Out­door cen­tre plea

Have a say in on­line sur­vey

The Galloway News - - ROCKS AND WHEELS - Stephen Nor­ris

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

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