Local Scottish Conservative & Unionist MPs, Luke Graham and Stephen Kerr, held an adjournment debate on the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Deal in the House of Commons on Monday night.
The debate, which focused on the projects the government investment will bring, welcomed the funding coming to the region from the different tiers of government.
The UK Government backed City Deal will see more than £45million worth of investment over a 10-year period in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area. Part of the investment will include an International Environment Centre, new Tartan Centre, Aquaculture Innovation Hub, and the release of Ministry of Defence (MoD) land at Forthside.
A further £8m has been set aside in Clackmannanshire for further projects which are in the process of being identified for signing off by the UK Treasury. Luke Graham MP is currently working alongside the Clackmannanshire Commission and through the Clackmannanshire Investment Forum he established, to identify, develop and champion projects for central government funding.
Commenting after the debate, Luke Graham MP said:
“I was pleased that we were able to hold this important debate and ensure that once again*, Clackmannanshire has the attention of the House of Commons. With £8m of UK Government money still to be assigned it is important that we keep up the pressure on the Government to deliver that funding for the excellent projects we have lined up in Clackmannanshire.
This additional capital funding, set aside by the UK Government, is a first for City Deals in Scotland and has given us the time and space to develop further suitable projects that will benefit Clackmannanshire in the short-term and for many years to come.”