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New life line for rural villages in D&G

Efforts are underway to breathe new life into a part of Dumfries and Galloway that has been crying out for regeneration.

Kirkconnel and Kelloholm were once thriving mining villages, but have been in decline for many years.

Now, the community is working together on a new action plan to create jobs, and give people a reason to stay.

Lori Carnochan has been to meet some of them.

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Community plan is 'for the future'

"I've got three kids and they all work away from the area to get decent employment so it's for the future. It's absolutely vital that we keep our primary school, that's the hub of the village but we'd like to create employment for the future generations and also it's really important for the elderly as well.

– Cllr John Syme, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Communities come together in Kirkconnel and Kelloholm

Efforts are underway to breathe new life into a part of Dumfries and Galloway that has been crying out for regeneration.

Kirkconnel and Kelloholm were once thriving mining villages, but have been in decline for many years.

Now, the community is working together on a new action plan to create jobs, and give people a reason to stay.

Mining history unveiled at Day of the Region

Children gather for the unveiling of a piece of mining heritage Credit: ITV News
The wheel represents the area's heritage and mining culture Credit: ITV News
A piece of Kirkconnel's history was looked upon by its future generations Credit: ITV News
Balloons were released at the Day of the Region in Dumfries and Galloway Credit: ITV News

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Day of the Region launched in D&G

Dumfries and Galloway's 'Day of the Region' is being launched in the old mining town of Kirkconnel today.

A miner's wheel is being unveiled to mark the start of the project, which encourages communities to make the most of what's on their doorstep.

More than 250 events, funded by the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER project, will take place in ten communities on Saturday.

Full report: Milestone for mining in south of Scotland

A major restoration project has been launched at one of the biggest open cast coal mines in the south of Scotland.

Sixty jobs will be created as part of a project to landscape the mine near Kirkconnel and turn it into a renewable energy park.

The fate of the site was uncertain after the mining firm who used to operate it collapsed last year.

Kathryn Samson reports:

Glenmucklock open cast mine restoration begins

The Duke of Buccleuch with the Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing Credit: ITV News Border

The Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing is joining the Duke of Buccleuch to officially open a restoration project at the Glenmuckloch open cast mine in Dumfriesshire.

Work at the open cast mine in Kirkconnel was halted last year but has now resumed, and it is hopeful that the new project will help develop further energy provision schemes for Scotland.

A group of workers at the Glenmuckloch launch Credit: ITV News Border

The project will create 60 jobs during the restoration phase, which will include the creation of a lake and extensive forestation to enable carbon capture.

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