Nine months on, and we’re yet to see evidence of the promised job creation from the establishment of a National Centre for Resilience (NCR) in Dumfries. That’s the message from Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Dumfries & Galloway Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson.
The Scottish Government announced their commitment to establish the NCR at the Crichton, Dumfries on 14 August 2014.
At general questions on 2nd October 2014, Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray asked the then Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse MSP what discussions were taking place with the Council to take the project forward and which stage of the four stage process for establishing the centre had been reached. Mr Wheelhouse advised that initial project meetings were taking place later that month and that the Scottish Funding Council were looking at, and consulting on, the research opportunities. He also advised that the NCR would be up and running as early as possible in 2015-16.
Elaine Murray MSP has now written to the current Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Eileen McLeod MSP to determine the progress of the NCR.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“It is unclear what progress has been made with the National Centre for Resilience. The Scottish Government have previously said that the NCR would be up and running in the Crichton by now, and with that, the jobs created to compensate for the axing of 46 police and fire control room positions in the town. However, there is no sign of the NCR at the Crichton or any new posts being created. It really is a mystery. I was delighted when the Scottish Government made a promise to establish the NCR 9 months ago. They now need to ensure they stick to that promise and show the people of this region they are happy to deliver a fair show of Government funded posts.”
Leader of Dumfries & Galloway Council, Ronnie Nicholson added:
“I welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government last year about the establishment of the National Centre for Resilience. It was the first sign of promise that the Scottish Government was willing to create jobs in Dumfries & Galloway, out with the central belt. This Council have given a commitment to work with the Scottish Government to make the NCR happen, and bring these new jobs to our region. However, unfortunately no progress seems to have been made on the NCR and the Scottish Government have fallen silent on the exact location of the NCR, timescale for the establishment and exact number of jobs created. Dumfries & Galloway Council are committed to working in partnership with the Scottish Government in order to create local jobs. It’s time for the Scottish Government to show the same commitment and stick to their promise.”