£30 Million 3 Year Budget Plan To Be Discussed For Region’s Infrastructure

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities committee [17 September 2017] will consider a report on its Infrastructure Capital Programme 2019/20.

The Council agreed its capital budget for 2019/20 to 2021/22 in February 2019, with an indicative 10-year Capital Investment Strategy. The agreed funding allocations for the Infrastructure Asset Class are:
• 2019/20 £10.07m
• 2020/21 ££9.5m
• 2021/22 £9.5m

An additional £0.5m was allocated for planned structural overlays on roads for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

The Infrastructure Capital Programme 2019/20 includes:
• Carriageway surface dressing
• Carriageway resurfacing
• Carriageway strengthening
• Carriageway drainage
• Planned structural overlays [eliminating defects by surfacing short sections of carriageway, up to around 400m]
• Footways
• Forestry routes – this year, the Council was successful in 3 bids to the Strategic Timber Transport Fund resulting in £231,841 being awarded, enabling upgrades to local roads to accommodate increased forestry extraction.
• Car Parks – including Lockerbie Station
• Structures – including Carruthers Bridge [C61a], Langholm Suspension Footbridge, Wauchope Bridge [B7068a], Lamford Culvert [A713s]
• Harbours – seeking European Maritime Fisheries Fund contribution for Port William Harbour and Kirkcudbright Marina
• Coastal Infrastructure – Dyemill coastal protection, Drummore coastal road
• Flood Risk Management – Spoutwells [Stranraer], Carsphairn
• Street Lighting
• Intelligent Transport Systems
• Road Safety Programme
• Speed Limits and Traffic Calming
• Active Travel Programme

Councillor Andy Ferguson, chair of the Communities committee, said: “Over the next 3 years our Council is committed to spending more than £30m on projects to improve and maintain the region’s infrastructure, including roads. This expenditure is vital for local people, local communities, and the local economy.”
Councillor John Martin, vice-chair, said: “Improved travel links, roads maintenance, improved road safety, bridge repairs and appropriate parking facilities are key issues for this region if it is to be a place where people want to live, work and carry out business. Our capital programme for infrastructure is an essential contributor to this.”
See report: https://dumfriesgalloway.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=148&MId=4503

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