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Copeland mayor set to launch £1million scheme for local businesses

Businesses within town centres will be given priority Credit: ITV Border

The Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, is set to launch a £million regeneration scheme on Friday 21 July.

The will go towards Copeland's towns and villages with £500,000 towards regenerating business premises.

Owners, landlords and tenants of units are able to apply for part of the funding, although priority will be given to the four main town centres of Whitehaven, Cleator Moor, Egremont and Millom.


£1million Gretna revamp to start next month

Central Avenue, Gretna Credit: ITV Border

A £1million revamp of Gretna's Central Avenue is set to get underway early in the new year.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has appointed a contractor to carry out the work that will include a new garden for the register office, improved car parking and revamping of pavements and paths.

The scheme is part of the Gretna Masterplan, which was adopted following extensive consultation in 2008, and identified the need to define the area around Central Avenue and Kirtle Place as the town centre.

"The vision for this project is to revitalise this central space to give it a 'garden village' feel. Quality materials will be used throughout creating a much more pleasant area. I am delighted this ambitious regeneration project has been given the go ahead, when complete, it will physically link several green spaces and be a far more attractive place for locals and visitors to spend time. I also believe that through this investment in the infrastructure the local economy will prosper and businesses in the vicinity will benefit through increased footfall as a result of the revitalisation.

“This project has taken a long time to come to fruition and I understand that some people will be inconvenienced while the work is taking place, but I think the end product of a revitalised, clean and pleasant High Street and surrounding area for people to enjoy will be worth it. Gretna needs investment and I am pleased the council has worked with us to get this project underway”

– Councillor Craig Peacock, Vice Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee

The scheme is due to be completed towards the end of next year.

Central Avenue, Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Work will 'transform and revitalise' parts of Gretna Green and Springfield

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Work is underway on a programme that has been designed to transform and improve parts of Gretna Green and Springfield.

The regeneration will take around four months to complete and includes:-

  • Enhancing community seating area at Headless CrossCreating new community seating area at Westgill Road
  • The creation of four sandstone Gateway features designed to mark the key entrances to Gretna Green and Springfield
  • Tree planting on Gretna Loaning and in Springfield
  • Improvements to the footway at Stormont Terrace

The works, which are being funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council, will cost around £250,000, and the money will come from the Council’s Capital Programme.

“I am delighted that work has started to transform and revitalise public space in Gretna Green and Springfield.

"Gretna Green attracts visitors from all over the world and this will be a much more attractive setting for them and for locals to enjoy.”

– Cllr Craig Peacock, Vice Chair of the Council's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee

Work will see 'various' improvements throughout village

Councillor Craig Peacock has said that the regeneration project in Gretna and Springfield will see many improvements made to the area.

Dumfries and Galloway Council commissioned the work, which began today.


Work starts in Gretna Green and Springfield

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Work has begun to improve the centre of Gretna Green and Springfield for both residents and visitors.

The regeneration, commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council, will cost £250,000 and will include extensive improvements in the centre of Gretna at Headless Cross.

It is expected to be completed by Spring.

Dumfries & Galloway Council: 'Annan regeneration is a priority.'

"The Annan Station project is part of a wider Annan masterplan that was agreed in 2010 and that identified the access points to the town as being important.

"It's all about giving good first impressions to visitors coming to the area, so the railway station is going to be improved as a key access point, but also the entrances to the town itself.

"The council see the whole Gretna, Lockerbie and Annan regeneration area as a key priority."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries & Galloway Council
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