Dumfries and Galloway Councillors have welcomed the grant support for the Save Rosefield Mills project that was agreed upon by Full Council. In five short weeks Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust have led a campaign which has been successful in raising over £43,000. The funds raised and the Council grant will allow the Trust to purchase the site.
Last week a Project Loan Request was taken at a meeting of the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee and was rejected by Tory and SNP Councillors. However, this was re-called using Council Standing Orders where fourteen Councillors signed to take the item at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 29th of March 2018.
Speaking after the meeting, Labour Group Leader, Councillor Elaine Murray said, “I am delighted that a grant of £37,000 was agreed by Councillors at Full Council which will go towards the cost of purchasing Rosefield Mills.
The Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust are looking to purchase the buildings with the aspiration of development and bringing them back into use. I am fully supportive of the proposals and think it is important the Council backs this community group in taking their proposals forward.”
Local Councillor for Abbey Ward, Davie Stitt, also welcomed the grant of £37,000, “Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust have carried out a comprehensive consultation process which has shown the level of public support for the project. I hope the Trust are successful with their plans as this will play a huge role in helping to re-generate Dumfries.”
The motion that was agreed by Councillors also committed the Council to supporting the project going forward.