I am delighted to be able to follow-up my post of 9th March with the news that the Chancellor has today announced in his Budget Speech that formal negotiations will begin on the City Region Deal for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

I must take the opportunity to put on record my appreciation of all those from both Councils and our partners who have put in so much effort to get us to this position.  Of course, the hard work now begins.

I am very much looking forward to joining Jim Savege in working with our colleagues in the City and Shire, in the public and private sectors and in the UK and Scottish Governments to ensure that the negotiations are successfully concluded for the people we serve across the North East.

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Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council. All views are my own.