Johnston School – £140,000 grant from The Holywood Trust

Kirkcudbright Development Trust have been awarded £140,000 from The Holywood Trust to help with the redevelopment of the Johnston School.  This award follows hot on the heels of our Big Lottery Award bringing our total for the project to nearly £1,000,000.

Work continues to apply for further funding from other organisations in order that the School can be developed to its fullest potential.

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Silvercraigs Caravan Park now under KDT control

The Trust is now running Silvercraigs Caravan Park under a service level agreement with Dumfries & Galloway Council. It is hoped that the Park will be transferred to the Trust in autumn 2017. Colin Wyper and his team have made a huge difference to the park and the letters of complaint received by the Council in the past, have been replaced by complimentary letters of thanks. Buildings have been cleaned and painted and a huge clean up completed. Bookings are looking very promising for the rest of the year and a healthy final profit is forecast which will enable continued work improving the site in the winter months. It is hoped to improve the facilities at the existing pitches and increase the number of pitches available. Looking ahead it is thought that there is a growing market for camper vans and this will help extend the season. Colin has advertised in several national magazines and it is hoped that bookings will continue to increase.

Colin has set up a website at: Silvercraigs Caravan Park and booking can be done online. A video of the Caravan Park can be seen on You Tube Any surplus profits will be used on Development Trust projects for the benefit of the town

Johnston School Dark Skies Visitor Centre – £59,000 grant from Galloway Glens Project

Galloway Forest Park is one of the darkest places in the UK and has been awarded a Dark Sky Park designation, one of only four in the western world. Part of the development of the Johnston School will be a Dark Sky Visitor Centre open to the public promoting the park and all things astronomical. The Trust will work in partnership with the Dark Skies organisation to create a unique, educational and diverse venue which will encompass the magic of the Dark Skies yet deliver an educational outlet.

Discussions have taken place with The Glasgow Science Centre and they are very keen to work with us to develop the Visitor Centre. The planetarium at the Glasgow Science Centre is a memorable experience and we hope to incorporate some of the outstanding material into the Kirkcudbright Dark Skies experience. It is hoped we will be able to offer practical astronomy courses for schools, the community and visitors alike. The Barhill Woods offers an idealplace to hold outdoor courses and with shelter from the lights of the town, the Dark Skies can be superb.

Work is progressing with designers and architects. Now a large part of the funding has been secured planning permissions can be sought and Listed Building applications made. The Trust has been awarded £59,000 by the Galloway Glens Project towards the development of the Dark Skies Visitor Centre. This will hopefully encourage other funders to support the project.

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Barrhill Wood – £25,000 award

Discussions are progressing between the Kirkcudbright Development Trust and Dumfries & Galloway Council (D&G) and the Forestry Commission (FC) to enter into a joint management agreement to enable community management of the Barrhill Woods. The Barhill is a very important community asset for Kirkcudbright and it is important that the town has a say in its future.  If, as was proposed, the wood were commercially exploited it would ruin the iconic backdrop to the town. If Forestry Commission Scotland sold the wood for commercial use, large parts of the wood would be excluded from public access. If the wood can be brought into community management the wood can be maintained largely as it is for the benefit of all.

Several proposals have been put forward including an outdoor study centre, red squirrel/bird watching hide, improved paths, mountain biking area etc. An application has been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Galloway Glens Project to help finance the project and we are delighted to say we have been awarded a grant of £25,000 toward this project. Again, by getting a major funder on board will help the Trust find other funding sources. Plans have been drawn up for a small study centre and local businesses asked to provide quotations. Quotations have also been requested for the upgrade of existing paths and a new path through the centre of the wood. Discussions are continuing with the FCS and D&G Council to secure a management agreement. At a recent committee meeting Dumfries & Galloway Council have indicated that they are content to enter an agreement with the KDT subject to a competent business plan being completed.

We are looking to form a larger steering committee to develop ideas for the wood and if you would like to get involved with this project please contact Rob Asbridge at kbt.barhill@gmail.com

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Minutes of 2017 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Kirkcudbright Development Trust was held in the Cochran Hall on Monday 6th March 2017.

The minutes of the meeting can be found here.

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Minutes of 19th June 2017

The thirteenth meeting of Kirkcudbright Development Trust was held in the Selkirk Arms meeting rooms on 19th June 2017.

The minutes of the meeting can be found here.

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Minutes of 21st April 2017

The twelfth meeting of the Kirkcudbright Development Trust  was held in the County Buildings, Daar Road on Friday 21 April 2017 at 5.00pm.

The minutes of the meeting can be found here.

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Minutes of 6th March 2017

The eleventh meeting of Kirkcudbright Development Trust was held in the Selkirk Arms meeting rooms on 6th March 2017

The minutes of the meeting can be found here.

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