Coastal communities to capitalise on Scottish Crown Estate money

Coastal communities across the region are set to receive funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council to start new projects in their area.

Members of the Ad Hoc COVID-19 sub committee will be asked to approve funding of more than £300,000 for these new initiatives.

Scottish Ministers agreed more than five years ago that 100% of the net revenue from the Scottish Crown Estate marine assets would be provided to local authorities for coastal community benefit.

The total funding for the whole of Scotland is more than £7million, with over £300,000 coming to Dumfries and Galloway – the seventh highest award in Scotland.

Information about the fund and invitations to apply were sent to all community councils, organisations and published on the council website. Applications were open for a total of 10 weeks and 42 applications were received.

Officers from across the region scored the applications. The projects were split into two pots – small projects with a value less than £5000 and large strategic projects with a value of £5000 and over.

Eighteen different projects from across the region have been recommended for an award from the available funds including:

• Portpatrick Community Development Trust – Portpatrick School Garden

• Raydale Community Partnership – Raydale Community Sports Hub

• Wigtownshire Stuff – Wigtownshire Wheels for All

• Annan Plan Park Steering Group – Inclusive Play Park and Pump Track

• Nith Catchment Fishery Trust – Nith Smolt Tracking Project

• Carsethorn Community Development Group – Carsethorn Sea Defences

Chair of the Communities Committee, Cllr Andy Ferguson, said “Our Council is committed to work with communities to help deliver projects for the benefit of local people. The quality of the applications was very high which demonstrates the commitment local people want to make to their local area. Our officers will now work with these successful groups on the delivery of the projects, all of which will assist our communities to recover from the impact of COVID-19.”

Vice Chair of the committee, Cllr John Martin, said “We’ve got a proven track record of working well with coastal communities in the region. The number of applications for this fund demonstrates the demand there is for community-based projects for tourism, social cohesion and environmental safe-guarding of our coastal towns and villages. I’m looking forward to receiving updates on the delivery of these projects.”