Mid and Upper-Nithsdale Councillor Jim Dempster have welcomed the announcement that Dumfries and Galloway Council is to form a partnership with the Scottish Mining Restoration Trust, Glenmuckloch Restoration Company, and Hargreaves Mining Services plc to provide a community energy park.
The decision was made at today’s (Tuesday 18 March 2014) meeting of the council’s Policy and Resource Committee. It will see the council contribute £50,000 towards the set up costs. The partnership is proposing to establish a small scale community energy project, involving Sanquhar Academy and providing support for community projects.
Mid and Upper-Nithsdale Councillor Jim Dempster said:
“I am sure local people will join me in welcoming this announcement. This fresh funding from the council offers fresh opportunities to local young people. The restoration project has created around 50 jobs so far and by establishing a business school at Sanquhar Academy, this project will help secure the local economy for the future as it will give local young people real business experience that will benefit them in the long term as they can use this experience to get a job or create a business.”