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Growth Deal plans on agenda at Regional Partnership meeting

Posted on 16 Sep 2020

The transformational Ayrshire Growth Deal continues to progress despite the uncertainty of COVID-19, with both the UK and Scottish Governments firmly in support of the ambitious plans.

That was the message as the Ayrshire Regional Partnership met earlier this week to discuss the Deal and a range of other issues at their quarterly meeting.

The Partnership, which is made up of representatives from the three Ayrshire Councils and public and private sector partners, confirmed that official Deal documents will be signed in the coming weeks.

This will confirm the financial details of each programme, timescales and set out the objectives for each.

Last year, the three Councils and both Governments signed the Heads of Terms on the £251m Ayrshire Growth Deal. 

Now business cases have been developed taking account of feedback from the UK and Scottish governments.  

 Councillor Joe Cullinane, Chair of the Partnership, said:  “We have been working very hard, in difficult circumstances, to turn our aspirational ideas into real business plans that we can take forward.

 “We are now at that stage, and it’s great that both UK and Scottish  governments  remain  fully  committed  to  the  Growth  Deal programmes across Scotland, and to work in partnership with us as we move into the delivery phase.“We have been working with both governments to maintain a ‘business as usual approach’ to the work of the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

“To ensure  that  we  are  ready  to  sign  and  able  to  respond  to  any  early  call  from government to do so, considerable work has been progressed in recent months to further develop project proposals;  build strong partnerships around  project  implementation;  review  risk  registers  and  potential  impact  on capital projects; and  further update business cases.

“We look forward to moving forward in the coming weeks.”

 As part of the meeting agenda, the Partnership considered the new Ayrshire Wide Community Wealth Building approach, approved by the Joint Committee in June, support for the tourism sector during the COVID-19 crisis, and plans for a new Regional Spatial Strategy for Ayrshire. There was also discussion on the food and drink industry, aerospace and clean energy.