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Transport summit being held in Dumfries

The region's roads were slammed in an Audit Scotland report Credit: ITV Border

Transport concerns in Dumfries and Galloway will be discussed at a summit today.

A report by Audit Scotland last week, found that only 50% of roads in the region were in an acceptable condition.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said it was investing millions into repairing the roads across the county.

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HSBC to close Windermere branch

HSBC will close its Windermere branch. Credit: PA

Banking giant HSBC has announced it will close its Windermere branch.

The doors will shut on 21 October with the bank claiming it is not commercially viable for it to stay open.

Customers will now have to travel to Kendal for the nearest branch, a journey of around 20 minutes by car.

Local MP Tim Farron has urged HSBC to reconsider the planned closure.

When HSBC’s Ambleside branch closed in 2012, we were told customers would be moved to Windermere. Now they will be shunted all the way to Kendal. Elderly residents want to be able to nip in to their local branch, not spend hours on the bus simply to access their savings.

Banks must consider the needs of the local community before cutting ties with the areas they are supposed to serve.

– Tim Farron MP

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Call for action plan for Dumfries town centre

Dumfries town centre Credit: ITV Border

Members of Loreburn Community Council are calling on Dumfries and Galloway Council to put together an urgent action plan for the town centre.

Councillors Niall Cowan and Noel Hastings carried out a brief survey of the town centre to assess the number of empty shops, the cleanliness of the streets, the potential for housing and rateable values of properties.

Following their findings, they're asking Dumfries and Galloway Council to work with them to create an urgent action plan which they say will improve the town centre and encourage more people to spend money in Dumfries.

"It was noted that many properties in the High Street have space above the shops that could, with a degree of sympathy from planners, be turned into much needed housing.

"The survey carried out a count of the properties in the town centre and found around 74 to be empty.

"The High Street badly needs some atmosphere, some hustle and bustle in the evening to bring people in and create the much needed night time economy. "

– Niall Cowan, Lorebrun Community Council

Cumbrian entrepreneurs prepare to pitch at world record attempt

Jonathan Lowe, right, talking to ITV Border's Katie Hunter Credit: ITV Border

Two Cumbrian entrepreneurs are preparing to pitch their business ideas in London, as part of a world record attempt.

Rebecca Hanson from 'Authentic Maths' is a mathematician who's developed a system to help teach a new curriculum for primary school children, while Jonathan Lowe co-created an online game called Geo Hitch.

They're among 160 entrepreneurs pitching back-to-back during 29 hours as part of Virgin's Voom business competition:

I guess people would recognise it as being a bit like Dragon's Den but I'm told it's much friendlier and they're interested in businesses that they totally believe in.

– Rebecca Hanson, Authentic Maths

I'm quietly confident in terms of the pitch itself. We're very passionate here about the product itself and what it can do so hopefully the pitch shouldn't be too difficult.

– Jonathan Lowe, GeoHitch

Watch Katie Hunter's full report here.

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