Today, the UK Government committed to £150 million for the Tay Cities Deal to fund projects in Perth and Kinross. The Secretary of State for Scotland was joined by representatives from Holyrood and the local councils from Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross to sign the deal’s Heads of Terms in Perth City Centre.
While the deal encompasses all of the Tayside region, Luke Graham MP has been fighting for projects from across all of Perth and Kinross for inclusion in the Tay Cities Deal. Working with the project managers, local councillors and with the wider Perth and Kinross Council, Mr Graham stepped into the void left by the refusal to engage in the process by local SNP politicians.
Luke Graham MP said:
“The Tay Cities Deal will bring new investment and development in to my constituency and wider through the whole Perth and Kinross area, and so I am proud to be championing projects not just in my constituency, but further afield too.
More than £65 million worth of investment has been given to projects from across Perth and Kinross, with funding for the Perth City Hall, project Beacon in my constituency, the International Barley Hub and the Advanced Plant Growth as part of the James Hutton Institute.
I am also pleased to see additional funding being made available for Broadband, in which Perthshire lags behind Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom in its coverage and provision.
Today is just the beginning, this deal will be built on with more public and private funding.”
Commenting on the project investment in to Perth and Kinross, leader of the council, Murray Lyle stated:
“I am delighted to have signed off on the heads of terms for the Tay Cities Deal, which will bring significant investment to exciting local projects across the Perth and Kinross council area.
I would like to thank Luke Graham MP for all his hard work in helping projects from across all of Perth and Kinross over the line. I look forward to working with him further to see these projects through to fruition.”