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Kier Construction responds to Council

DG One Leisure Complex Credit: ITV Border

Kier Construction has released the following response to the statement from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The statement has been agreed between Dumfries & Galloway Council and Kier:

Kier has met with Dumfries & Galloway Council for mediation discussions.

Under the rules guiding this mediation we are unable to make any further comment until this process is concluded.”

– Kier Construction

Council: 'The complexity of the project means that this has been a time consuming exercise'

DG One Leisure Complex Credit: ITV Border

The latest report on the progress of works being carried out and the detailed project programme will be presented to Full Council on 19 October 2015.

The complexity of the project means that this has been a time consuming exercise, not just through the planning of remedial works but also through the accompanying legal case against the original contractor, Keir Construction.

As will be appreciated, the Council is working to have all strands of the project and accompanying legal case in place before taking any decisions on the way forward.

This will form the basis of a robust case, ensuring that we are in the best possible position to recover all costs relating to the building and subsequent closure of the site.

The temporary facilities that have been put in place to ensure no loss of service for DGOne customers have been a resounding success, with around 71,700 visits to the pool at the Ice Bowl. These facilities will remain in place for as long as they are required.

We anticipate that work will begin on the DGOne site as soon as possible after the Council makes a decision.

– Dumfries and Galloway Council spokesperson



Volunteers save flower beds in Dumfries and Galloway

Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

A number of groups and individuals have come forward to take over the management of flower beds in Wigtownshire.

Dumfries and Galloway Council appealed for volunteers after savings meant it could no longer maintain the beds.

The following organisations will now look after the following areas:

  • Port Rodie Roundabout - Tesco, Stranraer
  • Market Street - Stranraer BID’s
  • Springwell Road Corner - YMCA, Apex and Morrisons
  • Stoneykirk Road Verges - Wigtownshire Chamber of Commerce and Logan Botanic Gardens

In addition to all of the above, Seaforth Nurseries are also supporting the projects.

Chair of the Wigtown Area Committee, Councillor Marion McCutcheon stated:

“We were overwhelmed with the response from both organisations and individuals in relation to this consultation and their offers to take over the planting and management of the various flower beds within Stranraer.

We are also heartened to see so many groups working together in partnership with each other to plant and maintain displays within these bedding areas."

– Councillor Marion McCutcheon

Dumfries and Galloway's flower beds need you

The flower bed on Market street is one of those affected Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway council is asking for your help.

As part of the Council’s savings measures, it has reduced the number of flower bedding areas that it maintains across the region.

The following beds will be affected:

  • Market Street
  • Port Rodie Roundabout
  • Springwell Road Corner
  • Stoneykirk Road Verges

The Council says it needs community volunteers to help with the on-going planting and maintenance of these beds, otherwise it will have to remove them and grass the areas over.

“We look forward to working with organisations and individuals within our community to ensure that we can, at this time of savings, work together to provide opportunities to make our flower beds as attractive as possible”.

– Marion McCutcheon, Chair of the Wigtown Area Committee
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