Smith Hails EU Funding Boost For Borders

20 April 2010

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today hailed the announcement of over £4 million to be invested in jobs creation and economic recovery in the Borders.

Grants have been made to:

  • Scottish Borders Council (Scottish Borders Rural Business Site Development) £943,500
  • Scottish Borders Council (Galashiels Transport Interchange) £2,112,221
  • Scottish Enterprise (Gretna, Lockerbie, Annan (GLA) Business Space) £736,010
  • Scottish Enterprise (Heathhall Industrial Estate, Dumfries) £351,338

The money, allocated by the Scottish Government from the European Regional Development Fund, totals £17.4 million and will be invested in urban regeneration and rural development projects, helping to create around 950 new jobs across Scotland.

Smith said:

"This is a real benefit to the local economy in the Borders, and is particularly welcome during this tough economic climate.

"Well done to the Scottish Government for making sure that we see real, quantifiable benefits from EU membership at home, on the ground.

"These grants will be a massive boost to the communities fortunate enough to be selected and it is precisely for this reason that the South of Scotland must be reclassified in the upcoming NUTS review.

"If we want to see this region and these communities continuing to benefit from EU funding then it is vital that the current review of NUTS boundaries recognises the value of a merger of the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, along with the removal of Edinburgh and Glasgow from the current NUTS designation.

"For my part, I will do all I can to support these moves."

The Scottish Government’s announcement of the latest ERDF funding allocations can be read at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2010/04/20120958

Projects in the urban regeneration category:                    

http://www.esep.co.uk/assets/files/ERDF3_Third_Round_Awards.pdf

Projects in the rural development category:

http://www.esep.co.uk/assets/files/ERDF4_Third_Round_Awards.pdf