bring down the whole sort of feel of our town centre. We want to try and attract people and make it somewhere that people want to come.”

Council officers confirmed that they were keen to engage with a number of landlords and building owners across Dumbarton including the High Street.

The local authority previously carried out some shop front improvements in the town centre which is something they could pursue again if members wanted to do so.

If any building is posing as a threat to public safety building control can take measures to prevent this.

Michael McGuinness, Economic Development Manager, said: “It has been very challenging to engage with a number of these people as they are based outside of Scotland. During this Covid-19 period it has been difficult to get their attention and engage with them.”

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