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Have your say on fire station closure plan

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A public-drop in session is being held for people to give their views on plans to close Staveley fire station.

Cumbria County Council has put forward proposals to close five fire stations across the county including Staveley in a bid to save more than £300,000.

The council says adequate cover can be provided from other fire stations and the five at risk of closure are no longer needed but the Fire Brigades Union argue closures could put lives at risk.

?The consultation event is being held at Staveley Village Hall on Tuesday 8 December, from 12 noon to 7pm and will provide an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and give comments and feedback on the proposals.

Comments can also be made on the county council’s website at

The consultation runs until Friday 22 January.


£1million Gretna revamp to start next month

Central Avenue, Gretna Credit: ITV Border

A £1million revamp of Gretna's Central Avenue is set to get underway early in the new year.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has appointed a contractor to carry out the work that will include a new garden for the register office, improved car parking and revamping of pavements and paths.

The scheme is part of the Gretna Masterplan, which was adopted following extensive consultation in 2008, and identified the need to define the area around Central Avenue and Kirtle Place as the town centre.

"The vision for this project is to revitalise this central space to give it a 'garden village' feel. Quality materials will be used throughout creating a much more pleasant area. I am delighted this ambitious regeneration project has been given the go ahead, when complete, it will physically link several green spaces and be a far more attractive place for locals and visitors to spend time. I also believe that through this investment in the infrastructure the local economy will prosper and businesses in the vicinity will benefit through increased footfall as a result of the revitalisation.

“This project has taken a long time to come to fruition and I understand that some people will be inconvenienced while the work is taking place, but I think the end product of a revitalised, clean and pleasant High Street and surrounding area for people to enjoy will be worth it. Gretna needs investment and I am pleased the council has worked with us to get this project underway”

– Councillor Craig Peacock, Vice Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee

The scheme is due to be completed towards the end of next year.

Central Avenue, Gretna Credit: ITV Border
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