FALKIRK DISTRICT RECEIVES MAJOR INVESTMENT IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Affordable Housing

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald, FalkirkEast has welcomed the announcement of a further £1.75 billion Scottish Government investment in affordable housing across Scotland, which includes £33 million investment in the Falkirk Council area.  

Councils and house-builders across Scotland’s 32 local authorities will have the opportunity to plan ahead with grant subsidies guaranteed, for the first time, for the next three years until 2021.

In 2018-19, £532 million will be shared amongst local authorities – rising to £591 million in 2019-20 and £630 million in 2020-21.

Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East said:


“This is excellent news for the recently formed minority SNP Administration in Falkirk.”

“The announcement that Falkirk district will receive £33 million over the next three years provides the certainty that Falkirk district and the sector needs to keep progressing and ensures we keep up the momentum to reach the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.

“Increasing the supply of affordable homes is a key SNP commitment and plays a vital role in helping to tackle poverty and inequality in Falkirk district.

"Committing funding until the end of this parliament will help ensure that Scotland leads the way in building homes that are high-quality, efficient and affordable, and will strengthen our house-building sector and the estimated 14,000 jobs that the affordable housing supply programme supports each year.

The SNP believes that everyone in Scotland deserves a warm,affordablehome and with a huge number of affordable homes approved last year, we are making great progress towards that aim.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES INEOS INVESTMENT IN GRANGEMOUTH

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ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AS PART OF EUROPEAN EXPANSION PROGRAMME

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has welcomed the announcement by INEOS to invest in its site in Grangemouth as part of a wider programme of expansion in Europe.

The KG cracker, which produces feedstocks for the other chemical plants, has a current capacity of around 750,000 tonnes per year. However, the investment announced yesterday (12th June 2017) will see that capacity raised to over 1 million tonnes per year. Similar expansion is planned at Ineos’ site in Norway, with investment also expected in Antwerp in Belgium.

After meeting with John McNally, CEO of INEOS Olefins & Primers UK, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald commented on the announcement:

“I welcome this announcement from INEOS, which shows their commitment to investing in Grangemouth. INEOS have had significant recovery plans in place over the past few years to get their site in Grangemouth back to a level of sustainable operation. This process clearly has not been easy, and I am glad we are now seeing the efforts of the hard-working staff and management come to fruition with news of this announcement.

“I trust that this work continues, and INEOS continue to be a positive partner in growing the local economy with investment in the future, however this must come as part of collaboration moving forward in the interests of all.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP CALLS FOR INEOS TO BUILD 4X4 IN GRANGEMOUTH

Defender

LOCATION AND CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF GRANGEMOUTH “IDEAL” FOR PROJECT

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has written to Jim Ratcliffe, chairman and founder of Ineos, calling on consideration to be given for Grangemouth to be chosen as the site for the production of a new 4x4 off-road vehicle.

Ratcliffe has created a company that will invest millions to produce vehicles inspired by the original Land Rover Defender. A fan of the Defender, the Ineos founder wants to fill a gap in the market where the classic off-roader once stood. The company has completed various feasibility studies into producing the vehicles, but is yet to announce where the production site will be located.

The Falkirk East MSP wrote to Jim Ratcliffe putting Grangemouth forward as the ideal location for the 4x4 production site.

Commenting on the initial request, Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, said:

“Already the Grangemouth site at Ineos employs over 1,300 people directly, and indirectly, through the Grangemouth plant. This would be a huge boost to the local economy if the 4x4 production site were to be placed in Grangemouth. The port also offers the perfect location for investment and would provide the ideal platform for this project to be realised.

“The Grangemouth plant is ideally located, with clear access to many routes of transportation. It lies at the centre of Scotland’s industrial heartland, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and is served by the M9 motorway. Any new production site would want the most accessible route to market across the world and with access to national road and rail networks, as well as being located near the Port of Grangemouth, the U.K.’s largest feeder port and the only port in the U.K. which exports more than it imports. Evidently, Grangemouth’s location gives the perfect combination for further development as a logistics and distribution hub with its road, rail and sea links as well as available land.

“Clearly this would be a fantastic opportunity for the town, the local economy and for the already cast iron reputation of Grangemouth for being the place to invest. I would be more than happy to see a new global icon born in the Port to be enjoyed by the world.”

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