On Tuesday a City Deal was announced for Inverness, previously City deals have been announced for Aberdeen, Edinburgh and some time ago for Glasgow. Dundee is being left behind.
Where is Dundee's City Deal? It is not good enough that Dundee is left behind. Our city needs investment. We should be trying maximise the opportunities for our city. Millions of pounds of investment is heading to other city regions in Scotland and Dundee is left out. We need investment to bring jobs to our city. I will always make jobs and prosperity my priority. Dundee City Council has a duty to deliver for the people of Dundee. We have heard a lot of talk about jobs and investment but now is the time for results. We need to hear about real money being invested in our city.
I want to know why the Scotland Office are able to say that no formal approaches have been made about a city deal for Dundee. Possible investment is on the table and we need to make that a reality for the people of Dundee. My colleague Councillor Kevin Keenan first raised this issue in 2013, it is unacceptable that other areas in Scotland and across the UK are benefiting from this investment whilst Dundee appears to be uninterested in securing this funding.
The people of Dundee need to see action to deliver investment for our city. I want answers. I still want to know where is our City Deal?