Plans to create 2,000 jobs
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.