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Infrastructure and Energy: Our 2030 vision

Langholm will have a joined-up approach to energy generation and use. We will have introduced a sustainable local energy plan, which will have reduced the overall carbon footprint and introduced energy efficiency measures for individuals and organisations within the community. We will be well connected by road and rail to the rest of Scotland and the North of England.

The regeneration of Langholm provides an excellent opportunity for the local community to look at its existing and future energy needs and state where it sees priorities for action. It also provides an opportunity to become better connected to other parts of Scotland and the north of England through our road and rail networks. The recent announcement from the Borderlands Growth Initiative of the next phase of the feasibility study for rail connection from Tweedbank and Galashiels to Carlisle opens up an exciting opportunity for Eskdale.

In order to make progress in these areas we will develop a local energy scheme and we will take an active part in engagement and consultation on the road and rail schemes over the coming years. Our public services are important for the sustainable future of our town and we will work closely with Dumfries & Galloway Council (and other public authorities) to protect our existing services.

To help us to do this we will work with a range of key organisations such as South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership (SOSEP), Dumfries & Galloway Council, Transport Scotland, Borderlands Growth Initiative, and Local Energy Scotland.

Infrastructure and Energy: By 2022

Initial work on a local energy scheme

  • Investigate the benefits and challenges associated with a local community energy scheme.
  • Undertake an initial consultation with the community and public authorities.
  • Find out what support and funding is available.
  • Produce an overall project plan which specifies details of delivery.

Support for A7 road upgrade

  • Support the A7 Action Group in campaigning for upgrade of A7 Route to Edinburgh.

Support better public transport, coordinated with bus and train routes.

  • Support for Borders Rail extension through Langholm.
  • Support Langholm and District Rail group in lobbying for any rail extension being routed through Langholm.

Community Ownership of Land and Buildings

  • We will have investigated and where appropriate sought to take community ownership of key asserts identified in the audit.

Infrastructure and Energy: By 2025

Publish a Local Energy Plan (LEP)

  • Ensure this has support from local community user groups and aligns with local and national authority strategy and plans

Support for A7 road upgrade

  • Participate fully in A7 feasibility study.

Support for Borders Rail extension through Langholm

  • Participate fully in the Rail Feasibility Study

Community Ownership of Land and Buildings

  • We will have investigated and where appropriate sought to take community ownership of key asserts identified in the audit

Infrastructure and Energy: By 2030

  • Implementation of the Local Energy Plan will be underway and will be reviewed to ensure continuous improvement and sustainability
  • We will have actively contributed to and influenced the decisions about the A7 road upgrade and the Borders rail extension, public transport and local road networks.
  • Community ownership will be an integral part of Langholm’s landownership pattern.
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