On November 14 the Langholm Community Plan 2020-2030 was launched by the Langholm Alliance, at a well-attended public meeting at the Buccleuch Centre. Presentations were made by Professor Griggs (SoSEP), David Mundell, Fiona Armstrong (Dumfries’ Lord Lieutenant), and members of the Langholm Alliance. It was well-received across the community, by partner organisations, and has received cross-party support from MSP’s.

The plan is the culmination of 2 years of research and community consultation led by the Langholm Alliance Steering group, which includes local community groups and focuses on wider community interests. Its development has been supported by SURF and the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC).

Professor Griggs Chair of SoSEP announced a £60,000 package to allow a Development Officer to be employed by the Alliance.

The plan is an opportunity to establish a long-term partnership with a town that is well placed to lead the way for small-town regeneration in Scotland. Much of the buildings, infrastructure and land needed to create visitor attractions are owned within the community and there is strong voluntary support to make Langholm a thriving sustainable economy.

The plan sets out the community’s goals on;

  • Infrastructure and Energy
  • Business and Economic Development
  • Tourism
  • Sports, Leisure and Outdoor Activities
  • Arts and Culture
  • Heritage
  • Health and Social Care
  • Children and Young People

Accompanying the launch of the community plan, was the launch of a new tourism brand and strategy, developed by Osprey Delivers commissioned by SURF for on behalf of the Langholm Alliance’s Tourism group.

The Community Plan and Tourism Strategy is available here

You can learn more about the Alliance via their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/langholmalliance/

Or Twitter @LangholmAllian1