Expressing disappointment that the Inverness City Deal was left out of the Chancellor’s budget today, Inverness Councillor and Scottish Parliament candidate, Carolyn Caddick, said: “Like many Invernessians, I waited with bated breath to hear confirmation that our application would move forward. But I am hugely disappointed and frustrated that the Inverness City Deal wasn’t mentioned in today’s budget.
“The Scottish Secretary David Mundell hinted that we would see some progress today, so we can only hope that we will hear some good news over the coming weeks.
“The Highland Lib Dems and Danny Alexander started the application process over a year ago. Inverness is a thriving city, with huge potential. The deal could give us the funding to make much needed improvements, like the Longman roundabout and the Inverness Castle project.
“There was some welcome news for our local economy today, that the North Sea tax regime will see a major and much needed overhaul.
“We need to make the Highlands heard again - SNP MP’s seem to be more concerned about keeping the independence debate alive that doing their best to bring investment to the Highlands.”