I am concerned and frustrated about the lack of progress on the Tay Cities Deal. I am a member of the Tay Cities Region Joint committee and I was surprised to learn that the meeting that was scheduled for 24th August was cancelled.
I am happy to be a member of the Tay Cities Region Joint Committee it is a good example of politicians working together across party and geographical boundaries with other partners in the interests of people in our area. I want to see progress on the Tay Cities Deal and I want to see investment in our city and region. I was surprised to learn that the meeting of the committee scheduled for 24th August was cancelled and a meeting is now scheduled for September.
We need to see progress on the deal. This is not good enough. In recent weeks we have seen the unedifying sight of both the UK and Scottish Governments engaging in a pointless blame game before the deal is even published. UK and Scottish ministers might enjoy their political games but I am looking for the Tay Cities Deal to invest in jobs for Dundee. Jobs for Dundee is what I want to see. We need action rather than posturing and we need a deal which benefits the people of Dundee and the wider Tay Cities region.
I hope that by the time the committee eventually meets that there is something positive to report about Tay Cities Deal. We have been waiting too long for this, we need action and we need to get it right for the people of Dundee. I am looking for a deal which delivers jobs and investment for Dundee and the surrounding area and which makes a real difference.
My colleague Councillor Kevin Keenan first called for a city deal for Dundee back in 2013 I fear that we have missed the boat with the delays and prevarication since then. I am clear that our priority has to be jobs for the people of Dundee.