#Village News

2020 will go down in history as one of the most unusual years many of us have lived through. Everyone's focus was on their own safety, health and wellbeing.  

Unsurprisingly, very little happened in the village.  The hall was closed almost for the entire year.  Village life ground to a halt as we all remained indoors.  It was however very refreshing to see the support around the village to protect our more vulnerable residents.  I would like to thank everyone who took the time to serve our community.

In order to finalise our year, I attach a link to the Kippford Association annual accounts, and Trustees' Report

This has been publicly available in the the notice boards in the village for some time.  I must however apologies for not sending this by email before now. Entirely my fault.

If you have any questions regarding the accounts, please contact Richard via treasurer@kippfordvillage.org or myself.

Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you soon around the village.

David A Jamieson
Chairman, Kippford Village Association.
 

 

Whilst it has been a strange and challenging year for us all, nature, and in our case the Kippford Community Nature Reserve, has come through relatively unscathed.
 

Scottish Water are planning to upgrade the Water Treatment Works in Kippford in 2022 and a consultation process has started.  In addition they plan to install temporary treatment works to tackle the rise in population over the summer.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this process has been delayed.  The latest we have from Scottish Water is:

On Friday, the Scottish Government launched a consultation with key organisations around this year’s bathing season due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Depending on the outcome of this consultation, the need to install the temporary equipment this year may change.

In regards to the permanent works, I do not yet have an update on this as much of the capital investment programme has been paused across Scotland.

As we learn more we will update you

 

Update: January 2021 -- we continue to be available to support or local community through these challenging times.

The threat of the virus plays heavily on our minds at the moment.  The situation around the world is developing quickly and I am sure we are all attempting to follow guidance as best we can.

As a small Village, we have a number of challenges facing the community.  However, we also have a fantastic community spirit.  With this in mind, we want to assure you that you are not alone.

One year ago today we officially started tree planting in the Kippford Community Nature Reserve. Since then we've planted 4,600+ trees; created three water scrapes, and a pond; laid our first paths in a 6 acres section; installed 8 benches.

Following a consultation with representatives of Kippford, Scottish Water have decided to withdraw their initial planning application for temporary water treatment works on the existing site.  They will return with a revised plan in the future.

 

Minutes of Meeting

Subject:           Scottish Water Waste Treatment Plant – Consultation

Forestry and Land Scotland’s South Region team is advising members of the public that work will soon be underway to prepare for tree felling in Mark Hill Forest, Kippford.

Preparatory work – to make the forest road ready and to clear roadside ditches – will begin week commencing January 27th and felling will commence from mid-February. 

Scottish Water are currently undertaking a consultation with the village on the upgrade of the Waste Water Treatment Works in the Village.  The proposed works would be in 2021/22.

There is a need for a temporary solution to water treatment and SW have therefore submitted a planning application to Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Below are some Questions and Answers recently received from Scottish Water in Relation to the proposed new waste treatment plant in Kippford.  

Scottish Water have asked us to note that : "we are still in the very early stages of design so we do not have all of the answers just yet."

Val Bradbury attended an information event in Dalbeattie on 11th November 2019, hosted by D&G Council on their plans for new waste collection and recylcing.  Below is a summary of information obtained at the event:

Fun Wine Tasting

14 Nov 2019

Once again we are delighted to present the Kippford Fun Wine Tasting evening in the Village Hall.

Scottish Water is working to upgrade the wastewater treatment infrastructure in Kippford to help improve the bathing water in the Urr Estuary.

The Kippford Association AGM will be held on Monday 25 November 2019 at 7pm in the Village Hall

Join us on Friday 27th September in Kippford Village Hall for Tea, Coffee, and Cake. Entry £5, with the full amount going to the Macmillan Cancer Charity.

Tickets available from Colvend Shop; Gowans of Dalbeatie; emailing events@kippfordvillage.org
 

Antiques Valuation

02 Sep 2019

Friday 4th October 2019.  1-4pm in Kippford Village Hall

£5.00 per item (max two items).  Professionally valued by Thomson Roddick Valuers, Dumfries

The 17th August 2019 saw our popular annual Fun Dog Show in the Village.  We were delighted to welcome dogs from the village, and visitors and their four-legged friends from around the region, and beyond.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a huge success.  We raised £912 for the Dumfries & Galloway Canine Rescue Centre.

You may have noticed the road closure sign on the entrance to Kippford from the A710 Dalbeattie Road.

Merse Way AGM 2019

01 Aug 2019

The Merse Way AGM for 2019 is on 12 August 2019, in the village hall.  From 7pm

 

Please note that Kevin Gibson (developer)  has advised that he will be closing the lower access from Merse Way through his new development and that this closure will take place with immediate effect.

UPDATE:  Pedestrian access is now available, however please be aware this is a working site and this may change.  Take care when walking.

This decision has been made for health and safety reasons and, whilst no timescale has been given, the closure is expected to be temporary. For the time being, there will therefore be no pedestrian or vehicular access.