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. "
On Sunday, families are being asked to spend the day from start to finish without any technology. It's part of National Unplugging Day after warnings that digital distractions are harming children's health and social skills. Kate Walby reports.
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.
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.
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News that cigarettes sold in the UK will have to have plain packaging has been welcomed by Cumbria County Council.
From this Friday tobacco products will have green packaging with visual health warnings. The council's public health experts say it'll protect future generations from the effects of smoking.
A dairy farm in Dumfries and Galloway which sells milk directly to customers rather than supermarkets is holding an open day.
Roan's Dairy, in Dalbeattie, is staging the event to show consumers how they produce milk and operate their business.
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More than 600 people have signed a petition opposing government cuts that could lead to the closure of a Cockermouth pharmacy.
JWW Allison say the planned £170million reduction in NHS funding for community pharmacies puts its future at risk.
The petition is part of a national campaign organised by the National Pharmacy Association calling on people to sign petitions and appeal to their MPs for support.
In a letter to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee outlining the cuts, the Department of Health argued savings can be made without reducing the quality of service community pharmacies provide.
But the National Pharmacy Association say the proposals are 'jumbled and misguided' and will put more pressure on GPs.
"With the radical cuts proposed to community pharmacy funding by the Government, the public will be rightly concerned about the future availability of the services upon which they have come to depend.
"The petition provides the perfect opportunity to give a voice to these concerns and push back against these harmful and dangerous cuts."
Insurance companies say they'll work with sports clubs in Carlisle to try to provide cover after the floods.
Several clubs in Carlisle fear they may not be able to get any flood insurance in the future.
Carlisle Rugby and Squash clubs, and Chatsworth Tennis Club, were all badly flooded in December 2015, having previously been flooded ten years earlier.
Insurers are acutely aware that sports clubs need insurance to continue to survive and will work with them to, wherever possible, ensure that they can continue to offer not just flooding insurance but flooding insurance at premiums that their customers can actually afford."
Businesses in Keswick have gathered almost 4,000 signatures on a petition asking Allerdale Borough Council not to raise car parking charges.Read the full story ›