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Recent releases

Press releases published over the last 8 weeks:

Copyright 2012-2017

Last Updated: 06/12/2017 11:42:56

Lobbying the Scottish Government for Trunk Road Investment

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:42 AM
The Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Elaine Murray, recently wrote to Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for transport and the Islands, to invite him to visit Dumfries and Galloway Council to discuss our request for greater investment from the Scottish...

Kirkconnel Public Realm Improvements Project

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:05 AM
Dumfries and Galloway Council recognises that the regeneration of certain areas within our region is key to building the local economy: creating employment opportunities, improved transport links, housing and building on existing local heritage to create...

Stubbing Out The Cigarette Ends

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 02:38 PM
Our Council’s Community Safety Team will be out in force this month to target irresponsible litterers who throw their cigarette ends away. The fine for this offence is £80 – quite a hit just 2 and a bit weeks until Christmas. That...

Council education investments pay off

Thursday, 30 November 2017 05:02 PM
Councillor Jeff Leaver, chair of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning [CYPLL] committee and Councillor Ros Surtees, vice chair, have been visiting schools that have recently benefitted from significant investment. In Newton Stewart, at...

Annandale and Eskdale Annual Sports Awards

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 03:29 PM
The Active School and Community Sport team for Dumfries and Galloway Council are again organising the Annandale and Eskdale Annual Sports Awards Ceremony for the sporting year 2017 and local councillors joined them this week to encourage nominations in...

New Loan Scheme makes First Award to local business.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:50 AM
Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Chair of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Archie Dryburgh, officially launched the new Business Loan Scotland (BLS) fund on Tuesday (28 Nov) with the award of £50,000 to the owner of...

Consultation on Licensing Policy Statement

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 09:12 PM
The Local Licensing Boards are consulting on their Current Statement of Licensing Policy. There are 4 Boards: Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale, Stewartry, and Wigtown. The Boards are seeking views on how they can improve policy to ensure that they...

New group to address public safety at events in region

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:45 PM
Councillors at next week’s Communities committee (5 December) will be asked to approve proposals to establish a new, safety advisory group for public events in the region. A new Dumfries and Galloway Safety Advisory Group (SAG) will be chaired by...

Council continue to address empty homes

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:40 PM
Councillors at next week’s Communities committee (5 December) will be provided with a report outlining work carried out to date by officers to tackle the problem of empty homes in our region. It will also provide an overview of the national policy...

Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Finals 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 03:37 PM
Children from primary schools across Annandale and Eskdale travelled to Moffat last Friday to compete in the Annandale and Eskdale Sportshall Athletics Finals at Moffat Academy. A record sixteen schools assembled teams totalling over 400 children to...

Councillors asked to pilot the removal of bins

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 12:05 PM
Councillors will be asked to agree that the Council removes bins from laybys on some of the busiest roads in the region. At the Communities meeting on 5 December, Councillors will be asked to approve plans to take part in a Keep Scotland Beautiful...

Communities continue to take ownership of local facilities

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 12:04 PM
Councillors next week will be told that communities are continuing to take ownership of local facilities right across the region. Members of the Council’s Communities committee on 5 December will hear that good progress is being made in...

Council provides food for thought

Monday, 27 November 2017 03:38 PM
A report to the Council’s Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning [CYPLL] committee [30 Novembern2017] will outline the performance of the School Meals Service. The School Meals Service is benchmarked against the annual census outcome, with...

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence in Dumfries and Galloway

Monday, 27 November 2017 09:44 AM
The Dumfries and Galloway Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (D&GDAVAWP) has launched its programme of events for 16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence. 16 Days of Action is an international campaign that starts every...

Borderlands

Monday, 27 November 2017 09:13 AM
Please find attached press release from Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council, following on from today's budget announcement. Borderlands Cross-border...

Book Week Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 02:42 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council is holding a variety of events to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2017 [27 November to 3 December], featuring books, chocolate, gin, and tea parties. A national celebration of books and reading, Book Week Scotland brings...

Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Signage Proposal

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 02:03 PM
The people of Kirkconnel and Kelloholm are being asked for their opinion on a unique project that will provide bespoke signage for the village. To allow local people to have their say, they have the opportunity to vote for their preferred sign design...

Make a difference to poverty in your community

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 01:38 PM
Groups and communities across Dumfries and Galloway are being given the opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with the effects of poverty. Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee has allocated...

Live Independently with Telecare

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 04:25 PM
A chance to see how technology is helping people of all ages in Dumfries and Galloway live safer, independent lives in their own homes is being showcased in the region this week. Technology has been placed in focus as part of national Digital Health and...

New Head of Economic Development to look at Progress of Stranraer Waterfront

Friday, 17 November 2017 03:59 PM
One of the initial tasks for Jan Falconer, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s recently appointed Head of Economic Development, has been to look at the Stranraer Waterfront Project. Jan brings her significant experience of working in many locations,...

Dumfries Christmas Light Switch On

Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:18 PM
It has reached that time of year again… It’s time to put on your Christmas jumpers and Santa hats and head down to join in the Christmas fun and festivities in Dumfries town centre on Sunday 26 November, at this year’s new Christmas...

Telecare Week in Dumfries and Galloway [20 to 24 Nov]

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:41 PM
The telecare service, whichenables people of all ages to live safer and independently in their own homes, will be showcased as part of Digital Health and Social Care Week [20 to 24 November 2017]. Telecare week will also see the technology demonstrated...

Scottish Women’s Convention – Dumfries Roadshow

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 02:13 PM
Calling all females in Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Women’s Convention is coming to Dumfries! The Scottish Women's Convention (SWC) is a Government funded organisation set up in 2003 by the Scottish Executive in acknowledgment of the need...

Council team boosts inclusion

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 12:59 PM
The Council’s Inclusion Support Team works with schools to support pupils who are most at risk of exclusion through early and effective intervention. The team’s aim is to reduce exclusions and ensure that all children and young people in...

‘Made in Dumfries and Galloway’

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:57 AM
At Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee (21 November) Members will hear a proposal from the Council’s trading Standard’s Team to develop a Made in Dumfries and Galloway brand which will help...

Award for warmer homes project.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:45 AM
Our Council constantly strives to meet one of our top priorities which is to ‘protect our most vulnerable people. One of the ways we are doing this is by working in partnership with the Energy Agency to deliver energy efficiency measures and...

Autism Information Event

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 04:48 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Autism Network are holding a Post-16 Tranisitions event in the former ‘Baker’s Oven in Dumfries on Tuesday 21 November. The event will take place between 1.30pm and 6.30pm. A range of post school providers such as...

Youth Beatz 2018 officially launched

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 04:32 PM
Youth Beatz Festival has been announced as a Signature Event as part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People 2018. Youth Beatz 2018 will be the 10th anniversary of the youth festival and will move to a bigger venue at Dumfries’s...

South of Scotland Enterprise Agency nearing inception

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 03:32 PM
Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy, Environment and infrastructure Committee (21 Nov) will be asked to note the creation of a new enterprise agency dedicated to transformation of the economy in the South of Scotland and interim...

New fund for Young People's Choices

Monday, 13 November 2017 05:01 PM
A new grant scheme in Dumfries and Galloway offers awards of up to £5,000 to groups and organisations working with young people. Applicants are invited to submit an application for projects, events and programmes that will benefit young people...

Credit to Moffat Cricket Club

Monday, 13 November 2017 11:47 AM
Moffat Cricket Club is the latest sports club in Annandale and Eskdale to gain Sports Club Accreditation. Sports clubs are an important part of local communities and provide an opportunity for people to enjoy a lifetime of involvement in sport at...

Art Bus tour highlighted women's history

Monday, 13 November 2017 11:05 AM
The Travelling Gallery, In Partnership with Glasgow Women’s library recently visited Dumfries and Annan to present a new body of work by Glasgow Artist Lauren Printy Currie. The exhibition derived from her residency at the library, where she...

Dumfries Ice Bowl Prepares For Triple International Events Boost

Monday, 13 November 2017 11:05 AM
Three international quality events in close succession are set to bring thousands of competitors and visitors to Dumfries. The triple events boost comes from World Championship Ice Hockey in December, a Challenger Curling series tournament which will...

Council Tax and Non Domestic collection rates are best in Scotland

Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:17 PM
Councillors will be told that Dumfries and Galloway Council continues to be one of the best councils in Scotland for Council Tax collection next week. A report outlining the amount of Council Tax and rates collected by the Council will be reported to...

Unpaid Carers: consultation

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 03:34 PM
Unpaid Carers in Dumfries and Galloway are being invited to help shape the support they receive. A series of consultation events starts this Friday, offering people performing this important role the chance to contribute to criteria which will help...

APSE Local Authority Housing and Building Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards 2017

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 02:00 PM
Three Apprentices from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s, Enterprising DG, Building Maintenance team recently travelled to Liverpool to attend the 2017 Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Local Authority Housing and Building...

Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Football Festival

Monday, 06 November 2017 11:26 AM
The Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Football Festival sponsored by Magnox Limited took place at Lockerbie 3G Pitch on Friday with nearly 200 children taking part, another record entry for a school sport competition. Organised by Active Schools and...

Council Opens Major Events Strategic Fund to Applications

Monday, 30 October 2017 03:59 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council has announced that its Major Events Strategic Fund is open to applications. The Fund is an integral part of the new regional Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021, which was adopted by the Council earlier this...

Council given keys to state-of-the-art Learning Campus

Monday, 30 October 2017 01:35 PM
Dumfries and Galloway Council today (Friday 27 October) proudly took ownership of the new Dalbeattie Campus. The £24m state-of-the-art campus will replace the town’s primary and secondary schools and Council nursery schools, which have...

Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017 07:04 PM
The Dumfries and Galloway Coaching Awards, in partnership with sportscotland, provide the opportunity to thank coaches for their dedication to their chosen sport and recognise their achievements. The aim of the awards is to celebrate and raise the...

Council offers Universal Credit support

Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:34 PM
The Council’s Communities Committee [19.10.17] agreed a range of recommendations on Universal Credit. Councillor Andy Ferguson, chair of the Communities committee, said: “Protecting our most vulnerable people and being inclusive are key...

New Events Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway

Thursday, 19 October 2017 03:46 PM
The Council's Communities committee [19.10.17]has agreed a new Events Strategy for the Dumfries and Galloway. The new Strategy follows on from the inaugural Major Festivals and Events Strategy and will cover the period 2018 to 2021. The Council has...

Dumfries Christmas Market opportunity

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 04:58 PM
The Council is planning for the Dumfries Christmas Lights Switch On and market. As last year, a marketplace featuring local businesses and traders will be a key part of the day [Sunday 26 November 2017]. Anyone wanting their business to participate...

Council delivers sports grants in Annandale & Eskdale

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 05:58 PM
Sportspeopleand clubs in Annandale and Eskdale have benefited from hundreds of pounds of funding in recent weeks to support sports performance and club development. 5 awards totalling £803 have been presented from the Annandale and Eskdale Area...

Moffat Petanque Club accredited

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 05:30 PM
Moffat Petanque Club is the latest sports club in Annandale and Eskdale to gain the Sports Club Accreditation Scheme. The scheme is administered by the Council's Active Schools and Community Sport Team. Sports clubs are an important part of local...
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