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LOCAL RESIDENTS URGED TO VISIT WHITESANDS DROP IN EVENT

Nith Ward Labour Councillors Colin Smyth and John Martin are urging local residents to go along to a Drop in Event on plans for the proposed Whitesands Flood Prevention scheme.

The Whitesands Project Drop in Event is open from 11 am to 8 pm on Wednesday 21 August and Thursday 22 August at the former Bakers Oven at 135/139 High Street, Dumfries.  A drop-in event the emerging proposals will be exhibited and members of the design team will be on hand to discuss the project in detail. All comments received at the drop in event will be recorded and considered in a report to the ‘Planning, Housing and Environment Services’ Committee on 10 September, 2013, where the detailed proposals for phase 1 of the project, including timescales and costings, will go before councillors on the Committee.

Nith Ward Councillor and Labour Group Spokesperson on Planning Housing and Environment Services Colin Smyth said

 “I would encourage people to go along to the drop in event, as I know many local residents and business people have a lot of questions about the proposals. People will be keen to see the latest designs which appear to be taking shape. However, it is important that the council outlines a clear timescale for when work will actually begin on the flood prevention measures and have discussions with the Scottish Government to ensure that funding is put in place. We also need a proper car parking strategy put in place to compensate for the loss of parking if and when the Whitesands proposals go ahead. The council has a history of producing lots of glossy documents when it comes to the regeneration of Dumfries but none see the light of day and become a reality. Hopefully this time the plans will turn into action and we tackle the flooding problem once and for all”.

Fellow Nith Ward Councillor John Martin added,

“I think most people will be quite pleased with the rough proposals in the masterplan but will want to see the more detailed designs at the drop in event. If implemented, the flood prevention scheme will tackle 1 in 25 years floods and will also really help regenerate the Whitesands area. However, I am sure that until we see bricks being laid on the ground, local residents and business people will still be skeptical”.

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