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Frustration after Council misses out on Stranraer funding

Dumfries and Galloway Council is confident the regeneration of Stranraer town centre will go ahead, despite missing out on funding.

Bids were made to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Historic Scotland, for grants to help the £3.5 million project.

But the high level of competition for the funds means the council has been invited to resubmit its application in August.

The council remains committed to spending £1 million on the regeneration.

"It’s very frustrating that funding has not been approved at this stage due to the sheer number of applications and the competitive nature of the process.

"However, the HLF Scotland team supported our application and both they and Historic Scotland recognise the proposed improvements as an excellent project.

"The Council has been encouraged to resubmit our applications by HLF and Historic Scotland, so we will continue to try to secure external funding.

"However, I’m very clear that even if we do not secure that funding, the £1 million set aside for regenerating Stranraer town centre will remain in place to spend in the town centre to improve key buildings”

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Carlisle Cathedral's Fratry Project is back on track

Carlisle Cathedral Credit: ITV Border

Plans to create a multi-million pound heritage teaching and learning centre at Carlisle Cathedral are back on track.

The Heritage Lottery Funding has confirmed initial funding of £81,000 for its plans to develop world-class facilities in the Fratry building inside the Cathedral precinct.

This grant means work can now take place to complete a new building design, and should lead to a second grant application of £1.8 million from the HLF within two years.

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Galloway museum receives vital funding boost

A museum and visitor centre in Galloway threatened with closure has received vital funds to secure it's future.

The Whithorn Trust looked like it would have to close at the end of last year, but now £39,000 worth of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has ensured it's survival, and allowed for the visitor centre to re-open.

Full Report: Million pound boost for Wilton Lodge Park

It's been described as one of the most picturesque parks anywhere in the country, and now Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick is getting a multi million pounds makeover.

Thanks mostly to a national lottery grant, just under three and a half million pounds is due to be spent on improving the park.

But the work can't begin until the local council find their own share of the funding.

Watch the full report from John Bevir below.

Improvement works will begin in 2013

The historic Gilbert Davidson Fountain which will be renovated Credit: ITV Border

Wilton Park Lodge, in Hawick, has received a grant of more than £2.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve and restore the park.

The park attracts almost a quarter of a million visitors annually, and it's hoped that the improvements will help increase visitor trade to the park and the town.

Initial improvements proposals include restoring the bandstand and fountain, and introducing a new play park, café and footbridge.

The Hawick Museum will also be refurbished as part of the new scheme

Keith Johnston, Secretary of Friends of Wilton Lodge Park and Cllr David Paterson Credit: ITV Border

Keith Johnston from Friends of Wilton Lodge Park said:

"We are delighted that we have been an integral part of this successful project and look forward to work starting in 2013 to improve the park."


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