THE FINAL sign-off of the Borderlands Growth Deal has been warmly welcomed by Dumfriesshire's constituency MSP and MP.
Both Oliver Mundell and David Mundell have hailed the official launch of the massive 10-year investment package as 'a game-changer.'
They joined the virtual ceremony on Thursday morning (March 18, 2021) when representatives of the UK and Scottish Government, who funded the deal, were joined by others from the five partner local authorities.
Oliver Mundell has been a staunch supporter of the project at Holyrood whilst his father David helped take the unique cross-border regeneration scheme forward from conception whilst serving as Scottish Secretary.
The political duo issued a joint-statement after witnessing the Covid-secure signing ceremony in a video link-up.
Oliver and David Mundell stated: "This milestone is great news for Dumfriesshire and shows what can be achieved when our two governments work together, along with local authorities on both sides of the border. It is a real game-changer.
"We are particularly pleased that conditional funding of £15 million from Borderlands is poised to help deliver quality jobs through the creation of a Chapelcross Green Energy Park, near Annan.
"A further £8 million of Borderlands funding has been earmarked for a Centre of Dairy Innovation at Scotland's Rural College's Barony campus at Parkgate.
"Funding for a feasibility study into a Borders Railway extension to Carlisle, as well as general infrastructure improvements should also create opportunities for our constituents, as will developments in neighbouring Cumbria, Scottish Borders and Galloway."