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ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR STIRLING EASTERN ACCESS ROAD

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An additional£1.2m capital consent will be issued to Stirling Council in 1996-97 to allow the next phase of the Ea...
An additional £1.2m capital consent will be issued to Stirling Council in 1996-97 to allow the next phase of the Eastern Access Road project to proceed.

Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth said:

'This extra funding from the government is a substantial sum and together with the additional allocations already made for the project confirms the importance that is attached to the development of the Forthside site and the exciting opportunities this project offers for the area.

'My discussions this morning with the council have satisfied me that the proposals for the road can be taken forward in a satisfactory and appropriate manner.'

The construction of an Eastern Access Road is regarded as crucial by members of the Stirling Initiative to the development of the Forthside site (the Stirling Initiative is a partnership which includes the Council, Forth Valley Enterprise and The Scottish Office amongst others). Stirling Council, and before them, Central RC have bid to The Scottish Office for additional allocations to allow the project to proceed.

The Scottish Office issued significant additional allocations in the past to the regional council for the construction of the road although progress has been slower than originally estimated because of concerns about the detailed development of the project. Stirling Council made a bid earlier this year for additional funding in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

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