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By Abbey Morton
Moffat
Action plan for Moffat

PLANS to build up the Moffat economy by making the town more attractive to visitors will take another step forward later this month.

A public virtual meeting, hosted by Visit Moffat, will be held with South of Scotland Enterprise, Phil Prentice of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Dumfries and Galloway Council, with the aim of picking up from a plan initiated around four years ago to have Moffat apply to be a ‘Business Improvement District’ (BID).

The idea is for shops, cafes, hotels etc in the town to work together on an agreed business plan, with Beattock also set to benefit from any changes.

Initial plans by Visit Moffat were supported by a good number of businesses in the area, in an attempt to boost the town’s attractiveness to visitors.

Suggestions from an action plan include breathing new life into Ladyknowe and Station Park, improving sport, play, arts and culture for everyone, putting education at the heart of the community, telling the world about the ‘jewel in the crown’ of south west Scotland and re-opening Beattock Railway Station.

In addition, extra ‘game changers’ for Beattock were revitalising the heritage park, developing sports and recreation, improving the cycle path to Moffat and overall quality of life.

A presentation created previously for the BID highlighted assets of Moffat and Beattock as their convenient location, with proximity to the motorway for links, the second most beautiful high street in Scotland, glorious scenery with the iconic Moffat hills, lots of accommodation, heritage and history.

It is hoped a rep from a town which currently has a business development plan will speak at the meeting.

All are welcome to attend on the evening of March 31, for joining details email Leys Geddes, pictured, at [email protected]

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