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“Leith 'prime candidate' to become 'greenport' as Scottish Government announces”

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  1. Morningsider
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    Worth pointing out that these are not the first freeports in Scotland. The Thatcher Government designated Prestwick Airport as a freeport in 1984. The designation eventually lapsed in 2011. As far as I am aware, no-one has ever claimed it created a single new job.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. gembo
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    As someone who went to school in a Prestwick, @morningsider you is correct.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. LaidBack
    Member

    Ferry port of Rosyth is in zone so can't be discouragement for new ferry surely?
    Then again the EU already has enough freeports and business more likely to congregate closer to the Eurozone in England.
    Personally I'm against but to refuse them would be used by overwhelmingly negative media here.
    With the many charges and barriers to bringing in bike pallets from relatively close locations in Europe I wonder if LB could get a corner of a warehouse? They said as it's green there must be a proven net-zero benefit. Cargobikes easily meet that and will help offset the additional flights into the airport also in the zone (joking of course but would be funny if that was the kind of thing they wanted.)
    Whatever happens a few jobs will be created on a management team commissioning logos, signage, brochures and social media followed by an enquiry when it goes wrong. At least we can rely on that. :-)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. chdot
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  5. chdot
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    More guesstimate hype -

    Backed by up to £52 million in UK Government funding, the new sites are expected to bring forward an estimated £10.8 billion of private and public investment and create over 75,000 new, high-skilled jobs.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/joint-cooperation-to-deliver-two-new-green-freeports-in-firth-of-forth-and-inverness-and-cromarty-firth

    Has anyone any understanding about the talk/scare stories about Freeport zones being much wider than industrial/port areas?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. chdot
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  7. chdot
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    There have been questions over the integrity of the decision-making process, in particular around the success of the Forth bid

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/23332445.uk-scottish-governments-may-face-legal-action-scots-freeports/

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. chdot
    Admin

    Is anyone following all this?

    How do we find out if our homes are inside these new Freeport’s areas? Most of Edinburgh will be but so far v little published journalistic curiosity.

    https://twitter.com/sjksanders/status/1770012570600038735

    Posted 4 months ago #
  9. LaidBack
    Member

    Are Edinburgh Airport and Burntisland customs sites then?

    Does this mean the whole Forth Zone is going back to EU with border checks on the city by-pass?

    Should create lots of chaos and admin! Surely putting whole of Scotland as a Freeport would be easier?

    Posted 4 months ago #
  10. chdot
    Admin

    ?

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    That’s the point

    Questions

    That few people seem to be asking

    And fewer know the answers

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    Posted 4 months ago #
  11. Yodhrin
    Member

    I had been looking quite firmly at West Lothian as a place to buy a house this year, but honestly reading up on this cackshow I'm starting to think East Lothian or Stirling might be a better choice.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  12. LaidBack
    Member

    The National has been out in Rosyth chatting with locals.

    They ken it's all flim flam! :-)

    https://youtu.be/ejJL9Y86a-k?si=Nq36KEqQVtb5srzK

    Paper has been looking at both Forth and Cromarty 'Green Freeports'.
    Some big job successes so far with well paid CEOs and PR consultants.
    ScotGov will end up paying wealthy Japanese company to come here as compensation for not being in EU.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  13. chdot
    Admin

    On 22 May 2024, a Statutory Instrument was laid to designate tax sites for the Green Freeport Relief in relation to the Forth Green Freeport.

    Read more on our website.

    https://revenue.scot/news-publications/news/designation-forth-green-freeport-tax-sites

    https://x.com/RevenueScotland/status/1798731970564002240

    Posted 1 month ago #

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