Borderlands Partnership welcomes Government funding announcement

Dumfries and Galloway Council, as part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal Partnership, is delighted at the announcement of a funding deal of £85Million from the Scottish Government. It is anticipated that the UK Government will make a further announcement in the Spring Statement this afternoon.

The Borderlands Partnership is a unique collaboration that brings together the five cross-border local authorities - Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council, Scottish Borders Council, Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council.

Now that funding is in place, we can start to build on the six key themes for the project which have been identified as key to the future economic development of our combined area: Digital; Borderlands Energy Investment Company; Destination Borderlands; Quality of Place; Knowledge Exchange Network and Business Infrastructure Programme.

As the first rural deal to be developed and the only proposal to cross the Anglo-Scottish Border, Dumfries and Galloway is in the fortunate position to have the basis for some unique and substantial opportunities for development. There are four focussed, place-based, major projects across the five authorities: Dumfries and Galloway’s being the redevelopment of the 200-hectare site at Chapelcross, which is ideally placed on the border, close to major transport links and has established national Grid connection. Other projects are being progressed as part of the development of the six key themes with Heads of Terms expected to be agreed in June.

Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Elaine Murray said: “The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal forms part of the Council’s strategy to tackle the challenging economic climate currently facing Dumfries and Galloway. Given the short period of time from the inception of the Borderlands project and coming just six months since the Borderlands Deal proposal was presented to the two governments, we have come a long way in a very short time, which is testament to all the hard work the partnership has put into this unique project.

We are part of a unique area  which has an untapped potential for growth.

This significant funding is in addition to the funding each Local Authority  already invests in growing the economy. Some of the proposed projects and programmes are specific to Dumfries and Galloway as others are to their local authorities, however taken together they will bring real benefit across the whole Borderlands area.”

Depute, Rob Davidson went on to say: “This is just the start of our journey, but with funding in place we can now begin to add in the detail to the six main programmes and thereafter to the projects which will underpin these. With the South of Scotland Economic Agency also starting to take shape our region is in a unique situation, one which has great potential. When we held the first Borderlands Conference in our region last year more than 370 business representatives, Community Groups, public sector organisations and individuals attended on the day. It was through this that we had confirmation that there was not only interest, but need for a project of this type in our region. With this funding we can start to deliver on the commitments we made to those attending and to the population of our region as a whole.”

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