Village set to improve its look with people power

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Residents of Balmaclellan are to improve the centre of their village which at present looks quite forlorn with an area of derelict land and dilapidated buildings.

Balmaclellan Community Council has been awarded a grant by Big Lottery Fund to encourage community engagement, investigate the feasibility of ideas put forward and create sustainability.

Stewartry Council of Voluntary Service (SCVS) have been engaged and by the end of September a questionnaire will be sent to every household within the parish to find out the views of residents.

There will be public meetings for people to air their views and find out what others are thinking, and the children will also be consulted through the schools. The community would then be in a position to apply for further funding to develop these ideas which could include the development of the derelict land and dilapidated buildings in the village.

A charity to be known as Balmaclellan Regeneration will be set up to organise and administer the project and a website will give feedback.