Whithorn Added to the Borderlands Growth Deal

The prayers of the residents of Whithorn have been answered – after the town was put back on the Borderlands Growth Deal list.


Much to the dismay of the local community and businesses, it was excluded from the list of towns being considered for early help under the scheme.


But Dumfries & Galloway Council reversed an earlier decision that would have resulted in Stranraer, Wigtown and Gretna and Kirkconnel being put forward.


The dramatic change of heart came after an amendment by Councillor Jackie McCamon was accepted at Thursday’s full council meeting.


Afterwards Councillor McCamon, who represents Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, welcomed the outcome.


Jackie McCamonShe said: “I am absolutely delighted my amendment was supported cross-party today in full council for Whithorn to be included in the initial towns for the Borderlands Inclusive Growth deal.


“Whithorn was initially excluded from the first towns list but with them scoring so closely to those who were successful, it was absolutely essential that the decision was turned around.”


She added, “I will continue to champion communities across Wigtownshire which over the years, have been neglected and deprived of the support they deserve”.


The successful role played by the local councillor was praised by All Roads Lead to Whithorn who said: “Great news for Whithorn as we are now added back to the Borderlands Growth Deal after being removed.


“Thank you Cllr Jackie McCamon & Cllr Katie Hagmann for bringing it to our attention and huge thanks to all councillors for ensuring this matter was rectified & giving their full support to all groups in Whithorn and seeing the huge potential and bigger picture for the Royal Burgh of Whithorn & District.”


The town is famous for being the location of the first recorded Christian church in Scotland, Candida Casa, built by Saint Ninian about 397.