Council £44m investment

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Policy and Resources committee (15 September 2016) will consider progress on its capital investment strategy 2016/17 that will see almost £44m of investment across Dumfries and Galloway.

The Council set the strategic direction for developing its capital investment programme by agreeing high level funding allocations to a range of corporate priority projects.

This year’s capital programme represents a significant level of additional investment beyond levels seen in previous years as the Council undertakes a number of key projects, including developing its school estate, improved broadband, Kirkcudbright Art gallery and a range of regeneration projects.

Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson, chairman of the Policy and Resources committee, said: “This Council’s capital programme has normally been around £30m a year. Despite funding cuts imposed by the Scottish Government, our Council Administration’s programme this year proposes to invest more than £44m on projects across Dumfries and Galloway from new schools to regenerating our town centres.

“The start of the learning town project will see nearly £15m alone invested in beginning the work refurbishing St Joseph’s College and on building the new North West Learning campus and Education Hub. Over £9m alone will be invested in infrastructure such as local road improvements and we will take forward major flood prevention schemes.

“This significant level of investment demonstrates the ambition of our programme and our commitment to invest in our economy, infrastructure and people.

“Not only will we significantly improve facilities locally but we will deliver work for local contractors and other businesses and employment in the region helping to boost the local economy.”