Dynamically Different Dumfries workshops begin

Pupils from Loreburn Primary School were the headline act at the well-attended Welcome Webinar to introduce the Dynamically Different Dumfries Community Visioning and Action Plan project to the wider community.

Council Leader and local ward member, Cllr Elaine Murray, also presented. Almost 100 people tuned in and hundreds more have since clicked on the Dumfries Partnership Action Group Facebook recording of the session to hear what it’s all about, why it’s happening and how to get involved.

Dynamically Different Dumfries is a local initiative to reinvent/repurpose Dumfries, and the P6 pupils designed the project logo, working alongside Dumfries Academy pupils who invented the name.

Children and young people have also come up with some great ideas for the town themselves, such as the creation of more sheltered public and learning spaces, making more of the riverside area and using vacant shop premises as family and entertainment facilities. Check out the window of ‘The Smithy’ on the High Street to see their poster ideas.

Julia Frost from PAS says: “We are very excited to be working with the people of Dumfries and listening to their views. Together, we can come up with a Vision and Action Plan for the town’s future which builds on all previous and current plans.

“We’re inviting everyone to join focussed workshops this month from 4-6pm or 7-9pm: Wed 17 Feb – Movement and Transport; Wed 24 Feb – Homes and Community; Wed 3 March – Green Space and Public Space.”

All workshops will run in the afternoon and repeated in the evening. Select one to attend by registering at: http://dynamicdumfries.eventbrite.co.uk.

In addition to the online webinar and workshop, there are other ways to get involved:

• Visiting the Smithy on the High Street to see children’s posters.

• Viewing the interactive project boards soon available on the www.LoveDumfries.co.uk website.

• Submitting comments by post, email or phone, to Julia Frost (julia@pas.co.uk, PAS, 11/2C Tweeddale Court, 14 High Street, EDINBURGH, EH1 1TE 07949 720983).

There will also be other ways to get involved when the easing of restrictions allows. Look out for updates.