In­for­ma­tion cen­tre well re­ceived

The Galloway News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE -

The new com­mu­nity-run Heart of Gal­loway vis­i­tor cen­tre in Cas­tle Douglas is off to a fly­ing start, ac­cord­ing to its man­age­ment team.

The for­mer tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre on Mar­ket Hill closed last Oc­to­ber and re­opened in its new guise on May 25.

And since then its dual of­fer­ing of vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion and lo­cally pro­duced gifts and foods has proved a big hit.

Cas­tle Douglas De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum (CDDF) has taken over the build­ing, which it is ac­quir­ing from VisitS­cot­land.

Chair­per­son Sarah-Jane All­sopp sus­pected the new cen­tre would be pop­u­lar – but ad­mits to be­ing blown away by the de­mand.

She said: “The cen­tre has been very well re­ceived and has ex­ceeded our expectations.

“Peo­ple have been say­ing it’s lovely to have it open again and be­ing taken over by the com­mu­nity.”

Ms All­sop was un­able to say how many cus­tomers had come through the doors as only ap­prox­i­mate writ­ten records had been kept. An elec­tronic counter was un­der order to ac­cu­rately mea­sure vis­i­tor flow and num­bers, she said.

Present vol­un­teer ro­tas per­mit­ting, the cen­tre cur­rently opens from 9.30am to 5pm, and closes on Wed­nes­days and Sun­days

Ms All­sopp added; “We are re­cruit­ing for more vol­un­teers and will be in­duct­ing an­other three next week. It’s an on­go­ing process.

CDDF is col­lab­o­rat­ing with Gal­loway Glens to co- or­di­nate vis­i­tor ser­vices. Any­one wish­ing to vol­un­teer can con­tact heartof­gal­ or call into the vis­i­tor cen­tre.

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