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Action taken to get £40k community funds

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By Donald Turvill
Action taken to get £40k community funds

DUMFRIES and Galloway Council are pursing community funds owed to the townspeople of Moffat by housing developers.

Owners of the old Moffat Academy apartments, Richmond Wight Estates, agreed via their planning application in 2017 that a pro-rata payment of roughly £1500 per unit would be paid into a public open space fund for the community upon completion of occupancy.

Work to convert the Category C listed building into luxury retirement apartments was completed in 2018.
And it has been revealed that all 26 units of the development are now occupied.

Annandale North Councillor Stephen Thompson said: “Effectively the council is now chasing them through their legal services for the payment of the monies and that money will go towards a fund for the benefit of the open space.”

Speculating on what the £40,000 fund could be used to pay for, he added: “The suggestions would be probably a refresh of the play equipment possibly at Hope Johnstone or elsewhere in the town, and there’s a suggestion of a pump track development that the fund could help go toward.”

However, Cllr Thompson emphasised the decision would be reached through consultation with the community.

Richard Wight Estates were approached for comment.

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