Edinburgh Green Freeport bid: Council to tell UK and Scottish governments its support ‘not a settled position’
The city council is to tell the UK and Scottish governments that an official letter it sent in support of the bid for a Green Freeport on the Forth was “premature”.
Council chiefs will explain the support given for the bid by a consortium led by Forth Ports and backed by other councils in the area, did not represent the settled position of Edinburgh council.
Forth Ports is understood to have invested £50m in the outer berth at Leith as a marshalling yard for offshore renewables.
Forth Ports claim the bid, centred on Leith, Grangemouth and Roysth, could generate 50,000 new green jobs and unlock £6 billion of investment. A decision by the two governments is expected before the end of the year.
Councillors had debated the Green Freeport idea in March this year and agreed that further information would have to be presented to council to identify the merits of such status and address any concerns before the council could confirm its support. But instead, the June 20 deadline for the submission of bids fell when there was no available council or committee meeting to consider the finalised letter of support, so officers decided, in consultation with council leader Cammy Day, to support the bid within the parameters of the existing policies of the council.
The letter of support has only now been reported to the council’s policy and sustainability committee and SNP, Lib Dem and Green councillors combined to insist Cllr Day and chief executive Andrew Kerr write to the governments and make clear the council’s official stance will have to be decided by full council . . . . . .
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