Dumfries flood defence scheme

There are mixed feelings from businesses in the Whitesands area of Dumfries over a new flood defence scheme planned for the area.

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Cafe owner says flood plans are "a waste of money"

"I saw a film, and it was horse and carts in those days, so obviously it's been going on for years and years, so you're not going to stop it all entirely anyway so why spend all that money?

"We don't like getting flooded, we moan about getting flooded and we want something done about it, but if you want the honest truth sometimes you wish for something and if you wish hard enough it can destroy you sometimes in a way."

"I think it's a waste of money, the money they're proposing to spend on it. OK we don't like getting flooded, but I would rather be flooded once or twice over a period of time and lose a days business because I'm probably going to lose my business altogether if they go ahead and do what they propose to do."

– Willie Potts, owner of Piccolo Cafe in Dumfries

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Businesses worried about proposed plans

The river Nith often bursts its banks throughout the winter Credit: ITV News Border

New flood defence plans were displayed in Dumfries town centre in August, after years of campaigning from local businesses.

However, the plans were met by mixed reactions with some businesses worried that the new scheme could deter people from visiting the town.

For example, the council were proposing to cut the number of car parking spaces to make way for new flood defences.

The river Nith often bursts its banks during the winter months, with many shopfronts suffering extensive damage as a result.

Local businesses have suffered extensive damage from flooding over the years Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries flood defence scheme proves controversial

Archive picture of the Whitesands flooding Credit: Scottish Screen Archive

There are mixed feelings from businesses in the Whitesands area of Dumfries over a new flood defence scheme planned for the area.

The Whitesands has been hit by flooding since before the second world war. These pictures show the first ever record of the devastation it caused back in 1936.

The river Nith as it burst its banks Credit: Scottish Screen Archive

It is hoped a new £10 million scheme will alleviate some of the problems, but there are worries about the economic impact it will have on the area.

The high river under the Devorgilla bridge Credit: Scottish Screen Archive
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