SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has tabled a motion in Parliament welcoming a total of £3.25 million of funding to five organisations across Scotland, including the joint project between Falkirk Council and Forth Environment Link.

The project will see an active transport hub being created in Falkirk, as well as 20 new charging points for electric cars, which will be powered by an array of 168 solar panels at the Falkirk stadium.

The funding, from the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund will also see similar strategies taken forward in Dundee and Aberdeen.

Commenting on the news, Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, said:

“This is very welcome news, and well worthy of highlighting in Parliament.

“As part of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee, we are looking at how we can encourage transport methods which are environmentally beneficial, and provide sustainable solutions to becoming a low carbon economy. I am pleased to see this funding being awarded to Falkirk Council and the Forth Environment Link in order for these projects to take shape.

“This funding also shows the benefit of having access to vital Funding from Europe, like the ERDF, which has also provided funding for projects to tackle poverty and inequality, boosting our small and medium size enterprises and enabled more work to be done towards realising a circular economy. It is vital that access to this remains in place post-Brexit, and I will certainly be calling on the UK government to pay close attention to this.”

Text of Mr. MacDonald's motion to Parliament:

Motion Number: S5M-06552
Lodged By: Angus MacDonald
Date Lodged: 29/06/2017

Title: European Regional Development Funding Awarded to Scotland

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of £3.25million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund, which was awarded to organisations across Scotland in order to develop active travel and low-carbon transport hubs; notes that Falkirk Council and partners, Forth Environment Link, have been successful in their application to this fund, which will enable an active travel hub in Falkirk town centre and a low-carbon vehicle hub at Falkirk Community Stadium to be created that will incorporate 20 electric vehicle charging bays powered by a 168-bay solar array; recognises the importance of developing low-carbon travel and transport initiatives building sustainable and environmentally beneficial infrastructure, which encourages more people to use low-carbon transport methods; acknowledges what it sees as the significant impact that ERDF has had in Scotland in supporting initiatives to tackle poverty, to boost small- and medium-sized enterprises and develop initiatives to support the circular economy; considers the impact that it considers Brexit will have on sources of funding available to projects designed to support and enhance Scotland’s diverse economy; congratulates Falkirk Council and Forth Environment Link on securing this vital funding, and looks forward to seeing this project come to life.

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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