Whitesands flood plans on display

Plans to prevent flooding along the Whitesands in Dumfries are on display.

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Full report: £10m flood defences for Dumfries

A £10 million scheme to solve the flooding problem in Dumfries and re-design part of the town has gone on display.

The plans involve building a grassed bank along the Whitesands area, that would prevent the River Nith from flooding shops and businesses.

It has been a problem for decades, and many are relieved that at last something will be put in place, but some are worried it will cut the number of parking spaces.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Public encouraged to look at regeneration plans

The Whitesands Project plans on display to the public Credit: ITV News Border

People in Dumfries have been taking a look at plans to regenerate the Whitesands area of the town.

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 10th September.

Nith Ward Councillor Colin Smyth is hoping the event has a good turnout:

"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."

The event is open from 11am to 8pm today and tomorrow at 135/139 High Street, Dumfries.

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