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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Have your say on National Park bid

RESIDENTS across Galloway are being invited to participate in the final push to get the area recognised as Scotland’s newest National Park.

The Galloway National Park Association (GNPA) are hosting a series of drop-in sessions next week for people to go along and see and discuss the plans and have their say ahead of the Scottish Government nominations in February.

GNPA has already spoken with over 2000 local people and organisations but wants the government to be aware of the full strength of public feeling.

Their aim is to gather expressions of support – and any concerns – from as many people and organisations as possible.

Rob Lucas, GNPA chair, said: “Your voice could make all the difference. Public support is essential as part of the process for deciding which part of Scotland should be awarded National Park status.

“Over the last six years we have spoken to large numbers of people across the Park area to gather their views. We have been greatly encouraged by the feedback and want to ensure that our bid fully captures the benefits but also addresses the concerns raised.

“We are really hoping that even more people will seize the opportunity to find out more and take part in our drop-in sessions over the coming days.”

Drop-in sessions will be held in the following locations:

  • Wigtown County Buildings, Wednesday, 2-7 pm
  • Dalmellington Community Centre, Thursday, 2-7 pm
  • Millennium Centre, Stranraer, Friday, 2-7 pm
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