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By Abbey Morton
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Shaping the future of Moffat and Beattock

WORKSHOPS to help shape Moffat and Beattock's futures and successfully spend £500k will take place this month.

The workshops are taking place to help aid the creation of an action plan, which will help the communities prosper and successfully invest the cash.
Last year SSE Renewables pledged £540,000 compensation funding to Moffat in return for using the town as a HGV route for their Clyde Extension Windfarm.
Funding from the Scottish Government was also made available for the two communities to employ a professional to create a plan to utilise the vast sum.
Nick Wright, of Nick Wright Planning, was chosen to lead the project and develop the official Moffat and Beattock Community Action Plan.
It will be a long term vision containing actions and proposals to improve Moffat and its neighbouring village.
But before its October completion deadline, three public events have been organised to include the public.
Nick said: “Between now and October the team will be visiting Moffat and Beattock to meet local people and organisations.
“This month we’ll be organising community events to work out how the public’s ideas should be put together to make the Community Action Plan – focusing on things that will have most impact.”
Giving an update on the plan’s progression, he added: “To make sure we get views from young people as well as older folk, the team has this week been in Moffat and Beattock Primary Schools and Moffat Academy.
“Lots of very sensible ideas were put forward, from reinvigorating the Heritage Park in Beattock to free wifi in Moffat, involving school prefects in the community councils and cleaning up and deepening Moffat boating pond.
“Plus of course the big game changer – reopening Beattock station.”The first workshop takes place at Beattock Village Hall on September 21 from 7 pm and the following day Moffat Town Hall will host a second workshop, kicking off at 7 pm.
A drop-in exhibition will be held at Moffat Town Hall on October 15 from 2 pm to7 pm.

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