Autumn Budget: Levelling Up

Sunak’s levelling up cash raises union stakes

Granton gas holder: one of the projects supported

Rishi Sunak raised the stakes in the battle over the union with a series of direct investments in Scottish projects.

As well as £4.6 billion allocated to the Holyrood government, the Chancellor has allocated more than £170 million directly to infrastructure projects in Scotland as part of the Levelling Up Fund.

The largest single payout is £38.7 million to support the regeneration of Paisley’s town centre and business area as well as upgrading pedestrian, cycling, public transport and road links between the town and the nearby Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland. There is also money for the refurbishment of Inverness Castle,

Edinburgh will receive £16.5 million to help the council unlock the first phase of the £1.3bn regeneration of Granton Waterfront which will include the restoration of the B-listed Granton gas holder.

The council’s depute leader and lead on Granton Waterfront regeneration Cammy Day described the funding as very welcome.

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