In good heart

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

Heart of Gal­loway Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in Cas­tle Dou­glas has wel­comed more than 7,000 peo­ple since it opened on May 25, ac­cord­ing to lat­est fig­ures.

A break­down of monthly to­tals show around 1,700 peo­ple came through the doors in June, 2,200 in July and 2,800 in Au­gust.

The im­pres­sive find­ings come as Cas­tle Dou­glas De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum pre­pares a bid to as­sume own­er­ship of the build­ing from Visit Scot­land.

Chair­per­son Sarah–Jane All­sopp said: “We are now in the for­mal stages of propos­ing a com­mu­nity as­set trans­fer of the build­ing. Our aim is for it to re­main per­ma­nently within the hands of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Any­one wish­ing to help our bid can pledge their sup­port by pop­ping in to the cen­tre and com­plet­ing a com­mu­nity sup­port dec­la­ra­tion form.

“We need as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to reg­is­ter their sup­port so that we can present a strong case to Visit Scot­land dur­ing our ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

The cen­tre pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and a shop win­dow for 40 small ar­ti­san art, craft and food pro­duc­ers. New ser­vices – in­clud­ing be­ing a box of­fice for the lo­cal the­atre and other groups – have also proved pop­u­lar.

Ms All­sopp added: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the ini­tial suc­cess of the Heart of Gal­loway. Vis­i­tors and the lo­cal com­mu­nity have been over­whelm­ingly sup­port­ive of the pro­ject.”

Thumbs up Sarah-Jane All­sop, Yvonne Grant and Moira Hal­i­day at the cen­tre

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