Published: 31/08/2017 15:34 - Updated: 31/08/2017 15:52

MInister hears about big plans for Moray


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Lord Duncan (left) meets MP Douglas Ross, Moray Council's corporate director Rhona Gunn and council leader George Alexander
A GOVERNMENT minister is in Moray today to hear about plans to develop the local area’s economy.


Lord Duncan, who is the under secretary of state for Scotland, is meeting councillors, council officials and MP Douglas Ross to discuss the Moray Growth Deal.

The deal – described while being launched during the Summer as one of the most ambitious investment projects ever envisaged for Moray – aims to secure more funding to the area, and with it such things as better roads, plus better and higher paid jobs as well as improved digital connectivity.

The push follows in the wake of the £315million City Region Deal announced last year for Inverness,

A similar even bigger deal was also announced for Aberdeen, with a quoted value over a 10-year period of £826.2million. 

Mr Ross said: "If the Moray Growth Fund bid is to be successful then it needs the support of all partners – and the UK government is a key element in this. 

"I am keen to ensure details of the bid are fed in at the highest levels of government to give it the best possible chance of success.

"It was clear from this meeting that Lord Duncan was impressed and it’s important that we all pull together."

Read more about the deal at

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