UK Government Must Stop Dragging its Heels on Growth Deal

Published date : 20 Dec 2018

UK GOVERNMENT MUST STOP DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON GROWTH DEAL

Ayrshire SNP MSPs have called on the UK Government to get round the table with the Scottish Government and the three Ayrshire Councils and agree the Heads of Agreement on the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP, has signalled his readiness to sign terms on January 25th but awaits the same commitment from David Mundell MP and the UK Government.

MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Jeane Freeman said

“The UK Government is seemingly paralysed by the whole Brexit debacle and unable get on with the job of governing and making key decisions that will unlock multi million pound investment opportunities across Ayrshire. The Scottish Government stands ready and the UK Government must now get around the table.

Cunninghame South MSP, Ruth Maguire added

“The Ayrshire Growth Deal has been on the table for quite some time now. The Scottish government is right behind it and so are Ayrshire’s three local authorities. The lack of commitment from the Tory government is utterly shameful when jobs and economic prosperity are on the line.

“It is time that the Scottish Secretary stood up for this part of Scotland and put his weight behind this deal.”

The business case put forward by East, North and South Ayrshire councils in their ‘growth deal’ plans is targeting over £300 million of funding from the Scottish and UK governments to develop a number of projects across the region including the development of Irvine Harbourside and Ardeer Peninsula, to create a National Energy Research and Demonstration Centre (NERC) in the Cumnock coalfields area and support the Prestwick aerospace park.

Total investment in the deal is projected to top over £2billion between public and private sector partners and create up to 13,000 jobs across a wide range of projects that will have the biggest positive economic impact Ayrshire has ever seen.

ENDS

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