Fife Council puts City Deals progress under the spotlight

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Published: Friday 06 Oct 2017 by Fife Council

Two ambitious City Deals – the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal (ESESCR) and Tay Cities Deal – were progressed by Fife Council today, Thursday 5 October 2017.

 

Tay Cities Deal
Today Fife Council agreed to establish a new Joint Committee to progress the ambitious Tay Cities Deal programme involving four councils - Fife, Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross - which could result in £1.8bn of investment in the Tay Cities region.

The Deal seeks to establish long-term partnerships with both the Scottish and UK Government to transform the regional economy, and is aligned with the economic strategies of both Governments.

The Tay Cities Deal proposition is to create a smarter and fairer region, based around its five key themes: Inclusive Tay, Innovative Tay, International Tay, Connected Tay and Empowered Tay.

Fife councillors have approved the establishment of the new Joint Committee by way of a Minute of Agreement.

The Deal is set to provide thousands of jobs and crucial funding for projects, including the The University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus. If approved, the development would form part of the Tay Cities Deal package of 50 projects across Tayside and north east Fife, supporting economic growth, tourism, higher level skills and better infrastructure for the region.

Cllr Karen Marjoram, Fife Council, said:“As the Deal is now in the formal stages of consideration, it is necessary to formalise the governance arrangements. The establishment of a joint committee is the most suitable governance mechanism to ensure the progression and implementation of the Tay Cities Deal.”

On the Tay Cities Regional Deal, Fife Council Co-Leader Cllr David Ross added:“We fully recognise the importance of the Tay Cities economy to, and contribution of, North East Fife. These proposals will enable the region to become even more attractive for inward investment and accelerated economic growth.

 “This City Deal will build on the many distinct strengths of the region, increasing jobs and developing opportunities across the food and drink, creative industries and the health and care sectors. The Tay Cities Deal will support us to realise the potential of the River Tay to encourage tourism and attract more visitors.”

The Joint Committee for the Tay Cities Region seeks to fulfil a number of key regional functions including:

  • Acting as a Regional Partnership as defined by the Scottish Government following the  2017 Enterprise & Skills Review and Planning Review
  • Regional Economic Development including, but not restricted to, the approval and oversight of investments to be funded through the Tay Cities Deal.
  • Cross-boundary Strategic Planning.
  • Regional Transport Planning and Public Transport.
  • Cross-boundary Infrastructure Planning.

 

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region (ESESCR) Deal
In July 2017 the UK and Scottish Governments, the six Local Authorities in South East Scotland (City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Mid Lothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian) and the Further and Higher Education Sectors entered into Heads of Terms for a City Deal. This sets out the agenda for joint working to develop final business cases for the investment priorities.

Both the Scottish and UK governments are committed to jointly investing £600 million over 15 years and regional partners have committed to adding up to £500m, overall representing a deal worth £1.1bn.

Fife Council is working hard to advance the Deal with the other councils involved to accelerate economic growth in Scotland’s capital city and wider region, while tackling deprivation and inequality.

The latest report considered by Fife Council sought formal approval to establish a Joint Committee to progress the Edinburgh and South East of Scotland City Region Deal.

The committee’s role is to oversee the implementation of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal programme, build and support inclusive growth, focusing on the needs of the local area and strengthening the partnership between public, private and third sectors. It also seeks to improve business involvement from the Edinburgh and South East Scotland city region in local decision making, and to support partnership working.

Benefits for the wider city region and mid and south Fife include:

  • An Edinburgh and South East Scotland programme of economic infrastructure investment. Regional economic priorities for Fife include new industrial and business premises, enabling businesses and communities across the region to benefit from new opportunities in data-driven innovation. Investment will help ensure that local businesses and communities across Fife are able to engage in innovation opportunities. 
  • The Deal will support the building of further new affordable, low-cost and low-carbon homes across the city region, recognising Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy as a strategically important areas for housing growth. The Scottish Government is set to work on a site-by-site basis to support borrowing and share the financing risk.

Scottish Government investment of up to £25m (over eight years) across the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Region to deliver an integrated regional employability and skills programme will help tackle skills shortages and gaps, along with opening up more high-quality career opportunities to disadvantaged groups (e.g. young care leavers, workless, and those in low paid or insecure jobs).

 

David Ross, Councillor 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 24 03 Contact David Ross online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

Keith Winter, Executive Director - Environment, Enterprise and Communities 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 22 84 Contact Keith Winter online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

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