September 2017


Welcome to the first edition of the Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative Newsletter.  As a registered member or individual who has signed up via our website, we will use this newsletter to keep you informed of current projects, news and press coverage as well as upcoming meetings and events.  If you do not wish to receive these newsletters, you can unsubscribe at anytime using the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

Old Showfield Update

The Freepress announced last week that 3B are on the verge of submitting their plans for the Old Showfield.  We are working on our response, but we would also urge everyone to consider the planning application and contact the Dumfries and Galloway Planning department, Wigtown Community Council and the press to ensure that the voices of Wigtown and Bladnoch residents are taken into account.

We will be publishing links to the planning application, once it is lodged and also contact details for the Galloway Gazette and Wigtownshire Freepress.

Bank of Scotland Progress

Following the successful public meeting where future uses for the bank building were discussed, we are now developing a strategy to take forward the ideas and deliver the best resource we can for the community.

Themes from the public meeting included:

  • desire for community facilities such as bank, click & collect depot, ATM;
  • affordable housing;
  • cheaper accommodation for visitors;
  • book museum,
  • indoor market place (year round version of Kist).
  • bank building to support and promote local businesses, like a co-operative;
  • workshop space;
  • renewable energy sources incorporated;
  • community use of the garden.

In the meantime we need to ensure that we have sufficient signatures of support and we would be grateful if you could pass the word around.  Residents of Wigtown and Bladnoch can sign up to show their support at either the Beltie Books and Café or Machars Action.

We have contacted the Bank of Scotland to discuss when the building will be marketed and they have confirmed that they expect it to go on the market in October.

Housing Needs in Wigtown and Bladnoch

We are working with the D&G Small Communities Housing Trust to obtain funding to support a feasibility study to look at the future housing needs across Wigtown and Bladnoch.

The aim of this study will be to consider the housing requirements to support the community demographic, an ageing population trend, affordable housing for young people and support for independent living.

More details in our next newsletter.

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