Tyne Esk welcomed Fergus Ewing MSP in a recent event to lobby for its post-Brexit continuation.
The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy delivered a rousing Key Note Speech at the Tyne Esk LEADER: Past, Present and Future event. In it he praised the £131m of funding LEADER had brought to Scotland in the past 25 years and the locally based methods of delivering schemes.
We went on to discuss personal knowledge of local projects The Rocketeer and Drift Coffee House. He finished stating cross party support for LEADER and its continuation in was strong.
The event also heard from Tyne Esk applicants past and present. These included the Cornerstone Project which has created a secular community hub at Mayfield/Easthouses Church, quirky Dunbar farm diversification John Muir Alpacas and a co-operation project spanning five LEADER areas focussed on increasing footfall to the John Muir Way. A last minute change of venue meant the alpacas were unfortunately unable to attend.
At event close Tyne Esk LAG Chair Andrew McDonald commented he hoped the event had achieved its aims. If comments from one local councillor are correct, it seems to have.
“I am now a huge fan of Tyne Esk LEADER and will shout about it, support and endorse and do anything I can to ensure its continuation.”