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North Ayrshire announce "Local Green New Deal"

North Ayrshire Council have announced their plan for economic recovery post-Covid.

The Council is intending to use the response to Covid as a way to build back their economy in a way that benefits the environment as well as the economy.

This plan comes just months after the Council became the first in Scotland to launch their Community Wealth Building strategy.

The plans announced today include £8.8m that will be used to make sure that North Ayrshire’s economy is built back greener and fairer for everyone.

The money will be used for a variety of projects, including the maximising of renewable energy production on Council-owned land, tackling vacant buildings to generate new income as well as schemes to plant new trees to help with carbon absorption.

Cllr Joe Cullinane, Council leader and Cabinet Member for Community Wealth Building said:

“We are in the midst of a global recession and now is the time to be bold, think differently and build a new economy.

“That new economy must work for the benefit of people and planet, ending decades of an extractive economic model that has worked for neither and has saw inequality soar to record levels.

 “The Council has shown real economic leadership with the launch of our Community Wealth Building strategy in May – the first of its kind in Scotland which sets out a new economic model.”

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