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£90m City Deal unveiled for Stirling and Clackmannanshire

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Codebase has opened an office in Stirling as part of the digital expansion (pic: Terry Murden)


New digital hubs and a centre to tackle environmental challenges are included in a £90.2 million City Deal being announced for Stirling and Clackmannanshire today.

The UK and Scottish governments will each invest £45.1 million with regional partners, including the private sector.

Ahead of a formal announcement, Economy Secretary Keith Brown said the deal “will deliver significant long-term benefits for Stirling and Clackmannanshire and Scotland as a whole.”

The Scottish Government will invest £17 million to support the development of a new International Environment Centre that will research global challenges.

A further £15m will be spent on culture, heritage and tourism and develop the region’s digital capabilities by funding a £2 million Digital District.

“We will also tackle the digital exclusion by investing up to a further £2 million to develop digital hubs in Callander and Alloa,” said Mr Brown.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “It is now for Stirling and Clackmannanshire to get on with the hard work needed to turn these proposals into a reality.

Today’s announcement brings the UK Government’s investment in UK City Region Deals in Scotland to more than £1 billion. All of Scotland’s seven cities either have, or are in negotiation for, a deal. Talks are also underway on the Borderlands and Ayrshire growth deals.

“The UK Government is working hard to boost economic growth right across the UK. We want to work with the Scottish Government where we can to ensure the sustainability and prosperity of Scotland’s economy,” said Mr Mundell.

Stirling Council Leader, Scott Farmer, said: “This deal will help Stirling Council write the first page of a fresh new chapter in this area’s ancient, famous and storied history.

“Today we focus on our future by using this investment to not just build on what we have and know, but to expand, grow and truly flourish in the modern world.

“Our aim is to bring change and innovation to the people, businesses and communities of the entire region and the funding brought forward with the City Region Deal puts the power in our hands to achieve that.”

Clackmannanshire Council Leader Ellen Forson said: I am delighted that the Scottish and UK Governments have made this formal commitment to invest in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal through the announcement of ‘Heads of Terms’ today.

“I believe that the joint City Deal bid provides a unique opportunity to promote shared and sustainable growth in our region over the next 10 years and beyond, building on Clackmannanshire’s strengths whilst helping to change the lives of our disadvantaged and excluded residents.”

Key points:

  • The creation of a new International Environment Centre that will draw together academic expertise from across Scotland, the UK and the world. It will connect environmental research with business opportunities and training and will take full advantage of the natural environment and heritage of the region.
  • New and improved Active Travel routes through the City Region Deal. Transport Scotland will work with the partners to identify investments to improve regional connectivity between Stirling City and Alloa, and outlying settlements, as well as improvements to the active travel network around Northside.
  • A new Aquaculture Innovation Hub, which will be unique in the UK, will operate four aquatic research facilities that between them will provide the full range of marine environmental conditions. The hub will create research and development opportunities to grow the export of Scottish aquaculture skills and products.
  • The development of a Digital District programme of investments in digital skills, training and business development, alongside the creation of Digital Hubs in Callander and Alloa. The Scottish Tartan Centre, a new attraction for visitors to Stirling and Scotland, will celebrate the history of this iconic fabric that is associated with Scotland the world over and help to grow the regions tourism industry.
  • Releasing MOD land to the council to align with their housing and business plans.
  • DWP offeingr support to people from disadvantaged groups in Clackmannanshire to help them access work.

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