Planning approved for new play equipment at Douglas Park

Friday 18th September'The Hut cheque pres. pictured are David Inglis (vice/chair Newton Stewart Initiative), Helen Turner (Assistant Director, The Holywood Trust), Andrew Robbins (Treasurer Newton Stewart Initiative),Katie Nizette (Min: Secretary), David Mitchinson (Funding Convenor),Ben Askew, Margaret Munro, Isabel Milroy
Friday 18th September'The Hut cheque pres. pictured are David Inglis (vice/chair Newton Stewart Initiative), Helen Turner (Assistant Director, The Holywood Trust), Andrew Robbins (Treasurer Newton Stewart Initiative),Katie Nizette (Min: Secretary), David Mitchinson (Funding Convenor),Ben Askew, Margaret Munro, Isabel Milroy

This month’s Newton Stewart Initiative meeting revealed the planning application for a new football pitch and BMX track in Douglas Park has been approved.

The exciting project plans to form a seven-a-side football pitch alongside a BMX/mountain bike track.

There will also be the installation of additional play equipment and parking.

A spokesperson from NSI has said: “There are very strict stipulations to the approval, with the installation of the ten car parking spaces to be the first phase of the project which has resulted in a re-schedule of the work and means that funds for this first phase has now to be raised.

“The decision therefore was made to recruit a Quantity Surveyor to manage the works end to end and NSI is currently seeking quotations from QS companies.”

In addition to the Planning approval, NSI are delighted to have been awarded further grant aid from the Holywood Trust.

The sum of £40,000.00 has been secured towards the provision of a BMX track and the football pitch elements of the project.

Robert Barr Foundation has also kindly donated £10,000.00 which is also to be spent on the project.

With more good news it was also announced that NSI have secured a second award from Holywood Trust.

The Hut project, now renamed The Newton Stewart Centre, will benefit from a grant of £10,000.00 which will enable the Initiative to bring the building back into use for local clubs as well as the Newton Stewart Youth Group.

Local companies are being selected to undertake the substantial upgrade which will include making the premises wheelchair friendly.

A spokesperson said: “NSI hope to attract other community groups in the area to use the building, and the initial feedback has been very positive.”

The committee welcomed Megan Richardson of Brookfield Renewables UK, formally PNE Wind Farms, to the meeting who gave a very interesting, clear and precise overview of the Shennanton Wind Farm, and what the company does as a whole.

They have been working on the Shennanton WindFarm for past two years, with regular meetings within the communities.

Just north of Kirkcowan, it will have 12 turbines, each with a power output of 2.5 megawatts; and a total installed capacity of 30 megawatts.

Planning Application was submitted in Feb ‘15 to D&G Council with an expected decision by end of December 2015/begin of January 2016.

Should consent be granted, BRUK look to contribute £5000 per megawatt of installed capacity into the Community Fund for the lifetime of the project.

BRUK is seeking to establish a Shennanton Wind Farm Community Fund, which would distribute the funds associated with the wind farm, equally between the areas of Wigtownshire, Cree Valley and Kirkcowan Community Council.

Andrew Robbins, Treasurer reported that nearly £300.00 was raised in sponsors by our Chair, Susan and our Secretary’s daughters, Stephanie & Jessica Hunter, who completed the recent NS 10K and Santa Dash event.

They would like to say thank you to everyone who sponsored them.

Bank of Scotland funds from the old Community Centre has still not materialised although the hope is that these funds should come through this month.

Funding was secured with the help of Galloway Association of Glasgow for two new notice boards which are currently being built by JJM Joinery.

The materials are being donated from Rembrand Timber Ltd. & Jewson Ltd.

One will be installed on the Old Town Hall Clock Tower once it has been repainted, with the second one installed at Riverside Carpark public toilets.

These will be used to showcase local events.

Any group who would like to talk to the Newton Stewart Initiative about using the newfacilities mentioned above should get in touch via e:mail - newtonstewartinitiative@gmail.com or direct with any of the members.