12/01/2011

Welcome for V & A funding


As Labour's Leisure, Arts and Communities spokesperson in Dundee today I welcomed the announcement of some government funding for the V & A at Dundee project. I've been a long-time supporter of the project, since it was first discussed in 2007. I am committed to working with the Scottish Government, the City Council, the Universities, Scottish Enterprise and the V & A to ensure that this project is delivered.



I welcome news of support for this important project for the city of Dundee. It is crucial to the city that this project gets going and I think that it will make a real difference to city. It is great that this great British institution wants to set up a museum in Dundee. Labour in Dundee is committed to delivering this project for the good of everyone in the city.



I will be meeting with the Director of City Development in the near future to discuss progress on the V & A at Dundee. I will be asking about what else is required to secure progress. There is a fabulous vision of an iconic building in Dundee it is important that there is a a hardheaded approach to securing the funding required to bring this vision into a reality.

My colleague Pauline McNeill MSP, Labour's Culture spokesperson has also commented on this; “The V&A in Dundee has had our support from the very beginning and we hope this funding will allow the project team to make progress.



“The design of the building promises to transform the city's waterfront and put Dundee at the forefront of Scotland’s creative sector.



“This is an innovative project which is not only crucial for Dundee’s economy but for Scotland as whole.”