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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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Dairy farm to showcase milk production

Roan's diary farm sells milk directly to customers instead of supermarkets Credit: Roan's Dairy

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.

Hundreds sign Cockermouth petition opposing pharmacy funding cuts

JWW Allison pharmacy in Cockermouth Credit: ITV Border

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.

The petition at JWW Allison Credit: ITV Border

"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."

– Rob Darracott, Pharmacy Voice chief executive
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