LOCAL COUNCILLORS WELCOME DOCK PARK GREEN FLAG SUCCESS
Nith Ward Labour Councillors Colin Smyth and John Martin have welcomed the news that the Dock Park in Dumfries has been award the coveted Green Flag Environmental Award.
The Park is one of a number across Scotland to receive the reward from the Keep Scotland Beautiful charity. The Parks are assessed on eight criteria, including whether the park or green space is welcoming, healthy, safe, clean and well-maintained. Successful parks also have to be sustainable, manage conservation and heritage, have community involvement, market themselves and have good management.
Welcoming the news local Councillor and Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Colin Smyth said, “This is a thoroughly deserved award for the Dock Park which has been totally transformed by the council as part of the wider regeneration of Dumfries. Importantly, one of the key reasons for the award was the decision by the council to put in place a regular maintenance regime to keep the park up to the high standard that has been created. You only have to visit Dock Park most days to see just how popular it is with local families and visitors alike who see it as a real jewel in the crown for Dumfries and we need to keep it that way”.
Fellow local Councillor John Martin said, “A lot of hard work by a lot of people has gone into the regeneration of this historic park and this is just reward for those efforts. It’s easy to forget that not long ago the park was in a pretty derelict state but several years of campaigning later, funding was secured and the park has a new lease of life. With staff based their permanently and regular events being lined it, I think the park will continue to go from strength to strength. Despite the transformation it’s important not to be complacent and we need to continue to look at improvements that are needed to the facilities for the benefit of the huge number of people who visit Dock Park on a regular basis”.