The Tory Government has reneged on a promise to hand over the land at MOD Forthside to Stirling Council once the Army Barracks have been decommissioned
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has said that the UK Government needs to get on with progressing the City Region Deal for Stirling and Clackmannanshire.
Stirling’s Council Leader, Scott Farmer, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to doubling the available funding for city deals at the recent Draft Budget announcement last month.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has met with Stirling council Leader Scott Farmer, Provost Christine Simpson as well as Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown to discuss developments with the Stirling City Region Deal.
Every summer, I make sure I embark on what I like to refer to as my ‘Summer Tour’ where I get out and see as much of my constituency as possible and speak to as many people and businesses as I possibly can. This summer has been no different.
Just last week, I completed a lap of constituency surgeries across the Trossachs area – a spectacular part of the world and perhaps the most rural region that I represent. When speaking to residents, almost always the same issue comes back: broadband – or the lack of it!
SNP politicians in Stirling have said that negotiations relating to the Stirling City Region Deal are going in a positive direction as talks continue between the Scottish Government, Stirling Council, and the UK Government.
Stirling Council’s initial seven-point-proposal is a comprehensive business plan that aims to encourage investment and create employment and business opportunities in the local area. The SNP Group have remained consistent that these plans cannot focus centrally on Stirling City and that every community must feel the benefits of the City Region Deal.
Stirling MP Steven Paterson has welcomed today’s announcement of a City Deal for Stirling. The Chancellor of the Exchequer committed the UK Government to a city deal for Stirling during his Autumn Statement earlier today.
The City Deal bid seeks investment that will improve local infrastructure and encourage business growth and jobs within Stirling. The hard work of Stirling Council Officers in producing a gold standard comprehensive business plan for Stirling has been highly commended by UK Government ministers, local representatives, and civil servants alike.
Mr Paterson led a delegation of local representatives in discussions in Whitehall in September this year, calling for the UK Government to commit to a city deal for Stirling.
Earlier this week, the Scottish Government announced its commitment to working with the UK Government in delivering City Deal investment for Stirling.
Local Stirling representatives Bruce Crawford MSP, Steven Paterson MP and Councillor Scott Farmer (Leader of the SNP Group on Stirling Council) are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to commit the UK Government to investing in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal bid.
The bid seeks to transform and develop local infrastructure and encourage private investment, growing businesses and creating job opportunities.
Local SNP representatives have voiced their support for a City Deal for Stirling. The City Deal application seeks Government funding for infrastructural projects that are designed to attract investment – growing business and creating jobs.