Renewables Bid

12th December 2011

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Duncan McNeil has called on the Scottish Government to assist Inverclyde’s bid for green manufacturing jobs.

On the back of poor unemployment figures across Scotland, the MSP quizzed Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing over plans to use Inchgreen dry dock as renewables manufacturing base.

He also asked the minister to consider Inverclyde as a possible enterprise area when they are announced in the New Year.

He said: “With unemployment increasing all over Scotland, we need to play to our strengths in Inverclyde and make the case for investment in our area.

“We have the skills and the infrastructure to play our part in the renewables industry but we will need support if we are to make it happen.

“The introduction of enterprise areas provides one opportunity to give us an edge in this market and I have asked the Scottish Government to consider Inverclyde.

“It is only fair that communities like ours which suffer disproportionately from the cuts receive the investment and support needed to tackle the scourge of unemployment.”