Projects

Glenluce Healthy Living Campus

Following the community consultation held in May 2020,  the results reiterated the unanimous support given in July 2019 for the Trust to seek ways to safeguard GP services in the Old Luce area. The full results of this consultation are available at www.oldluce.org.uk/gpsurgery/ 

Further community consultation on housing at the Four Winds site in November 2021 overwhelmingly supported the demolition of the existing Four Winds house and building three 2-bedroom bungalows on the site. The Trust has now been successful in obtaining funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Led Economic Regeneration Fund (CLERF) which, combined with funding from Old Luce Community Fund, will allow the Trust to develop the plans for both the new Surgery and Housing to the submission of a full Planning Application, following earlier Pre-Planning Applications on both developments.

The Trust is currently working closely with the GP Practice Management Team and Dumfries & Galloway NHS to finalise the required size and design of the new Surgery building. As soon as this has been decided, the Trust will instruct its Design Team to commence the work required for the submission of a full Planning Application for both developments.

The Trust has also engaged Community Enterprise to conduct research into potential funding opportunities for the remaining funding for the Glenluce Healthy Living Campus development, whilst also continuing its own discussions with funders, and will take forward the recommendations over the coming year

 

The Village Square

The new Village Square is now complete and was officially opened on 4 June 2022 as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. With lighting, wooden benches and a covered pergola already in place following extensive regeneration works, this unused gap site has been transformed into an attractive, tranquil public space for all to enjoy.  Everything is looking blooming marvellous thanks also to the work of landscape garden designer Sian Roberts and an eager group of green-fingered community volunteers helping to plant out the new garden beds. Sian worked with the Trust to design the planting scheme with an emphasis on seasonal interest, form, structure and colour across the year.
A new notice board and signage are on order for installation later this summer.

The Glen

The Woodland Management Plan was completed for the Glen in late 2019.  The Friends of the Glen are now working through their action plan for work in the Glen based on this management plan. A dedicated group of ground volunteers has been meeting once a week on various days, clearing invasive laurel and rhododendron with the very welcome help of Glenluce Primary School teachers and students and the GSA Biosphere. The Woodland Trust have also been advising on suitable native species to plant in place of the invasive species removed and The Friends of the Glen are looking forward to the regeneration planting phase during the warmer months.

The Friends of the Glen group rely on a wide variety of volunteer skills. Positions are currently available for Chair, Secretary, Grant Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Events and Marketing Coordinator.  Interest in becoming a volunteer for the Friends of the Glen can be lodged at thetrust@oldluce.org.uk.

Brambles

The Trust’s design team, led by Pencil & Brick and Studio Niro, are continuing to work on the redevelopment of Brambles into overnight holiday accommodation and flexible retail space, which will bring long-term income into the community, create local jobs and give potential new footfall for existing local businesses. The Trust will hold a community consultation for all to see the new plans in autumn 2022.

 

 

Community Asset Transfers

The Trust is very pleased to announce that it took ownership of the Woodside Industrial Estate from the Dumfries & Galloway Council on behalf of the Community under a Community Asset Transfer arrangement on 15 March 2022 and is looking forward to working on improving these facilities for the current tenants.  This asset will bring long-term income into the community, which will be reinvested in future community projects.

Negotiations with the Dumfries & Galloway Council are ongoing on the transfer of ownership of the North Street car park.

Glenluce Public Hall

The Trust signed a new Management Agreement with D&G Council in September 2020 for a further two years, allowing the organisation to continue managing the Public Hall until September 2022. During the management period, a plan for community ownership needs to be developed, which will only be viable if use of the Hall is increased. If you’re a social, creative, sporting, or any other kind of group that the Trust might not be aware of—or maybe you’d like to organise a party or milestone celebration, please email thetrust@oldluce.uk or submit your Booking Request.

A weekly Post Office service is available at the Hall every Tuesday 11.30am-12.30pm.

The Community Shop is open for browsing and donations every Tuesday 9.30am-12 noon, Thursday 1-4pm and Saturday 11am-2pm. Entry is down the ramp from Main Street.

The Hall’s newly refurbished Meeting Room is now also available to hire and ideal for anyone looking to hire a small, private meeting space

 

Dunragit to Glenluce Link Path

A path has been created along the old railway line between Dunragit and Glenluce. The path, which opened in Summer 2019, provides an off-road walking route linking the two villages and is particularly beautiful when the gorse and broom is in full flower. Please be aware that, as the path is on working farmland, the fence along sections of this route is electrified.

Dunragit Community Hub

The Trust’s long-term aim remains to create a community hub in Dunragit and is still working actively to identify and purchase a suitable site in the area. Three new benches and a new noticeboard have also been ordered for Dunragit, which will be installed during the summer.

Back Burn Footpath and Bridge

The Back Burn project aims to improve our natural environment through the removal and installation of a new state of the art footbridge along the Back Burn, as well as creation of a new surfaced and drained pathway and hand rails. The first phase was completed in Summer 2018 and a conduit is in place for installation of lighting at a point in the next few years. We hope that you are enjoying the improvements and making good use of this route.

Christmas Lights

Improvements to the village Christmas Light displays in Glenluce and Dunragit are ongoing, with further funds secured for additional lights in Dunragit and installed in time for their Christmas 2020 Switch-On.

The Christmas lights once again provided a festive atmosphere  in both Glenluce and Dunragit in 2021, attracting visitors from across the region in addition to the locals. We look forward to installing these colourful festive displays and gathering to celebrate once again this December.

 

Community Website

You are currently using the Community Website.  We have a schedule of maintenance in place and regularly update the website with new information and carryout checks to ensure that the information that you are seeing is as up to date as possible.  We hope to continue to improve our community and visitor information pages over time, so that the website continues to act as a single point of contact online for the parish. 

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