Outdoor centre plea
Have a say in online survey
A project to revitalise Dalbeattie’s economy through a new outdoor pursuits centre has launched its website.
The Rocks and Wheels scheme gathered hundreds of responses at open days last month.
But now Dalbeattie Community Initiative has put the full proposal online to boost support even further.
Project officer David McMillan said: “We need to make the public as aware as possible about our plans.
“It’s a chance for people to understand what the opportunities are. All the documents we have produced about the project are fully accessible online.
“We would ask as many people as possible to do the survey on our home page.”
Under the scheme the old primary school and its grounds would be turned into a biking and bouldering complex.
Amenities would include a BMX pump track, indoor climbing, training classrooms and meeting space. Community workshops and accommodation for up to 100 people are also envisaged. The scheme would link with the 7stanes biking trails nearby.
Mr McMillan said: “We are going into the high school in January to speak to senior students in small groups about our project. It can be quite difficult getting young people involved but getting their views is especially important.”
The DCI plans to have the feasibility study done by the end of January. Mr McMillan added: “We will then develop a business plan based on those costs to ensure the project stands up as a commercial venture. This is a long-term proposal and we aim to make it work for the long-term.
“The community will own it through Dalbeattie Community Initiative. The point of community engagement is to make sure we are getting it right.”
For the project to take off the DCI would have to secure the buildings and land from the council through an asset transfer.
The survey can be accessed at https://www. rocksandwheels.org/ and at the DCI at 71 High Street.
Community engagement Project officer David McMillan