A LOCAL authority is hoping to buy a shopping centre to help transform the area.

West Dunbartonshire Council is negotiating terms with the sellers of Dumbarton's Artizan Shopping Centre with a view to purchasing.

The centre, in the town’s High Street, is a key element of the council’s plans to regenerate and transform the area.

Officials are considering how the pedestrianised shopping area can be enhanced to introduce a better link to the town centre and encourage future investment in the High Street.

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Following discussion at a recent committee, members agreed that officers could continue negotiations and conclude the transaction. They will now begin looking at potential development opportunities for the centre.

Councillor Iain McLaren said: “Regenerating Dumbarton town centre has always been a council priority and due to changing shopping habits which have been exacerbated by the pandemic it is now more important than ever that we do all we can to help our high streets to thrive.

“The proposed purchase of the Artizan fits with our ambitions and our desire to make Dumbarton town centre a vibrant, attractive place which is easily accessible by walking, wheeling and cycling.”