It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and, as the festive holiday approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to offer you all my very best wishes for the Season.
It is a time of year when most of us are able to share cherished moments with family and friends. Not all of us can – there will be many we know and who are dear to us who will be at work - at home and abroad. That includes the care, support and protection offered by our public servants in the County and also our armed service men and women on active duty on foreign soil.
If you are working over part or all of the Festive Season, I thank you and your families for your efforts, service and sacrifice on behalf of everyone in Angus.
It has been another eventful year in Angus. I was delighted to see The Open Championship return to Carnoustie in July. A record 172,000 fans joined us during what was a glorious summer and saw Francesco Molinari tame the mighty course and claim the Claret Jug. This historic global sporting event provided a massive boost to the local economy and for Scotland’s economy too. Angus was buzzing and I for one cannot wait for its return once more.
More recently we had confirmation of the Tay City Regions Deal – something that is a very big deal for all of us here Angus in terms of the direct and regional benefits we will see in the coming years.
The Deal represents a £300 million investment by the UK and Scottish governments in Tayside and Fife. It has the potential to secure more than 6000 jobs and lever in more than £400 million in investment to the region over the next 10 to 15 years. We will receive an additional resource of £26 million for Angus for yet to be allocated to projects that will support economic growth right here.
That is all fantastic news. We are working hard to ensure that Angus and its people share in the positive effects of this unprecedented deal.
The Tay Cities Region Deal will build upon significant work already underway in Angus and provide the launch pad for further long-term investment, employment, growth and development across our Towns, County and the wider Region. The benefits will be realised within tourism, manufacturing, engineering and industry, local business and communities, education and skills training, tourism and communication and transportation links. Exciting times indeed.
It is an honour to serve as your Provost. 2018 has provided me with great pleasure through the many inspirational people I have met – young, old and those in-between. Our young academic achievers and our community-spirited volunteers continue to set the example for others to follow and they should be rightly proud of their efforts.
I have no doubts that 2019 will provide opportunities, challenges, proud and memorable moments in equal measure. For the meantime, I wish you and yours a joyful and peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.
Provost of Angus
Ronnie Proctor MBE FSA Scot