Council agrees to Kirkcudbright cash

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Dumfries and Galloway Council has agreed to secure funding to allow for progression of the Kirkcdubright Charter.

At a meeting of the authority’s policy and resources committee on Tuesday, councillors heard that in order to meet Heritage Lottery funding requirements, the authority would have to find an additional £270,000.

The money will allow the charter – designed to secure the future of various community buildings in the town – to take a step forward when work can begin on plans for the town hall to be converted into an art gallery.

A council spokesperson said this week: “Last November, councillors agreed to support an allocation of up to £615,000 for the Art Gallery.

“Consequently, a Stage 1 Lottery Fund Application was submitted by the council. This bid was successful and the Heritage Lottery Fund gave initial support for a £934,900 bid with an initial development grant of £34,000.

“Further discussions have taken place with the Heritage Lottery Fund. They have indicated that, in order for the Stage 2 bid to be successful, the council will require to meet additional costs amounting to £270,000.”

Councillors were also told that officers are continuing to work with other external funding partners in order to secure additional funding towards the additional costs of around £270,000.