Councillors approve £500m Perthshire infrastructure plan

Perth and Kinross CouncilPerth and Kinross Council has given the green light to a £500 million masterplan which will see investment in schools, businesses and leisure facilities across the region.

Approved by councillors yesterday as the local authority set its latest capital budget, the seven-year programme of development will see £128m worth of improvements to school buildings including two new schools in the north of the city, as well as at the recently-revived Oudenarde estate near Bridge of Earn.

Major roads upgrades and an £18m new leisure facility at Blairgowrie are also included.

The meeting saw cross-party support to return the iconic Stone of Destiny to the region, where it could be housed at Perth City Hall as part of a £30m investment in cultural projects.

It also emerged that £20m will be spent on crucial flood defences at Comrie, Milnathort, Kinross and Scone.

A £600,000 package of improvements for the A977 was also welcomed, as was a £2.5m “creative exchange” hub at Perth’s old St John’s Primary School.

Council leader Ian Miller said it was the plan was “essential” to ensure the area had a prosperous and vibrant future.

He said: “Our track record of investing in our future has, I think, been outstanding and this council should be rightly proud of all that it has achieved.

“This is a budget for jobs, the economy and the future of our young people and communities.”

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