Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Upper and Mid Nithsdale Councillor John Syme have welcomed the awarding of funds totalling £31495 to community projects across Kirkconnel and Kelloholm.
The money comes from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s (CRT) Coalfields Community Futures Programme which invests in community programmes and projects for those people living in coalfield communities. A number of projects have received funding including the Kirkconnel Bowling Club, Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Children’s Gala and Kello Rovers Football Club.
Dr Murray has put down a motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming the fresh funding and thanking the Coal Field Regeneration Trust for its support.
Dr Murray said:
“I am happy to see so many projects in Kirckconnel and Kelloholm are receiving funding. I am especially delighted to see that the Kello Rovers Football Club is to receive funding which will go towards drainage renewal for Nithsdale Park. I know that they have had a lot of issues with the pitch and the wet winter has not helped things. This funding will help address that issue. Overall, I want to congratulate all the groups that have received funding.
Councillor Syme added:
“Last year, we applied through the Village Pride group to be included in CRT’S community futures programme and we are absolutely delighted to be selected.
“Apart from the grants, a big part of the support from this programme is the production of a five year action plan created with the community through surveys and stakeholder interviews. A steering group has been set up to oversee the plan which will be publicly launched at the miners memorial centre in Kirkconnel on the 9th May.”