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Sturgeon signs off £1.3bn city regional deal for Edinburgh and SE Scotland

Words: Roger Milne
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First minister Nicola Sturgeon this week formally signed off her administration’s investment in the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

The Scottish and UK governments will each invest £300 million over the next 15 years.

The Scottish Government’s investment includes:  

  • £60 million towards a so-called Data Driven Innovation programme of investment in economic infrastructure across the region;
  • £65 million towards a regional housing programme, including the creation of a new housing company and infrastructure funding supporting the delivery of 41,000 new homes;
  • £120 million for transport improvements to  the Sheriffhall Roundabout;
  • £20 million for public transport improvements in West Edinburgh ;
  • £25 million for an integrated regional employability & skills programme; and
  • £10 million towards a new concert venue for the city.

The administration is also committing £5 million to boost innovative programming and skills development opportunities across the capital’s 11 major festivals between 2018 and 2023.

The first minister said: “Taken together these projects will help the region continue to thrive and grow, fulfilling our ambitions for the region to be one of the fairest and most inclusive areas in the country.”

Tammy Swift-Adams, director of planning at industry body Homes for Scotland, said: “To really reap the benefit of this deal, the region’s councils must match that ambition with bold planning for housing, as advocated in the recent examination report for the new South East Scotland Strategic Development Plan (SESplan 2).”

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