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LABOUR WINS CONCESSIONS OVER WHITESANDS PLANS

At today’s (Tuesday 10 September) meeting of the Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee, Labour councillors were given 2 key concessions about the proposed plans for the Whitesands Flood Prevention scheme.

The Labour Group asked that the Committee agree for a report on car parking that set out clear alternative car park provision in order to replace the spaces being removed in a way that provides replacement car parking to support the footfall of businesses within the Whitesands area.  The group also requested that the council consult further with the residence of the Dock Park area over any final designs for the area.  In both cases, the committee agreed to support these proposals.

Nith Councillor, John Martin, said:

“This report left too many decisions to council officials, instead of to elected members.”

“I welcome the agreement to produce a strategy on the issue of cark parking.  From the report which was presented to the Committee, it is clear that the aim was simply to say that there are plenty of parking spaces in other parts of the towns.  This is of no use to the traders in the Whitesands.  By commissioning a specific parking strategy, we can identify real alternative car parking provision that will put both local retailers and local shopper’s minds at rest.  We cannot allow a project like this to fail simply because the Council dismisses legitimate concerns of the public and traders.”

“I also welcome the agreement to further consultations with the residents of the Dock Park/Linden Grove area and that we will receive a further report on the outcome of that consultation.  It is important we hear what the public want.”

“The Labour Group, supports this major redevelopment project in principal, but appreciate that it will permanently change the riverside and we need to listen to local people.”

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