New Cumnock’s community welcomed the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell to provide an update on the regeneration projects set to transform the townscape.
Ian Harper from New Cumnock Steering Group and Katie Kelly, Head of Housing and Communities met Mr Mundell for a walking tour of the regeneration area.
Mr Mundell met staff and swimmers at New Cumnock outdoor swimming pool. He heard the plans and aspirations for the pool which will be completely transformed through a £1.1m regeneration project delivered in partnership with the Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust (GSSDHT).
Mr Mundell also viewed the historic town hall, which is in the process of being completely refurbished by the GSSDHT after £1.4m was raised for its refurbishment. This refurbishment project is part-funded by The Hunter Foundation.
The next stop was a meeting with New Cumnock Steering Group. The group provided Mr Mundell with an update on the main themes of their Community Action Led Plan and their successes to date.
Mr Mundell said: “It was a real pleasure to meet community representatives in New Cumnock today, and hear about their exciting plans to transform their town. The UK Government has backed this programme with a £150,000 investment and I hope that those funds will make a big and positive difference for local people.”
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council said: “New Cumnock Steering Group was formed in May 2013 and they were one of the first communities in East Ayrshire to launch their own community led action plan. The Community Square Project, which Mr Mundell visited with representatives of the community, will completely transform New Cumnock.
“Indeed, this project took a further step forward this week after a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet. A decision was taken to transfer the ownership of the outdoor pool to the GSSDHT to allow for the re-development project to progress at pace.
“This is a really exciting time for New Cumnock and the Council will work in close partnership with the community and the GSSDHT to ensure that all action that can be taken will be taken to improve the village and make it a destination for visitors.”