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Volunteers save flower beds in Dumfries and Galloway

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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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More than 100 women hold meeting over equal pay claims

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More than one hundred women in Dumfries and Galloway say they haven't been paid the money they're due following an equal pay claim.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that women who worked for Dumfries and Galloway Council could take forward a claim for compensation on the basis that they had been paid less than male workers doing comparable jobs.

Most of the women that were involved are teaching assistants or special needs assistants.

Campaigners celebrating over the Supreme Court ruling two years ago Credit: ITV Border

Some women have since received compensation of up to £15,000.

But the council says the time limit has now passed for further claims.

Those who haven't received anything yet are meeting in Dumfries this evening.

Council says there is 'no reason' for fly-tipping

A steep increase in fines for fly-tipping in Scotland appears to have had little effect in Dumfries and Galloway, according to the local authority.

The introduction of a £200 fixed fine - up from £80 previously - reduced incidents of fly-tipping by just 3% last year.

Dumfries and Galloway council is launching a campaign to make people more aware, and says there is no need to dump rubbish illegally as the region has many recycling centres available.

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Fly-tipping causing problems in Dumfries and Galloway

An example of a fly tipping site Credit: PA

Dumfries and Galloway Council is urging people to use its household waste recycling centres rather than driving "miles out into the countryside" to fly-tip their rubbish.

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish onto land that isn’t supposed to be used for that purpose.

It is becoming an increasing problem in the area and the council is appealing for people to use one of its twelve centres located in the region instead.

Budget plans will 'change Dumfries and Galloway for the better'

The budget plans agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council will “change Dumfries and Galloway for the better” according to Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson.

The proposals agreed at Full Council today include a commitment to deliver Dumfries and Galloway’s first ever anti-poverty strategy, backed up by a £1m per year anti- poverty fund and proposals to work with the Council’s contractors to roll out the Living Wage across the region.

But opponents of the budget are concerned about the cuts to learning support included in the plans.

Fifty-two learning assistant jobs are set to go as part of an attempt to make £32 million worth of savings over the next three years.

The council says it has set aside £500,000 for a review of learning support services.

Council to cut learning support jobs

Parents of those who benefit from additional needs services expressed concern over the cuts when they were proposed Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway Council has approved its budget for 2015/16 to 2017/18.

It has decided to cut 52 learning support jobs in an effort to make savings of £32 million.

Parents throughout the county have expressed concern over these cuts, with the Scottish Children's Commissioner writing a letter yesterday that called for a delay to the decision.

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