East Lothian Council

Budget boost for county economy

Published Tuesday 13th February 18

Haddington railway

Growing East Lothian’s economy and improving local infrastructure is a key plank of the council’s capital spending plans.

Almost £38 million will be invested in initiatives to accelerate growth reflecting the council’s ambitions to deliver the City Deal Innovation Hub in partnership with Queen Margaret University and both governments.

There will be a £3 million cash injection for business support/town centre regeneration that will in part match fund Conservation Area Regeneration monies secured through Historic and Environment Scotland.

More than £27 million has been identified for improvements to key transport infrastructure to accommodate development. This is in addition to continued investment for the maintenance and repairs of the local road network which is funded separately. Funding has also been set aside for parking improvements throughout the county.

Meanwhile, there is good news for public transport and connectivity with the allocation £1.5 million of the council’s total contribution towards development of the new East Linton railway station.

There are also resources for sustainable transport initiatives to support walking and cycling and an allocation of £200,000 for implementation of the council’s Core Path Plan.

Councillor John McMillan, Cabinet Spokesperson for Economic Development, said:

“Developing the local economy is key to our aim of making East Lothian the best place in Scotland in which to live, work and do business. A dynamic and thriving economy enables people and communities to flourish.

“There are huge opportunities for the East Lothian in the years ahead,

with economic development opportunities anticipated at key sites such as QMU,

Blindwells and Cockenzie. The council has a significant role to play in partnering with other organisations and stakeholders to drive these forward. In particular we look forward to progressing the City Region Deal and unlocking significant national and UK wide investment in our County to deliver significant jobs.

“2018/19 sees the return of the ASI Scottish Open and the Scottish Ladies Open to Gullane Golf Club and an expected 60,000 visitors will be welcomed into our county in but a few days in July. Events like these are hugely significant to our Tourism Sector and our unique Golf coast.”

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