FALKIRK DISTRICT MSPs IMPRESSED WITH PROGRESS AS THE HELIX GEARS UP FOR ‘SNEAK PREVIEW’
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:40
Falkirk West MSP, Michael Matheson, and Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, have given their substantial backing to the significant progress being made at the town’s £43 million Helix development after touring the site earlier this week (Tuesday, August 13th).
Work on the 350-hectare land transformational project between Falkirk and Grangemouth has gathered pace over the summer and the Helix team are currently preparing to provide the Falkirk public with their own opportunity to see the development at a preview event next month (Saturday, September 14th).
Mr Matheson and Mr MacDonald toured the site with Helix programme director, Mike King, and were impressed with the way in which the four key areas of the park were taking shape, including the construction of the 30 metre tall Kelpies which have been designed by world renowned Glasgow-based artist Andy Scott.
The Helix is expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors a year to the Falkirk area and boost the local economy by around £1.5 million per annum when it is officially opened in April next year -providing the area with it’s second ‘top ten’ tourist attraction.
Mr Matheson said he was delighted to have the opportunity to see how the Helix was coming together and felt there was huge potential for the development, especially as it was due to open at a time when the eyes of the world would be focussed on Scotland.
“It’s great to see the progress being made first hand” he added.
“The Helix will attract visitors from home and overseas, and the Kelpies will become a national landmark. This is such an exciting and innovative project and I look forward to the project being completed.”
Mr MacDonald also commended The Helix team on their vision and diligence.
“It has been fantastic to get a sneak preview of The Helix today,” he said.
“I have watched progress closely from the initial conception of the idea to the near completion that we have seen today. This exciting project will be of enormous benefit to residents of Falkirk district and beyond and I congratulate the Helix team on bringing the project to fruition. I’m very much looking forward to the preview event next month and the finishing touches to the Kelpies in the near future.”
The Helix is being driven by a partnership of Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals.