Dynamic Dumfries: Introducing Dynamically Different Dumfries

Dynamic Dumfries: Introducing Dynamically Different Dumfries

Introducing Dynamically Different Dumfries

How could empty properties and land be used in Dumfries?… Is it easy for you to use public transport where you live?… How can Dumfries Town Centre be made more welcoming?… What streets and spaces would you like to see improved?…

These are just some of the questions we are asking as part of the Dynamically Different Dumfries project. We want to hear your views and ambitions for Dumfries for the next ten years, to help create a vision and action plan for a more vibrant and dynamic town centre.

Many of you, last year, took part in a community survey which has helped inform/shape this project. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RESULTS. We’ve also been engaging with young people, carried out a town audit, read up on what’s been done before and spoken to key local businesses and organisations who can help make things happen.


Do you want a more vibrant, more successful town centre? Do you want a different Dumfries? Dynamically Different Dumfries is an open and collaborative effort to create a new future for the town centre. This project is about bringing together business and community views into a deliverable plan for action over the short, medium and long term to help shape future investment and development for the town.


Who is leading the project?

The project is led by the Dumfries Partnership Action Group (DPAG) and commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council. DPAG’s membership includes volunteers from the local community and local businesses, working collaboratively to make a positive difference to the town centre. It is open to new members to help make things happen as part of this project!

The project is facilitated by Planning Action Scotland (PAS), which is a national charity helping communities across Scotland have their say in how to improve their villages, towns and cities. Ideas for the plan will come from you.


Who came up with the Project Name and Logo?

Pupils from Loreburn Primary School and Dumfries Academy have teamed together to come up with a new name and image for this local initiative to reinvent Dumfries.

Some of their project ideas are in the window of ‘The Smithy’ on the High Street. Ideas include the creation of more sheltered public and learning spaces, making more of the riverside area and using vacant shop premises as family and entertainment facilities.


How can you get involved?

Come along to our Welcome Webinar via zoom on Tuesday 2 February from 4-5pm (click here to sign up) to find out more about Dynamically Different Dumfries and how to take part in the upcoming series of online February/March workshops.

You’ll be able to sign up to these workshops here soon and please save the dates/time:

– Wednesday 10 February: Local Economy & Enterprise 4-6pm or 7-9pm

– Wednesday 17 February: Movement & Public Transport

– Wednesday 24 February: Housing and Community

– Wednesday 3 March: Green and Public Space

Places are limited to 40 per workshop so please sign up soon.

Don’t worry if you can’t take part in these online workshops as there will be other opportunities to get involved, as part of this engagement stage, when the easing of restrictions allows. Nothing will be finalised at this stage. Look out for updates here and through our newsletter and press!

We’ll also be posting project information boards here soon so you can comment if you can’t attend the workshops.

To help us gear up for the upcoming community workshops can you please let us know: What is YOUR Vision for Dumfries Town Centre? Click here to tell us your views.

We need your ideas, local knowledge and enthusiasm to help create the plan!


When will the Vision and Action Plan be ready?

That depends on the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic and your ideas. We hope to have a draft vision and action plan by May 2021.


How can I stay up-to-date?

On Twitter follow the conversation @DumfriesAction and on Facebook (search for ‘Dumfries Partnership Action Group’) using the hashtag #DynamicDumfries Sign-up to regular newsletters here to receive the most recent news. Please forward on to your friends and colleagues!

Look out for updates on this website.


Further Information:

Newsletter 1: CLICK HERE


For more project information, please contact PAS directly: Mathilde Delestre (mathilde@pas.org.uk) and/or Julia Frost (julia@pas.org.uk).