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£1.84bn Tay Cities Deal proposed

Words: Laura Edgar

A £1.84 billion city deal proposal that could create up to 15,000 jobs in Tayside and North East Fife has been announced.

More than 50 projects feature in the submission document, including a scheme that aims to boost employment through oil and gas decommissioning.

The document also details the opportunities and challenges facing the Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross economy over the next 20 years, stating how investment in the region will help to become “fairer and smarter through inclusive growth”.

Ken Guild, leader of Dundee City Council, said: “Anchored in new and exciting ways of delivering services we are going to create a region that is inclusive, innovative, international and connected creating growth that combines increased prosperity with greater equity; the kind that creates opportunities for all.”

The total cost of the proposed investment is £1.84 billion. The region is seeking £826 million over 10 years from the Scottish and UK governments and their agencies.

Should all projects and programmes sets out in the proposal receive funding, the document states that up to 15,000 jobs could be delivered across a number of industries, including tourism, food and drink, eco-innovation, digital, decommissioning and engineering.

According to the proposal, the city deal is “as much about offering to work differently together and with both governments, as it is about seeking additional cash resources”.

Ian Miller Perth & Kinross Council leader said the submission also focuses on cultural regeneration, supporting Perth’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and Dundee’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2023.

“In addition we want to create opportunities for people in work to progress as well as easing restrictions on access for new entrants to the jobs market to support our ambition of smarter, fairer growth through collaboration.”

The Tay Cities Deal proposal document will discussed by each of the councils in the next few weeks and will be submitted to the Scottish and UK Governments by the end of February.

Projects listed in the proposal

  • Dundeecom - a private/public partnership aimed at creating a major centre in Scotland for oil and gas decommissioning pulling together the regional assets of Dundee, Montrose and Methill (Port and Energy Park Fife).
  • Developing cultural and heritage tourism assets including the creation of The Comic Centre, the UK’s first purpose-built permanent comic-based centre/visitor attraction.
  • Increased investment at the University of St Andrews’ Guardbridge Eden Campus, which will create the UK’s first energy carbon-neutral university
  • Marine tourism infrastructure at St Andrews, Tayport and Newburgh.
  • The Cross Tay Link Road, which will unlock development land in and around Perth and enable the planned and sustainable growth of the city.
  • A Montrose to A90 investment corridor, which will enable the delivery of infrastructure to support a major growth opportunity in North Angus.

The full proposal can be found here (pdf).

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