Yesterday the Scottish Government, the Scotland Office and Highland Council pr formally signed-off the £315 million Inverness City Deal. Yet again I re-iterated my question 'where is Dundee's City Deal?' On numerous occasions along with others I have asked for details of the City Deal for Dundee. I'm very concerned that Dundee seems to be at the back of the queue.
I have asked for details of the City Deal for Dundee and for an answer as to why our city appears to be at the back of the queue. I have received a briefing on this which did not shed a great deal of light on the subject. From my perspective I see other cities and regions in Scotland at the front of the queue receiving funding for projects. Dundee needs investment and jobs and I want to know why there seems to be a lack of urgency to do a deal.
I have been told that a lot of work is going on in the background, this may well be true but I am still confused about why all the other regions want to tell people about what they are doing and even engage in some kind of public debate about what is proposed. Dundee's deal appears to be top secret. Why is Dundee the only city not shouting from the rooftops about the deal that it wants?
I want to hear about plans for jobs and investment sooner rather than later, we need to promote our city. I will put the interests of Dundee first to help deliver jobs and investment for our city. I have two questions to ask, firstly why the secrecy and secondly where is our city deal?
I am pleased that the council has now said that there will be a report to the council on 13th February, but it does still beg the question - why the secrecy?