People working, living and studying in Stirling are being asked to support Stirling’s City Deal, by signing The Stirling Pledge.
Negotiations are ongoing with UK and Scottish Governments to secure a City Deal investment for Stirling, to build on Stirling’s world-class assets and re-position it as a major economic and cultural player both nationally and internationally.
Following extensive collaborative work, business cases have been put forward for a range of regeneration projects, including a Digital District, Grow-On Space, a new City Park, regeneration of the Mercat Cross and City Centre and a project to bring the Harbour and River Forth back into the heart of Stirling life as a key tourism and leisure resource.
Stirling Council Leader Johanna Boyd said: “This is a golden opportunity for Stirling and one we must grasp with both hands to make the change we want to see in both our rural and urban areas, with a particular focus on our most in need communities. Through this Pledge we hope to raise awareness of the City Deal by encouraging local people to sign up and show their support for Stirling. By attracting further investment and business to the Stirling area, it will encourage sustainable economic growth while reducing poverty and inequalities across all of Stirling’s communities, and raising Stirling’s national and global profile.”
City Commissioner Michelle McKearnon, Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce said: “As the Chamber of Commerce we are delighted to be part of the City Deal Investment Bid. Our role is to support existing Stirling businesses and to attract new business investment to the area, thus growing the local economy and making Stirling a key player in the wider Scottish economy. There is a really positive buzz about Stirling at the moment and now is the time to capitalise on this energy.”
City Commissioner Liz Buchanan MBE, Regional Partnerships Director at VisitScotland, said: “Stirling has long been a powerful draw for visitors, and it is thrilling to consider the economic step change that this City Deal will deliver for the city and its surrounding communities through projects that will attract still greater numbers to the area. Stirling will prove its vision, energy and enthusiasm when everyone signs the pledge to make it happen.”
Stirling Council has already approved how £2million of funding will be allocated across a range of capital projects to kickstart the programme, and local residents and business owners are now being asked to support the Bid by signing ‘The Stirling Pledge here.