SHONA ROBISON MSP COMMENDS PARTNERSHIP APPROACH DURING PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE
Dundee City East MSP, Shona Robison, has spoken of the positives that the Tay City Deal will bring to Dundee and the rest of the Tay Cities region, and has congratulated all those involved in agreeing the proposals.
Speaking at the Scottish Parliament during a debate on City Deals throughout Scotland, Ms Robison noted that the deal agreed for the Tay Cities region was first and foremost about partnership and working together for the betterment of all the areas along the Tay, beyond the traditional political and county boundaries.
The local MSP stated: “The partnership between the four Councils, academia, the third sector and business leaders has been pivotal in the Head of Terms Agreement which was signed off late last year” and noted that the investments had “the potential to secure over 6000 jobs and lever in over £400million investment.”
Ms Robison used her speech to highlight the benefits of the Tay Cities Deal to the region and the city of Dundee, stating: “Where one area within the Tay region excels, the knock-on effect will filter into the other areas; in jobs, housing, visitor numbers and many more. The positives for Dundee as part of this partnership will help to support manufacturing, tourism, transport links, employability, new social housing and reduce inequalities.
“The £37million investment to boost cultural and tourist assets, as well as the near £10million funding in growing passenger numbers by securing and marketing new routes from Dundee Airport, are to be applauded.”
Ms Robison welcomed the funding that had been committed, though noted that the Scottish Government had provided an additional £50 million.
Ms Robison stated: “Both the Scottish Government and the UK Government will invest each £150 million over the next 10 – 15 years, with the Scottish Government recently announcing an additional £50 million.
“We still await the UK Government to match that £50 million, something that they will constantly be reminded of until they do so.”
Ms Robison also welcomed the proposals to secure renewable energy and decommissioning work, stating Dundee and the region had a long history of manufacturing and engineering.
With the proposed decommissioning work worth around £2billion per annum over the next decade, Dundee Port and the brown field land around was one of the ideal areas to meet the demands of both growing industries.
Ms Robison noted that this was merely a snapshot of what was being earmarked for Dundee and the other areas, adding: “By also investing in the world renowned Biomedical & recognised Cybercrime research centres, supporting entrepreneurs, retaining and expanding existing companies and bringing companies to the region, the Tay City Deal, therefore, offers an array of new job opportunities.
“Working in partnership together it will empower the whole region, improving those areas, the life and conditions for those living and working in the Tay City Region.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
The ‘Scottish Government Debate: City Deal and Regional Economic Partnership’ was held on Tuesday 22nd January 2019. The full debate can be viewed online here:
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