The present situation is a bit of a legal muddle. However, Drummore harbour is now owned by the ‘Queen and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer’ (similar to the Crown Estate in England) and the Harbour Trust is now awaiting Dumfries and Galloway Council’s legal team to liaise with other solicitors and public bodies. This may take some time but at least is moving in the right direction.
Galloway National Park
‘Galloway National Park Association (GNPA) was set up by a group of local people who believe a National Park could deliver economic and social benefits for our communities. Our Trustees and members include farmers, landowners, artists, tourism operators and conservationists, and the list is steadily expanding. The Association was founded in November 2016 and received Scottish charitable status in May 2017.
We came together to increase public awareness of National Parks and to explore how local communities might benefit if Galloway is designated as one. The Association aims to place a National Park at the heart of a sustainable future for Galloway, combining our area’s rich natural, cultural and historic assets with a clear vision for growth and development.
The GNPA’s founding document sets out our purposes as:
promoting the protection, conservation and enhancement of the natural and cultural assets of the area for public benefit.
promoting, undertaking and publishing research into issues affecting conservation and enjoyment of the natural and cultural heritage of the area and to identify how this may be furthered through the designation of a National Park.
advancing public education and understanding of how a National Park could contribute to improving health and well-being through the enjoyment, understanding or enhancement of the area’s natural and cultural assets’.
What does this mean for the Rhins of Galloway? Well that is a good question. When the UNESCO Biosphere was developed a few years ago (affording some protection for the environment) the boundary came to the western edge of the Machars and then went north to South Ayrshire. The proposals for the GNP follows roughly the same route again cutting out the Rhins. Working on the theory that the Rhins doesn’t have anything to offer both the biosphere and now the GNP proposals ignore this areas rich wildlife, wildflower and historic significance and importance to Galloway.
If anyone is interested in promoting an alternative boundary for the proposed National Park and promoting the value of the Rhins to the area to the rest of Galloway please contact John & Jackie Paddison (web managers) via the link on the contacts page.
If you wish to comment on the Galloway National Park proposals go to:-
Return of the Scarecrow Competition. Please see events page.
Special Widescreen viewing for OAP’s of the parish. Please see events page.
DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY COUNCIL LIBRARY VAN
REMOVAL OF LIBRARY VAN SERVICE
The service will continue to operate until Sept 2018.
You can continue to use our service at service centres.
You could use the good neighbour scheme or Community Outreach Service - this means a member of staff will bring books to your home every three weeks. There are eligibility criteria you must meet but the service may also be available to carers.