Plans to cre­ate 2,000 jobs

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

A new mile­stone is ex­pected in the com­ing months for plans to breathe new life into the Chapel­cross site and cre­ate up to 2,000“high qual­ity” jobs.

As part of the de­vel­op­ment of the CX Strate­gic Out­line Busi­ness Case, a pro­gramme man­date is be­ing drawn up, and is ex­pected to be pre­sented to the re­gion’s coun­cil­lors for approval late sum­mer.

Mem­bers of the Chapel­cross Joint Co-or­di­na­tion Group – whose chair­man is Dum­friesshire MP David Mun­dell and in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil and Scot­tish Enterprise met at the for­mer nu­clear power site for a progress meet­ing and to tour the po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment area.

It comes weeks af­ter the first key mile­stone was achieved when con­di­tional fund­ing of £15.3M was awarded by UK Gov­ern­ment and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment for the plans as part of the Bor­der­lands In­clu­sive Growth Deal.

Coun­cil­lor Archie Dry­burgh, chair­man of the econ­omy com­mit­tee, said those in­volved in the CX Project were “pleased” to re­ceive en­dorse­ment of the out­line busi­ness case from the UK Gov­ern­ment and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment last month.

He added: “This is a key site within Dum­fries and Gal­loway and is of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance. With the wel­come fund­ing through the Bor­der­lands In­clu­sive growth Deal the CX Project will be able to at­tract sub­stan­tial new in­ward in­vest­ment.This will be trans­for­ma­tional for the eco­nomic growth of our re­gion.

“We would wel­come en­quiries from in­ter­ested com­pa­nies and in­vestors. There is no other site of equiv­a­lent scale or with sim­i­lar qual­i­ties in terms of in­fra­struc­ture in the area and op­por­tu­ni­ties should be taken early on to se­cure fu­ture po­ten­tial.”

Site meet­ing Look­ing to se­cure the next mile­stone for the Chapel­cross Project are: Coun­cil­lor Sean Mar­shall: Coun­cil­lor Archie Dry­burgh, Dum­friesshire MP David Mun­dell; project lead for Chapel­cross, Mark Ful­ton, Scot­tish Enterprise’s David Ren­nie, and Ewan McDon­ald of Mag­nox.

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