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Last Updated: 16/07/2024 14:25:48

Council Celebrates Success of Community-Led Economic Regeneration Framework and Proposes Future Plans
Friday, 07 June 2024 15:52

Dumfries and Galloway Council is proud to share the achievements of its Community-Led Economic Regeneration Framework (CLERF) over the past three years while also setting the stage for targeted future efforts to enhance local economies and communities. 

Launched in 2021, CLERF has successfully supported a range of community-driven projects aimed at renewal, recovery and place-based investment. With grant approvals totalling £782,855, the Council has helped 11 community groups advance their initiatives, leading to significant external investment and tangible community benefits. 

Key Outcomes of CLERF (2021–2024) include: 

  • Grant approvals: 11 community groups received grants amounting to circa £782,000 surpassing the initial allocation of £750,000. 

  • External capital investment: through CLERF support, the council has secured £18.2 million in external funding for three major projects, reflecting the competitive edge and readiness facilitated by the framework. 

  • Successful projects: notable projects include the Annan Harbour Regeneration Project, the Rocks and Wheels Project in Dalbeattie and the Space to Grow Project in Moffat.

 

Councillor Ian Carruthers, Chair of the Economy and Resources Committee, said, “The achievements of the Community Led Economic Regeneration Framework over the past three years underscore the power of community collaboration and targeted investment. These projects have not only revitalised local areas but also attracted substantial external funding, driving economic growth and community wellbeing.” 

Looking ahead, the council plans to refine CLERF to further align with priority areas as outlined in the ‘Economy theme’ of the Council Plan 2023–28. At committee on 11 June, members will be asked to agree that the updated framework will focus on emerging projects in Stranraer, Whithorn, Wigtown, Dumfries, Kirkconnel/Kelloholm, Annan, Gretna and Langholm. This targeted approach aims to maximise the impact of future investments and ensure that the most critical areas receive the support needed for sustainable development. 

Vice Chair of the Economy and Resources Committee, Councillor David Inglis, added, “The future of CLERF lies in its ability to adapt and focus on the areas where we can make the most significant impact. By concentrating our efforts on key priority areas, we can ensure that our resources are used effectively to foster economic growth and community resilience.” 

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