May 24, 2022

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden suggested that the SNP administration could lose millions of pounds to the city.

But council leader John Alexander accused Mr Golden of “pathetic nonsense” and insisted Dundee would submit a bid in the future.

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Local authorities can bid up to m 20m from the leveling up fund for each parliamentary constituency in their area.

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They can also apply for a grant for further transportation projects.

It is reported that it has seen an investment of £ 90 million in Dundee alone.

Eight Scottish councils submitted successful bids as part of the first round of funding.

Dundee was listed as a “Category 1” area in March 2021, meaning the UK government considered it one of the areas most in need of investment.

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden said failing to apply in the first round could cost the city millions of pounds.

He said: “The UK government seems to have recognized that Dundee was a high priority area when it came to leveling it.

“But for some reason the council does not agree and thinks the money should be spent in other parts of the country.

“This is an unforgivable negligence of duty at the council level and the cost can be really high.”

He added: “Many would be skeptical of the political motivation on the part of the SNP administration which does not want to see the British government taking money.”

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“This is a four-year bidding period. The UK government opens bids every year for a period of four years and invites bids from all local authorities,” he said.

He added: “The projects we are working on are important projects that will benefit the city and the wider area, and they are of a scale and scope that takes time to complete.”

Mr Alexander added: “I will not be in a hurry to submit a failed bid.

“I will take a year or two to fix it, to get all my ducks in a row, so that when we submit our bid, it will be successful.”

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