Coun­cil leader calls for bet­ter share of Tay Cities Deal money

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

The leader of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil has called for a fairer share of Tay Cities Deal money, sug­gest­ing the amount ear­marked for the re­gion ap­peared to be shrink­ing.

An an­nounce­ment on the £1.8 mil­lion wind­fall is ex­pected in the com­ing weeks.

It will de­tail how much the UK and Scot­tish gov­ern­ments will pro­vide to sup­port projects that could cre­ate thou­sands of new jobs and trans­form the economies across Tay­side and north-east Fife.

The money will be dis­trib­uted be­tween Perth and Kin­ross, An­gus, Dundee and Fife.

Ques­tioned on the deal by coun­cil­lors, lo­cal au­thor­ity leader Mur­ray Lyle said the pre­dicted amount for the area seemed to be slip­ping “south”.

“At the mo­ment ev­ery time I have heard a pre­dic­tion it is south of the one I have heard pre­vi­ously so it’s time we recharged our bat­ter­ies and tried to get more for the Tay cities,” he said.

“It’s still a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money and will have sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit to all of the re­gions in­volved but it is im­por­tant that we try to lever in as much money as pos­si­ble.”

The com­ments came dur­ing an up­date on the much-an­tic­i­pated deal, given at the strate­gic pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee.

Mr Lyle added that he has met Scot­land sec­re­tary David Mun­dell and Lord Ian Dun­can, par­lia­men­tary un­der-sec­re­tary of state in the Scot­land Of­fice, twice in the last month to fight the case for Perthshire.

He has also of­fered to host lead­ers of the three other coun­cil lead­ers, as they join forces to bid for the big­gest lump sum.

“At the mo­ment we are try­ing to pull ev­ery­thing together and we hope to have a meet­ing with all of the coun­cils,” he said.

“I have said we would be happy to host that within the next two weeks to for­malise our pri­or­i­ties and try to ex­tract more fund­ing than is pro­jected.”

Sev­eral lo­cal projects, in­clud­ing the Cross Tay Link Road, will rely on Tay Cities money.

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