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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
New Galloway tour for Minister

UK Government Minister for Scotland John Lamont visited New Galloway on Monday

The visit was part of a tour across central and southwest Scotland to meet community groups that have benefitted from UK Government funding.

The Minister sat down with Trustees of Local Initiatives in New Galloway (LING) and toured the refurbished town hall whilst discussing how a £175,000 award from the Community Ownership Fund helped transform it into an accessible, versatile, and low carbon community space.

During his visit the Minister accompanied by Dumfries and Galloway Councillor Pauline Drysdale, joined residents for their Hubbub event and shared a hot meal and lively discussion on key issues impacting rural life.

HUBBUB. . . . John Lamont joins New Galloway residents for their weekly social event

Commenting on his visit, John Lamont said, “Timely access to UK Government funding can be transformative for placemaking and communities; it can make all the difference in creating a thriving village or town where all ages have access to the broadest possible range of life and leisure opportunities. I had a very informative conversation with Local Initiatives in New Galloway, covering thoroughly the administrative processes that community-led groups in Scotland go through to secure funding for landmark development such as the Burgh’s Town Hall.

“I look forward to taking this back to the Scotland Office, where it will help inform future policy on government funding.”

Chair of LING Barbara Barker added: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister to the Royal Burgh of New Galloway and particularly proud that he was able to meet the Town Hall’s wonderful team of staff and volunteers.”

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