Stirling is unique.
A diverse mix of historic and modern, urban and rural. But what if we could make it even better - a vibrant and thriving city and region to rival the best in the world?
That's the vision behind an ambitious programme of change designed to secure a City Deal for Stirling that will re-energise the area's economy for generations to come.
Competition for City Deals is fierce, so a Stirling Pledge has been created to let everyone show their support for Stirling's bid. You can sign Stirling's Pledge by clicking the link below.
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Stirling's plans have been drawn up over the last 18 months after extensive consultation involving local people, elected members, national agencies, all types of business, The University of Stirling, Forth Valley College, and the Stirling City Commission. They centre around key projects designed to unlock Stirling's full potential and position it as an economic and cultural powerhouse.
What we'll deliver
The Harbour includes a National Tartan Centre, a centre for third sector innovation, community access to co-located public sector organisations through a shared Civic Space, external performance and events through a bespoke City Harbour Square and The Engine Shed – a unique centre for conservation skills and heritage excellence.
Combined with the River Project, The Harbour opens up the City Centre, re-emphasising its connectedness, accessibility and sense of destination.
This project would place Stirling at the forefront of digital innovation and enterprise nationally and internationally. A Digital Hub will provide a dynamic, inspiring and collaborative space where businesses and students come together to create and innovate – helping produce sustainable economic growth and opportunities for all across the city.
This will address the shortage of space in the city for incubating and developing the small to medium sized enterprise (SME) sector by providing new space for established businesses to develop.
This will create a must-see destination to attract, retain and direct residents and visitors to and throughout the city, connecting with the Back Walk and City Centre. This will be the most distinctive park in Scotland with a significant setting below Stirling Castle.
The relationship between the city of Stirling and its surrounding rural communities will be improved through enhanced digital connections to schools, enhanced bus corridors into Stirling combined with sustainable fuel stations for buses to support greener transport options, and the completion of a new cycle route from Doune to Callander.
The regeneration of Mercat Cross at the ‘top of the town’ would revitalise this geographically and strategically important area of the city, through initiatives like a City Market, increased permanent and temporary commercial space and a Cultural Quarter.
This project would bring the River Forth back into the heart of Stirling life as a major driver of Stirling’s economic, cultural and social prosperity. The key elements include the development of a river taxi network, expansion and enhancement of pedestrian and cycle paths, development of the peninsulas and associated riverbanks and a new tidal feature to allow water levels and water quality to be controlled.
Skills and employment
Increasing productivity and creating jobs for those who are furthest from the labour market, supporting better health and well-being across Stirling. We aim to generate the talent pool that is needed to attract and retain existing and new business in Stirling through providing open access for talent development with pathways across the education spectrum. With partners we aim to pursue sustainable, inclusive growth and act as an exemplar of social justice.