Dumfries and Galloway Council: Investment Programme Is Capital

The Council’s Communities committee [10 December 2019] will consider a report on its Infrastructure Capital Programme 2019/20.

The Council agreed its capital budget for 2019/20 to 2021/22 in February 2019, with an indicative 10-year Capital Investment Strategy. The agreed funding allocations for the Infrastructure Asset Class are:

  • 2019/20 £10.07m
  • 2020/21 ££9.5m
  • 2021/22 £9.5m

An additional £0.5m was allocated for planned structural overlays on roads for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Members of the committee are being asked to:

  • Note the progress on the Active Travel Capital Programme and the need to refresh the Active Travel Strategy, which will include a multi-stakeholder event in Dumfries in April 2020;
  • Note the progress on replacing the Brow Well Bridge [B725];
  • Note the progress on managing road closures on the A716, Drummore, including feedback from community events;
  • Note the progress at Stranraer Harbour works, including proposals for public engagement.

The Active Travel Programme includes investment in non-motorised travel. Following the Council’s climate change emergency declaration, there is a responsibility to recognise and address climate change and take action.

Structural damage to the Brow Well Bridge, because of foundation failure, caused the B725 to be closed in September. Following the installation of a temporary bridge, the road reopened on 2 December. Work is ongoing to restore the original bridge.

Following 2 fatalities in November 2018, the Council accelerated plans for coastal defence works on the Drummore coastal road [A716] review the system to implement temporary road closure in extreme weather, identify most critical sections in extreme weather, and assess the main diversion route [B7065]. Following consultation, preferred measures for managing the flood risk, include permanent manual barrier, temporary diversion signage, improving the temporary diversion route, and emergency access/egress from the Grennan area.

Following concerns raised by the Health and Safety Executive [HSE], an automated barrier entry system has been installed and is operating at Stranraer Harbour. Provision of disabled parking and a proposed extension to the boatyard are currently being considered. Community feedback will be gathered in early 2020.

 

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Councillor Andy Ferguson, chair of the Communities committee, said:

“Improving travel links, improving road safety, repairing bridges, enhancing parking facilities, and developing economic opportunities are key issues for this region if we’re to make it a place where people want to live, work and do business. Our capital programme for infrastructure is an essential contributor to this.”

Councillor John Martin, vice-chair, said:

“Over the next 3 years our Council is committed to investing more than £30m on projects to improve and maintain the region’s infrastructure. This is vital for local people, local communities, and our local economy.”