The Government has awarded a figure of £3M towards various different projects in the area of Tayside after the Ministry of Defence decided to retain the RM Condor Airfield, leaving the £3M reserved by the Government to acquire the site free to be used as part of the Tay Cities Deal.
The four projects in Tayside which are scheduled to receive support from the new funding include the Aero Space Kinross visitor attraction, the Crieff International Highland Centre, the Innerpeffray Library, and the University of St Andrews Stretch Dome Simulator.
The Aero Space Kinross attraction will be constructed to encourage young people to take up STEM subjects and will gain £1.6M from the fund, the Crieff International Highland Centre will concern the music, dance, and sport of the Highlands and will receive £1M, the Innerpeffray Library will receive £100,000 to construct a nature walk and upgrade educational facilities, and the final £300,000 will contribute towards the aforementioned Stretch Drome simulator.
The UK Government Minister for Scotland, Colin Clark stated: “The Tay Cities Deal will transform the region, boosting jobs and helping the economy to thrive across Dundee, Fife, Angus and Perth and Kinross.
“It is great news for Angus that RM Condor is to continue as a military base, reinforcing our commitment to a strong defence presence in Scotland. It employs a large number of people and makes a hugely significant contribution to the local community. This also means the UK Government is able to invest £3M in four fantastic new projects across Tayside.
“From space education to cutting-edge science, these projects will make a real difference. I was pleased to make the announcement at Innerpeffray Library, Scotland’s oldest free lending library, which is helping to safeguard our unique Scottish heritage.
“This funding is part of the UK Government’s £150M investment in the Tay Cities Deal. Through the UK city region and growth deal programme we have committed more than £1.4Bn to city and growth deals across Scotland, helping to create tens of thousands of Scottish jobs in the years to come.”
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