Council meeting discusses benefits of recent agreed City Region Deal

East Lothian is set to benefit from substantial new investment from the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region (ESESCR) Deal elected members heard at today’s (Tuesday 22 August) full Council meeting. The Heads of Terms for the £600m deal, signed by six local authorities and Westminster and Scottish Governments last month, signalled localised investment projects in East Lothian that will boost job creation, provide new training and skills programmes and deliver new housing options for those on low to moderate income.

East Lothian Council Leader, Cllr Willie Innes, said:

“The ESESCR will enable East Lothian Council to invest further in essential infrastructure for the county and support local residents and businesses to develop skills and services in East Lothian. In partnership with Queen Margaret University, a new Innovation Park will be created in Musselburgh which will build upon the strong food and drink expertise already developed by local growers, producers and manufacturers in East Lothian.”

“East Lothian is one of the fastest growing areas in Scotland and the council recognises that the county enjoys a strong and vibrant community spirit in our distinct towns and villages which requires to be protected and enhanced. We will be working with a number of developers to create a range of housing options that are affordable and will keep family connections to our communities.”

“Through the ESESCR, the partners are committed to tackling the acute shortage of homes, particularly affordable homes, in the county. The Deal recognises the significance of Blindwells as one of seven key strategic development sites in the region, and supports the establishment of a new City Region Housing Company to provide competitive market and mid-market rented housing. Working in collaboration with others will allow us to deliver certainty to SMEs in the construction industry and maximise economic benefit from the construction process.

“Investment will also be used to provide quality training and job opportunities for both young people starting on their career paths and others seeking a change of career or establishing their own business.”

“The ESESCR is perhaps unique in recent times as an investment initiative that enjoys cross-party support. Partnership is key to the success of the diverse and ambitious aims for East Lothian and in addition to our political colleagues a range of other public and private sector organisations will also contribute their expertise to achieve the best possible outcomes. East Lothian Council will continue to consult locally on developments which I am sure will greatly enhance East Lothian as a great place to live, work and visit.”

Details of the ESESCR can be viewed online at with details of the new Innovation Park at QMU at

Published: Tuesday, 22nd August 2017