Ayrshire Growth Deal moves ahead as UK Government signals early support

Friday March 30th, 2018

The team behind bold multi-million plans for the regeneration of Ayrshire say UK Government support is a major step forward for their ambitious proposals (March 29th).Theresa May

The Ayrshire Growth Deal aims to take forward a number of transformational projects across the region. The Ayrshire Growth Deal team say the commitment made by Prime Minister Theresa May during a visit of Ayrshire today will help them start bringing a range of those projects to life.

At the heart of the proposals put forward is Inclusive Growth – creating opportunities that benefit everyone across all of Ayrshire’s communities. The Ayrshire Growth Deal will provide significant investment in the key sectors of aerospace and space, life sciences, manufacturing and tourism.

The Growth Deal team – which includes the three Ayrshire Councils and national agencies, with support from the private sector – have been lobbying hard to gain the guarantee of financial support from the UK Government.

The Scottish Government have already made a firm commitment to progressing the Deal.

During her visit to Ayrshire – as part a one-day tour of the UK – the PM confirmed that talks would now formally begin over a new Ayrshire Growth Deal.
The HALO project in Kilmarnock which was included in the Growth Deal proposals has already secured £7m of investment – £3.5m from the Scottish Government and £3.5 from the UK Government.

Other potential Ayrshire Growth Deal projects include:

  • The growth and development of the aerospace industry at Prestwick Airport and securing the UK’s first spaceport there
  • Development of Irvine Harbourside and Ardeer Peninsula
  • Ayrshire being considered as the UK location for a Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre
  • Regional transport appraisal to lead to improvements to the road and rail infrastructure particularly the main arterial routes
  • Investment at Bellfield Interchange and A76, providing essential links to the northern powerhouse and to open up additional development land across Ayrshire
  • Development of industrial space at Moorfield Kilmarnock
  • complementary investment in digital infrastructure
  • Further development of industrial and business premises in key locations

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said, “Today’s announcement from the Prime Minister and the UK Government on the start of formal talks is a welcome and positive step forward in turning the Ayrshire Growth Deal from an ambition into a reality. It’s testament to the huge amount of time and effort that we’ve put in over the last couple of years to bring both the UK and Scottish Governments to the table and to get them to buy-in to Ayrshire’s potential.

“The Growth Deal is more than just a set of projects – it’s about investment and jobs, the transformation of our economy and our communities, and, ultimately improving lives.

“With the backing of both the Scottish and UK Governments and talks about to get underway, we want to hit the ground running to discuss exactly what support and funding they will be putting in place so we can get to work on delivering a terrific deal for the people of Ayrshire.”


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