Dumfries and Galloway Council needs your help to identify locations that may need temporary measures to ensure people can get about safely when walking, cycling and wheeling (in a wheelchair or mobility scooter) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A special website has been set up to allow people to suggest improvements or highlight problems. You can check what has already been added or add new suggestions for your local area. The interactive map will be open until the 21st August 2020.
It won’t be possible to fulfil every request but the Council is asking for your input to identify areas where physical distancing is most difficult. They will then be able to direct their limited resources to where they are most needed.
UPDATE:The stretch of the road from the Anwoth turning up to Nether Rusko will be closed from 7am to 7pm daily between 10th and 23rd August. The stretch from Nether Rusko to Gatehouse Station will then be closed from 7th - 20th September. Access will be maintained for residents.
During 2020, SP Energy Networks will be investing in the electricity network and infrastructure in the Gatehouse area. The Fleet Valley has been designated an area of natural beauty and a visual amenity site. As such SP Energy Networks has committed to removing some of its overhead line infrastructure as part of our essential reinforcement works to further enhance the natural beauty of the area. This work is critical to ensure continued delivery of a reliable, consistent and safe electricity supply -which we know you rely on now more than ever.
The 8th May is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. The Town was planning a number of events and activities to mark this occasion but of course with the current coronavirus crisis much of this has had to be cancelled or postponed. Graham and Margaret Wright who run The Gatehouse Folk website have been working over the past months to collate a memorial document of the experiences of the people of Gatehouse during the war, both at home and away. The material is now available to read online on The Gatehouse Folk website.
Along with commuities across the world, Gatehouse of Fleet finds itself dealing with the exceptional circumstances brought on by the Covid-19 virus. It will cause significant changes in the way we all do things for the foreseeable future. With most community events no longer taking place we have replaced the community diary with a section specifically for Covid-19 related issues. This section contains useful links to official sources of information. It also contains local information and phone numbers. It will be updated regularly. If you are self-isolating or cannot leave your house, keep essential phone numbers to hand so that you can contact members of the community. The local shops, SPAR and The Gatehouse Store - can organise dleiveries to your home. There are also numbers for The Doctors' Surgery, Chemist, and to other community support which IS available. Also do keep in touch with your friends and family, and with your neigbours.
A Gatehouse Community Help Group has been set up on Facebook. This is likely to be a lively group filled with up-to-date local information as well as advice and help. It is available here: www.facebook.com/groups/2614921332073630/
Over the last two years the Gatehouse the Gatehouse Development Initiative has been working with partners from across Europe on a project designed to transfer rural skills from one generation to the next. It is an Erasmus+ project called Eco-management, yesterday's knowledge, tomorrow's know-how. On Wednesday 25th September the GDI will be presenting the results of the project at a seminar in the Mill on the Fleet at 10am.
Gatehouse Horticultural Society held its annual show on Saturday 31st August. It was held, as usual in the Community Centre and proved to be a very successful day, which was surprising after the wild weather the previous two days. It was great to see more new residents entering the many different classes available to them (some even winning prizes), along with the usual exhibitors who come along and make a great effort every year. The show seems to be a great opportunity for all ages to catch up with folk they haven’t seen for a while, and to have a chat and laugh while walking around and admiring the many exhibits on display.
Dumfries and Galloway Doors Open day this year will be held over the weekend of 7 and 8 September.
The Mill on the Fleet is planning to hold a Community Pop-up Museum over the weekend. The sort of items that the Mill is hoping to display include Gala week programmes, photographs of local people and places, Gatehouse of Fleet souvenirs and memorabilia, and tools and household equipment from the last 230 years. Does anyone have a pair of Gatehouse clogs or any items relating to old Gatehouse of Fleet industries and trades? Any items lent for the weekend will be safely looked after and returned.