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Scotland's free youth music festival returns to Dumfries

The Youth Beatz festival will return to Dumfries this year Credit: Youth Beatz

Scotland's largest free music youth event returns to Dumfries this year.

The Youth Beatz music festival attracts an audience of 12,000 people and features some of the country's most high profile artists.

Previous acts include Professor Green, Cascada, James Arthur, Amelia Lily, Tinchy Stryder, Emma's Imagination, Alexandra Burke, Chipmunk, Wagner, and N-Dubz.

This year, it will take place at Dock Park in Dumfries from 1pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, 12 August.

The festival aims to provide young people between the ages of 12 and 25, with a safe environment where they can gain information on a range of youth services available to them.

It also aims to promote skills development, build confidence and self-esteem, and foster community spirit and civic pride.

It is managed through a partnership led by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Muckletoon adventure trails to take over Dumfries & Galloway

Muckletoon Adventure Festival returns to Langholm for its fifth year Credit: ITV Border

The Muckletoon Adventure Festival will be returning to Dumfries and Galloway for its fifth year, attracting over 1,000 people.

Attractions include a 30km mountain bike trail as well as walking and running events.

The festival is set to take place between Friday 16th and Sunday 18th Junes.

It is part-funded by the Dumfries and Galloway Council through their Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2014-2018

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Celebrate Love Parks Week in Dumfries & Galloway

Dock Park in Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

If you do anything this week visit your local park - that's the message from Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Love Parks Week 2016 runs until 24 July and people are being urged to mark the event by getting out and about in their local park.

“During Love Parks Week, we are encouraging people to go and visit their local park – familiarise yourself with what is on your doorstep. We are lucky to have so many beautiful, open, green spaces here in Dumfries and Galloway. We want people to enjoy, take pride and fall in love with their local park.”

– Cllr John Martin, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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

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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
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