Kirkcudbright Charter plans finally approved

Plans to transform the use of Kirkcudbright’s community buildings have been approved and funding to help them along confirmed by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The council’s Community and Customer Services Committee agreed to approve the business plan for the charter, as well as recommending to Policy and Resources Committee that the Council’s capital budget helps fund the project.

The committee also agreed to endorse a round two Heritage Lottery Fund application which it is hoped will result in a £1.6million cash injection.

The charter was developed by the Kirkcudbright Community Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council in 2012 and sets out proposals to, amongst other ventures, have a national gallery of recognition within the current town hall building complete with a secure gallery space to house high value exhibits, such as the Viking Hoard that was found in the region last year.

The revamped building will also house a café, open area for community use and mezzanine floor to increase exhibition capacity.

The gallery is estimated to bring in up to 40,000 visitors a year to the town, which should bring in in excess of £1million to the region’s economy.

Chair of the Community and Customer Services Committee, Councillor Tom McAughtrie said after the meeting: “The charter came about through a local need from the people of Kirkcudbright. This demonstrates that we are a listening council and that we’re committed to working with communities throughout Dumfries and Galloway.”

The report and design plans can be viewed on the council’s website.