Leading Perthshire Conservatives have hit back at a letter sent to the Council leader of Perth and Kinross council, Cllr Murray Lyle, over the progress of the Tay Cities Deal. The letter, sent by Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart, accuses the Conservatives of holding up progress on the deal.
However, the Conservatives have hit back stating that the priority is to get as much money as possible for the area from the Cities Deal, with any slight delay deemed worthwhile in achieving that aim. The Conservatives also criticised the SNP for its negativity over the Tay Cities Deal.
Local South Perthshire MP, Luke Graham, who has been driving the deal through Westminster, including leading cross-party delegations to the capital, expressed his frustration at SNP negativity.
Commenting, Luke Graham MP, said:
“This letter is just scaremongering for the purposes of party political point scoring from Mr Wishart. We have been happy to work cross-party on the Tay Cities Deal, when last November I led a delegation of all political stripes from across the Tay Cities region, in meeting with the Treasury and Scotland office.
Throughout this whole process the SNP have offered nothing but complaints and misery; where Conservatives have campaigned to save Perth City Hall, Mr Wishart has campaigned to have it knocked down; where Conservative MPs have engaged with businesses, community groups and local councils to deliver a better Tay Cities Deal for Perth & Kinross, the SNP have played their favourite theme tune - "Don't Stop Complaining"
Commenting, Council Leader Murray Lyle said:
“I and many public and private sector colleagues in P&K have been working flat out to get the best deal possible.
It is a pity Mr Wishart hasn’t joined us in trying to bring new funding to P&K which will undoubtedly help stimulate our economy going forward.”