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Parkhead land sale netted £715k

Section:  Dumfries and West

A SUM of £715,000 was raised from the sale of land at Parkhead in Dumfries — where a social landlord is now set to create a housing development.

And amid calls to ensure money arising from the Common Good section of land benefits the community, a meeting is now scheduled by campaigners objecting to the development bid.
Adopting the name Noblehill Community Development Association, the campaign group are set to meet next Friday, June 23, at 7 pm at Noblehill Community Centre.
A statement from the group said: “We invite anyone with an interest in the future of Parkhead to attend this important public meeting.”
However, due to restricted capacity, anyone with an interest in attending is asked to register, with details available via the Save Parkhead Facebook page.
A report presented at a council meeting this week revealed that £715,000 was generated from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s sale of the land to Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership.
But because only some of the land was a Common Good asset, the report said that the sale was agreed at Dumfries Common Good Sub Committee on March 27 ‘subject to the receipts being apportioned between the Dumfries Common Good Fund and the Council on a pro rata basis between the amount of Common Good land and the total amount of land sold’.
Newly-elected Nith Ward councillor John Campbell says he had originally supported the idea of revenues from the sale of Common Good assets being retained in the immediate area.
But having learned that monies enter a general Common Good pot, Councillor Campbell said: “If it’s Common Good, I would expect that it should be for the benefit of the people in that burgh, or the area of the Common Good.”

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