This post pretty much writes itself. First Scotland’s Jute Museum Verdant Works Dundee where I’m one of the Tour Guides has just been awarded the final stage of a near £3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore its A listed but presently derelict High Mill. The project will virtually double the existing exhibition space and offer extensive facilities for a range of community groups to take advantage of what an already five star award winning museum has to offer. Work is due to start shortly and is projected to be completed before the opening of the V&A at Dundee currently looking at late 2016 early 2017.
The V&A itself the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Dundee’s Waterfront redevelopment has just received £5million of National Lottery money from Creative Scotland. The two awards taken together provide a huge boost for the city’s Cultural and Tourism sectors.
And the proposed biomass plant which was to be sited at the harbour to the East of the Tay Road Bridge has been scrapped. There was huge opposition on environmental grounds not that that is always adhered to. But SSE who were behind it have gone elsewhere. I mean it would not exactly have encouraged visitors to the river to have this carbuncle greeting you on arrival.
So three pieces of good news for Dundee it seems. On a sadder note though the largest free Blues Festival in Europe the Dundee Blues Bonanza has been cancelled this year but plans to return in 2015. Toddle pip!