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By Abbey Morton
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Loch walk upgrade gets £40k boost

A PROJECT to upgrade the route around Castle Loch in Lochmaben has received a funding boost to the tune of £40,000.

Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust was delighted to be awarded £20,000 from the the Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC), which will be matched with £10,000 already secured from the Minnygap Community Fund, and £10,000 from the Huge Fraser Foundation.

Decisions on other funding applications are also expected soon.

The money will be used towards works to replace the timber boardwalk, improve bridges and create a link path around the loch, which is a popular place for walks and recreation for residents and visitors to the area.

Project officer at Castle Loch Darren Flint said: “On behalf of the loch’s visitors, the trust are very grateful to ANCBC for supporting our campaign to fund the upgrade of the path and boardwalk infrastructure.

“This wonderful community owned asset now sees some 35,000 pairs of boots walking the 5 km loop annually and these essential works will see us welcoming many more for years to come.”

Further Annandale recipients in the latest round include: Dumfries and Galloway Art Festival, £13,000, to bring performance arts events to Lockerbie, Moffat and Eskdalemuir; Lockerbie Old School Community Hub SCIO, £5000 to assist with the cost of a part-time self-employed communications and administration officer; Nethermill Primary School Parent Council, £1834 to contribute to the costs of an outdoor residential trip to Lockerbie Manor for P5-P7 pupils; Johnstonebridge Parent Council, £1713 to contribute to the costs of an outdoor residential trip to Lockerbie Manor for P5-P7 pupils.

In addition, Torthorwald Hall Association has been awarded £5000 to help towards boiler replacement and oil tank costs and Dunscore Play Park received £20,000 to enable the upgrade of outdated current play park equipment that does not meet modern standards for the children in the community.

Since opening in spring 2015, the ANCBC fund has awarded almost £2 million to projects across the 42 community council areas that make up its area of benefit.

The next deadline for funding applications is today, Friday March 18, and then Friday August 5.

For more information on applying, visit www.ancbc.co.uk/main-fund/

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