East Lothian Council

2017-20 Budget sets aside more than £14million to boost East Lothian Economy

Published Tuesday 21st February 17

East Lothian Council today approved a £14m budget to grow East Lothian’s economy, boosting economic performance of the county.

The budget seeks to support an anticipated Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. East Lothian is one local authority partner in the City Region Deal, which is seeking to accelerate growth across the region through a set of targeted interventions.

As well as the enormously significant economic boost that the City Region Deal could potentially bring to East Lothian, our budget sets aside £1.4 million for the development of employment land at Gateside, Haddington and more than £3 million in total for business support and town centre regeneration.

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development, said:

“We are consistently working towards our aim of making East Lothian the best place in Scotland in which to live, work and do business and, of course, growing our economy is key to that. Improving our infrastructure and supporting businesses is at the heart of our plans. Our own capital programmes, including our planned contribution to the City Region Deal, will help us make significant steps forward in giving East Lothian a real economic boost.”

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