Council to spend £2.074m on land assets across region

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAYS Council’s Communities committee [17 September 2019] will consider a report on the progress the Council’s Capital Investment Strategy 2019/20.

The agreed funding allocation for land assets is £2.074m, broken down as:
• Burial grounds maintenance/development £359,000
• Parks/gardens/allotments/amenity space £254,000
• Play areas/playing fields £124,000
• Regional Playpark Fund £500,000
• All-inclusive playparks £854,000
• Sports pitches £35,000
• Over-commitment in programme [£52,000]

Projects include:
• Mercat Cross, Wigtown – work starting October 2019
• New Dumfries Cemetery – full site landscaping proposal currently being done – followed by planning application
• Earl of Galloway Monument – listed building consent to be sought in October/November 2019
• Beechgrove Tennis Courts, Moffat – resurfacing of 6 courts and installation of floodlighting completed
• Inclusive Playparks – works at Stair Park, Stranraer; Douglas Park, Newton Stewart; Market Hill, Castle Douglas; Kirkland Drive, Kelloholm; Catherine Street, Dumfries; Weyroc Play Area, Annan; McJerrow Park, Lockerbie

Councillor Andy Ferguson, chair of the Communities committee, said: “With £2.074m to spend, the Land Asset investments from our Council’s Capital Investment Strategy deliver a significant impact across our region, improving local assets and wellbeing.”
Councillor John Martin, vice-chair, said: “This funding makes a major positive impact in our region, enabling us to maintain physical assets and deliver significant and much needed new projects.”
See report: https://dumfriesgalloway.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=148&MId=4503

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