Midsteeple Quarter* is the trading name of a new Community Benefit Society which has been set up to enable local people to help shape a prosperous, compassionate and vibrant Dumfries town centre for the future.
Midsteeple Quarter is controlled by its members for the benefit of the community it is set up to serve. Anyone can become a member (see ‘Join Us’) of the society, but only people and businesses resident in DG1 and DG2 have voting rights. It is like an old fashioned ‘building society’, something that we all own and have an equal say in directing.
Midsteeple Quarter will take ownership of a group of disused buildings on our High Street…refurbish them…and steward them for the community, as affordable enterprise space at street level and good quality flats for rent on the floors above.
The Midsteeple Quarter staff team currently consists of:
Matt Baker – Project Manager (Co-Founder – The Stove Network)
Kevin Reid – Creative Producer
Stacy Bradley and Mike Staples (D+G Small Communities Housing Trust) – Project Development
Mel Carruthers – Society Secretary, Administrator/Coordinator
Kirstin McEwan – Press, PR and Marketing
The Board of the Community Benefit Society includes:
Scott Mackay – Chair (independent Town Planner)
Michael Moore – Treasurer (Youth Development Worker)
Mike Comerford – (Company Director, Board Member of the Stove Network)
Evie Copland – (Housing specialist)
Jordan Chisholm – (Independent Creative)
Alison Macleod – (Community Development Officer)
Hilary Grieve – (Solicitor)
Loreburn Community Council – Loreburn CC’s seat on the board is currently vacant pending their next meeting
Partners in the Midsteeple Quarter project include:
Community Shares Scotland
D+G Small Communities Housing Trust
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Loreburn Community Council
M. R. Rodger & Partners
NHS Dumfries and Galloway
Rosefield Mills Project
Scotland’s Towns Partnership
The Holywood Trust
The Stove Network
The University of the West of Scotland
* Midsteeple Quarter is the trading name of Dumfries High Street Limited, which is a community benefit society (regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) set up in April 2017 with the objects
“to carry on any business for the benefit of the community of Dumfries and Galloway by developing, managing and maintaining assets and initiatives within Dumfries. In particular but not exclusively to enhance the quality of life for inhabitants by bringing assets into community ownership.”
The purpose of a community benefit society is to serve the broader interests of the community, in contrast to co-operative societies that serve the interests of members. Community benefit societies are subject to the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 and are reliant on the guidance by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Thanks to great support and facilitation by the Stove Network and a range of other stakeholders Midsteeple Quarter has been able to develop into a community-led project that has the interest of creating a thriving Dumfries town centre at its heart.