City Deal launch is great news for East Ren

Cllr Jim Fletcher, East Ren Council signs up at the launch of City Deal.
Cllr Jim Fletcher, East Ren Council signs up at the launch of City Deal.

The eight Glasgow City Region councils have launched an ambitious joint economic action plan, kick-starting an unprecedented long-term collaboration on jobs, skills and inclusive growth.

The move, a first in Scotland, will see the City region member authorities pursue a common economic strategy between now and the year 2035.

Working together, the group is targeting 100,000 extra jobs; 6,500 new businesses, and big improvements in qualifications, training and skills. Councils also aim to bring thousands of hectares of vacant and derelict land into use and support the building of 110,000 new homes across the region.

The joint strategy and action plan was formally presented to an audience of key stakeholders across the private sector and key agencies at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s centre for design and architecture.

East Renfrewshire Council Leader Jim Fletcher said: “The City Deal has been great news for East Renfrewshire. Our ambitious vision for the area’s future development has been significantly enhanced and accelerated thanks to our £44 million City Deal investment. So with that work already at an advanced stage, I am excited by the huge potential the regional economic strategy offers all of the councils which are involved. It sets out an ambitious plan for growing the economy of the City Region and we are committed to strong collaborative working in order to achieve this.”