Slow progress on Borderlands bid
Progress on plans to provide significant investment to Dumfries and Galloway and surrounding areas has been labelled “disappointing”.
The Borderlands Partnership aims to “transform the economies” of the region as well as Carlisle City, Cumbria County, Northumberland and Scottish Borders councils.
In October there was unanimous cross-party support for the proposals however things have not moved quickly since then.
Council leader Elaine Murray told a meeting of the local authority she was “disappointed”at no formal announcement of funding in the early budget from the chancellor of the exchequer.
It had been hoped an announcement would have been made in September.
Labour councillor AdamWilson said:“I share your disappointment at the progress of this deal.
“I was under the impression the council had stepped up its efforts and even allocated additional resources to ensure we met the deadline set by the secretary of state for Scotland to submit our proposals to get a financial announcement in the chancellor’s statement.
“Even now we do not have a date for the heads of terms being signed despite that being a request from the government. We need the Scottish and UK governments to start delivering on their end of the bargain.”
All parties hope to sign the heads of terms in early 2019 with the Scottish Government’s Michael Matheson, the cabinet secretary for transport, connectivity and infrastructure, requesting another meeting in January.
Members were also told as part of the budget process more information will be provided on the resource requirements to achieve the final deal.