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Consultation : Dumfries and Galloway Spaces for People

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.

View the map here: Spaces for People

Pop Up Museum for Doors Open Weekend

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. 

Cycling UK Outstanding Young Achiever

Robin Alderslowe went to London last month to receive his Cycling UK Outstanding Young Achiever award from Jenny Graham, the Scottish round-the-world cycling record-holder. He received his award for encouraging people in our community to get on their bikes.

What has the Community Council been up to recently?


The Community Council was pleased that more people completed the recent questionnaire about the town than did the last time one was presented for comments, a few years ago. Many of the answers reflect the topics that the Council has been pursuing regularly – the state of the garage site being the most mentioned. The Survey Report is now available in the Gatehouse Store, the Spar and the Library for anyone to read and to discover how hard the Council has been working on your behalf.

No.1 High Street opens its doors

Number 1 High Street officially opened on the 4th of May, after 6 weeks of hard graft, providing a new home for TGB Gatehouse.  TGB was formed and is supported by the Community Church for the benefit of our community and our move was made possible through a three-year grant by the National Lottery’s “Young Start” programme.  This is funded from dormant bank accounts, a fact not lost on us as we took over dormant bank premises!

Dyking competition to be held at Drummuckloch Gatehouse

A dyking competition is to be held at Drummuckloch to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding in Gatehouse of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.  Thirty years earlier Colonel Rainsford-Hannay of Cardoness, concerned at the decline in the number of dykers had established the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright Drystane Dyking Committee.  It was this organisation which grew into the national body in 1965.