More information call on progress of Tay Cities Deal

Inverness recently secured £315m in funding
Inverness recently secured £315m in funding

MSPs and councillors have called for more information on the progress of the Tay Cities Deal, as Inverness secured its own £315 million scheme.

Tayside’s much-awaited deal, which will incorporate Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross as well as parts of northern Fife, will bring a cash boost to the region.

However, concerns have been raised about the future of the proposal, with some saying the area appears to have been put “at the back of the queue”.

A Dundee City Council spokesman said a report on the proposal’s progress would be brought to committee next month.

Conservative MSP Bill Bowman said: “We said at the beginning of the year that there needs to be a sense of unity and urgency to get the best possible outcome for Tayside.

“The Aberdeen City Region Deal is already starting to bear fruit through the development of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, while Inverness has exciting proposals to invest in transport links and skills academies.

“It is imperative that plans for Tayside are fast tracked.”

Councillor Richard McCready criticised Dundee City Council, which is taking the lead on the proposals, for falling behind other councils in securing a deal.

He added: “I have asked for details of the City Deal for Dundee and for an answer as to why our city appears to be at the back of the queue. I have received a briefing on this which did not shed a great deal of light on the subject.

“From my perspective, I see other cities and regions in Scotland at the front of the queue receiving funding for projects. Dundee needs investment and jobs and I want to know why there seems to be a lack of urgency to do a deal.”