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Funding awarded to the 'best' festivals in rural Scotland

Lockerbie Jazz Festival is set to get £6,000 of funding Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway's festivals and events are the "best in rural Scotland", according to its Council.

The claim accompanies its announcement of £339,000 of funding awards to major events projects.

This includes £45,000 being set aside to bring back the Tour of Britain to the region in September 2016.

Other recipients are as follows:

  • £65,000 Wigtown Book Festival
  • £65,000 Spring Fling
  • £6,000 to the Pipe Band Competition in Annan
  • £8,000 to The Eden Festival, Raehills
  • £12,000 to Electric Fields Festival, Drumlanrig Castle
  • £9,000 to the Galloway Hills Rally, the Stewartry
  • £4,000 to the International Musicians Platform,
  • £6,000 to the Lockerbie Jazz Festival, Lockerbie
  • £4,000 to the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
  • £9,000 to the Merrick Stages Rally, Wigtownshire
  • £8,000 to the Pack Up Your Troubles Festival, Gretna and Eastriggs,
  • £15,000 to International Sheep Dog Trials, Courance, near Lockerbie
  • £6,000 to the Trophy d’Ecosse, Dumfries Ice Bowl
  • £15,000 for World Championship Ice Hockey, Dumfries Ice Bowl
  • £19,000 to other projects

More strike action on Carlisle Settle rail line

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Staff employed on the Settle and Carlisle Railway are set to take two more days of strike action as part of an ongoing dispute over compulsory redundancies.

Those striking provide at-seat catering on Northern Rail services between Carlisle and Settle. They will walk out for 24 hours on both the 14 and 21 of February

The Partnership that runs the service has previously said it cannot agree to its employees demands as they would undermine the financial security of the not for profit organisation.

Delay to work on new Kelso High School

The start of building works for the new Kelso High School has been delayed by a European ruling.

Scottish Borders Council secured planning permission for the new school in October last year.

But European rules affecting some investment projects - including Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme - have put a halt on the £21.4 million project.

The Council says those involved are working to ensure a solution is found as soon as possible.


Executive recommends Copeland Budget

Copeland Borough Council’s Executive recommended the proposed budget for 2015/16 at their meeting last night.

The Council needs to make savings of £1.484 million, and proposals in the budget include plans to cut Council costs by sharing resources with other councils.

The budget report will now go before full council for approval as part of the Budget meeting on 26 February.

Dumfries and Galloway events to get funding

Lockerbie Jazz Festival is one of twelve festivals set to receive funding Credit: ITV Border

Twelve festivals in Dumfries and Galloway are set to receive £250,000 of events funding.

The money will come from the Council’s Major Events Strategic Fund, and Councillors will be asked to approve it at the Policy and Resources committee next week.

The festivals that could benefits from the funding are:

  • Pipe Bands Competition in Annan
  • Eden Fesitval
  • Electric Fields
  • Galloway Hills Rally
  • International Musicians Platform
  • Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
  • Lockerbie Jazz Festival
  • Merrick Stages Rally
  • Pack Up Your Troubles Festival
  • Sheep Dog Trials
  • Trophy D’Ecosse
  • World Championship Ice Hockey

The council says the money will help to deliver successful events and thus provide significant economic benefits for the local economy.

“Building the local economy is the number one priority of the Administration. As part of our budget, we have agreed a dedicated fund of £250,000 to support major events and festivals in our region.

"Over the past couple of years, Dumfries and Galloway has provided some top quality events. This funding will allow us to invest in even more money to grow and develop a wider variety of sporting and cultural events."

– Cllr Colin Smyth,Council Events Champion

Budget plans will 'change Dumfries and Galloway for the better'

The budget plans agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council will “change Dumfries and Galloway for the better” according to Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson.

The proposals agreed at Full Council today include a commitment to deliver Dumfries and Galloway’s first ever anti-poverty strategy, backed up by a £1m per year anti- poverty fund and proposals to work with the Council’s contractors to roll out the Living Wage across the region.

But opponents of the budget are concerned about the cuts to learning support included in the plans.

Fifty-two learning assistant jobs are set to go as part of an attempt to make £32 million worth of savings over the next three years.

The council says it has set aside £500,000 for a review of learning support services.

Council to cut learning support jobs

Parents of those who benefit from additional needs services expressed concern over the cuts when they were proposed Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway Council has approved its budget for 2015/16 to 2017/18.

It has decided to cut 52 learning support jobs in an effort to make savings of £32 million.

Parents throughout the county have expressed concern over these cuts, with the Scottish Children's Commissioner writing a letter yesterday that called for a delay to the decision.

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