Community Council Elections

Just a reminder for everyone there is still time to put your nominations in for the up and coming Community Council Election on the 3 rd of October , nominations have to be in by 5pm on the 3rd September.

If more than the new allocated number for Annan exceeds 16 there will be an election on the 3rd of October if not all successful nominations will be accepted

So if you have time and can commit to eleven meetings a year and would like to have an incite and say on the towns future why not fill that form in and get involved

If you need more information it is on the Dumfries and Galloway website

Annan

Annan – History Town

The meeting to launch Annan as the History Town was very well attended with forty people turning out and another thirteen who could not make it, tendering their support for the project. There was a good mix of business and community representatives and a very productive discussion took place to agree the way forward.

The new group could well be the basis of a community trust to attract large investment in the town/DG12 area.

Key points coming out of the meeting …

There was unanimous agreement that the refurbishment of the Victoria Hall Complex to form a heritage attraction showcasing Annan’s history in a modern, engaging and interactive way is a priority. I was given the clear message that the Council should revitalise the plans for the decaying building and transfer it into a modern civic centre with modern facilities to host events and performances. One suggestion is to call it the Queen of the Border Centre. The Development of Annan Harbour was also seen as a priority

Next steps …

The next steps will be to set up working groups to take forward the idea of a Heritage Trail Map and phone app, to develop a plan for how Bruce’s Annan Motte and Bailey could be made more attractive for visitors and another group to be formed to look at developing a programme of events for the town.

Get involved …

If you want to find out more and / or get involved please contact Richard Brodie at Richard.Brodie@dumgal.gov.uk.

Community Safety Team Engagement Day

Dumfries and Galloway Council Community Safety Team are running an Engagement Day in Annan on Wednesday 22nd May from 9am to 4pm.

You can talk to them about a wide range of issues including:

  • littering
  • fly tipping
  • abandoned vehicles
  • removal of sharp objects
  • neighbour disputes
  • mediation
  • dog fouling

Can’t make that day? Call the Community Safety Team on 030 33 33 3000

Dumfries and Galloway Council Community Safety Team Poster

 

Open for Business

Annan Solutions Office Open For Business

Dumfries and Galloway Council, the South of Scotland Economic Partnership, and the Scottish Government are delighted to announce the opening of our new designated development office in Annan.

This new ‘Annan Solutions’ office opens for business on the 22nd March at Annan Business Park, Stapleton Road.

The economic development office will provide support around DG12 to those starting or growing a local business, plus inward investment enquiries. As well as this, the team will assist with the implementation of the Annan Action Plan.

The Annan Solutions team is seen as key to strengthening the Annan and wider DG12 community, building its resilience and future opportunities.

The Team will take forward four parallel workstreams:

  • To develop other potential business sites in the Annan and DG12 area.
  • To work with local business to develop their growth potential.
  • To work Bhagat Holdings Limited to support their growth and employment aspirations.
  • To consider the wider economic impact for the community in Annan and DG12 as the result of jobs losses from Youngs closure.

This team will take forward the delivery of an action plan towards ensuring the sustainability and resilience of Annan and the wider DG12 area.

Cllr Sean Marshall, Chair of Annan Regeneration Steering Group said:

“The Annan Solutions Team will be officially revealed on Friday 22 March from their base in the heart of the DG12 area, however some of the Team Members have been in place for over 6 months and were at the centre of successfully securing the £9M investment and 120 jobs by Bhagat Holdings Limited at the former Pinneys Site in Annan.

“Working with the Annan Regeneration Steering Group and the existing Annan Masterplan, the Annan Solutions Team will continue to support and advise ex Pinneys employees who are still unemployed, work to sustain and grow existing DG12 businesses, attract inward investment by encouraging new businesses and new economic opportunities into the DG12 area, breathe new life into Annan High Street by tackling empty shops and regenerate Annan by bringing derelict properties such as Albert Hall, Central Hotel and Erskine Church back into use.

“Ultimately, the Local Solutions Team (LST) will be responsible for developing an Action Plan for Annan and the DG12 area which will have a suite of shovel ready projects to attract funding by the respective UK and Scottish Governments which is needed if Annan and the DG12 area is to fully recover from the loss of over 450 jobs at Pinneys.”