Council#s legacy plan

Members of the Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee will hear on Tuesday of the progress of the local authority’s legacy plan – Dumfries and Galloway Welcomes 2014.

The plan, operating under four main themes (Active, Connected, Flourishing and Sustainable) and a series of main events have taken place, or are scheduled to run in the calendar year of 2014. EventScotland have funded four main events for the year of Legacy, namely The Big Burns Supper, the World Curling Mixed Doubles and Seniors Championships, the Wickerman Festival and Wigtown Book Festival. The support of EventScotland with these events signifies the importance of cultural events within the region and shows the diversity of activities taking place in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through the region on Thursday 19 June and is a fundamental part of the Legacy Plan. Community groups have been established in each of the four areas of the region and activities are planned throughout the day in each area as the Baton goes from East to West of the region. The Community are being encouraged to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay day by signing up to national programmes, spectating as the Baton passes their area or signing up as a Steward to ensure the safe passage of the Baton.

Schools are getting involved thanks to a Legacy schools planner being created, and through regular correspondence aimed specifically at schools. There are curricular programmes linked to the commonwealth being worked on by schools in our region.

A Dumfries and Galloway Golf Partnership has been created to attract visitors to our region to play one some of our 24 golf clubs, and raise awareness of the excellent golfing environment that we have in the region. As well as the clubs signing up, over 20 accommodation outlets have signed up, and thanks to the support from key partners, the Dumfries and Galloway Golf Pass will be sure to attract golfers to Dumfries and Galloway in this year of Legacy, and the year where the Ryder Cup comes to Scotland.

The London Showcase offers Dumfries and Galloway the chance to promote itself to an affluent group of consumers. Over 20 local artists will be involved in an exhibition inspired by Spring Fling and will run in the James Harvey Gallery of British Art.

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chairman of Community and Customer Services Committee said of the Legacy Plan update; “It is excellent to see so much happening to drive forward Legacy in Dumfries and Galloway. From golf passes and dance displays to art exhibitions, there seems to be something for everyone to get involved in as part of our Legacy Plan. I welcome the progress that has been made to date and look forward to our region showcasing what it has to offer in relation to Legacy.”