Menu
 
Home | News | Langholm misses out on major investment
 
News | 24th June 2021
 

Langholm misses out on major investment

Town comes too low on index of need to qualify for funding

 
 
 

LANGHOLM has missed out on a major investment in towns in the region but could be considered for support in the future.

Four towns Gretna, Kirkconnel, Wigtown and Stranraer have been chosen for the Borderlands Place Programme, an integral part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.

An index of need was used to calculate which of the 18 towns eligible for inclusion would go forward this year.

It was initially drawn up in 2019 but was revised this year to take into account the impact from the pandemic.

Langholm was originally scored 70, rising to 98. This put it on the same score as Annan but behind Moffat and Whithorn as well as the four chosen towns.

Langholm’s population was set at 1,475 in 2019 and the E&L Advertiser queried this figure, believing it to be too low.

A council spokesperson replied: “The town centre index used in this analysis reflects the data zones published by the Scottish government.

“Data zones reflect small geographic areas and are used to report statistical information used by the government, including the important aspects of the areas such as population, employment and housing.

“These published data zones do not align exactly with settlement boundaries and this exercise focuses on town centres.”

Denis Male, Langholm Alliance chairman, while disagreeing with the population figure, said there was no doubt that places, like Kirkconnel, needed investment but the council had spent large amounts of money there, as it had in Stranraer.

Gretna was expanding and building massive housing schemes.

He added: “We have a community action plan and have staff in place from South of Scotland Enterprise.

“SURF was sent here because the council thought Langholm was a place in need.

“It could be this east-west divide in which Langholm is seen out on a limb.

“This raises issues such as the importance of bringing the Borders Railway through here to Carlisle and getting other infrastructure right, like the A7 and maybe building a bypass.

“There are so many things which need to be looked at around Langholm: its accessibility, timber traffic and other HGVs coming through the town. We need whatever help we can be given.

“We must keep shouting so they remember we are still here.”

Of the £50m allocated to all five local authority partners, £12.75m is indicatively earmarked for towns in Dumfries and Galloway.

The council will provide another £1.25m during the 10-year programme.

The purpose of the Borderlands Place Programme is to financially support towns and town centres to become more economically resilient by working with communities and making the most of the town’s cultural and heritage assets.

By doing so, existing businesses will be safeguarded and new ones attracted, the population sustained with more people of working age, job opportunities improved and more visitors spending time and money in the towns.

The full council will receive a report today on the progress made on the Place Programme and asked to agree to the process to identify the initial towns to go forward.

The remaining towns are not excluded from submitting Borderlands projects in the future and projects, which are ineligible for this funding, may be submitted for alternative funding sources from the Scottish and UK governments, creating a pipeline of projects to attract future investment.

Council leader Elaine Murray said: “Our towns have great potential but, in many cases, the activities which used to sustain their economies are no longer able to do so.

“This programme gives them the opportunity to be repurposed and reinvented using the knowledge of their communities and working with them to find solutions.

“Importantly, it’s not the only game in town. Other funding sources are increasingly becoming available and we want to develop projects in our region which can attract investment.”

 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Kim donates locks

Little Princess Trust helps ease diagnosis

 

COP26 pilgrimage visits Langholm

PILGRIMS on their way to the COP26 climate change conference…

 

Local MP and councillors react to MP Sir David Amess death

MPs and councillors will continue to engage with constituents

 

Organisations benefit from Recovery Fund

RECOVERY funding has been secured for six organisations in Langholm.…

 

Marathon adventure

Eskdalemuir man runs for special charity

 

Borderlands bid rejected

City of Culture not coming our way

 

Brexit given as reason for demise of LEADER

Langholm received around £260,000 in funding from the project

 

SURF award shortlist for Old Police Station

Langholm affordable accommodation project up for prestigious award

 

Walk on the wild side

THE Langholm Initiative will celebrate Community Land Week Scotland with…

 

Up for auction again

‘Standout’ property needs extensive repairs and renovation

 

Copshaw Holm on film

A SHORT film has been created showcasing the payoff from…

 

A Modelling career awaits Langholm teen

Sam Cook signs up with London agency and hits the…

 

Frustration over X95

UNHAPPY locals are calling on Borders Buses to increase the…

 

A stitch in time

400 years marked with wonderful tapestry

 

Over 50’s boosters and jabs for 12-15 year olds

D & G team are readying the plans to roll out the…

 

Local sorting office threatened with closure

Royal Mail property review leaves Langholm in limbo

 

Chilli festival coming to Langholm

Self-confessed chilli capital of Scotland to host first ever ChilliFest

 

Public consultation on flood proposals promised

Councillor says ‘Ditch the Drain’ campaigners are being heard

 

Resurfacing works to result in A7 road closures

A7 road BEAR Scotland

The A7 will be closed between Canonbie and Hawick between…

 

Call for unvaccinated to come forward for jabs

Covid passports to be introduced in Scotland for those aged…

 

Talk to the Tarras team

Drop in every Wednesday for a chat

 

Muckle Toon Media welcomes new chairman

An optimistic John Hammond picks up the reins of the…

 

Over 100 residents attend heated flood defence meeting

Calls for renewed consultation with both regional and community councils

 

Kat joins Tarras team

Kat Mayer takes up her role as project and education…

 

Recycling Centre on the cards for Langholm

92% want to have the opportunity to dispose of garden…

 

National labour crisis felt by local businesses

Shortage of 100,000 drivers impacts on deliveries across the UK

 

FTS management duo gain prestigious degree

TWO local dyers have become the first to graduate from…

 

Canonbie Surgery relocates for major building repairs

EMERGENCY building repairs will be undertaken at Canonbie Surgery following…

 

Scaffolding fixed but what happens next?

Council forced to carry out repairs before something dreadful happens

 

Memorial centenary

THE 100th anniversary of the Langholm war memorial in Buccleuch…

 

Cleaning at the Kirk

Great team effort is appreciated

 

The Passion Remains

ONCE again, a much-reduced version of Langholm Common Riding was…

 

School transfer news

Langholm Alliance to consult on use of former primary building

 

Langholm Town Centre Building in danger of collapse

Fears that falling scaffolding and masonry may kill or injure

 

Our dream jobs

Two new managers appointed at reserve

 

Town's revival starts to come to fruition

Langholm Alliance has contributed £15,000 to boost activities

 

Engineering a future

Academy pupils awarded Industrial Cadet certificates

 

Rachel hands over the reins to Danielle

E&L Advertiser’s new community editor takes up her new post

 

Full steam ahead for ambitious enterprise

Planners give green light to the conversion of former BFA…

 

Langholm People

OutPost Arts sets portrait challenge

 
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.