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'A Scotland/England border would be very disturbing'

Farmers in Dumfries and Galloway have been giving their reactions to the EU referendum vote and the future of their industry.

Dumfries auction mart director John Thomson said that the thought of a border between Scotland and England would be very disturbing for farmers.

Farmers were at a livestock sale in Dumfries, one of the first to take place since the the outcome of last week's vote.

Most said they were unsure about the impact it would have on farming but they wouldn't support the idea of a second independence referendum for Scotland.

Call for action plan for Dumfries town centre

Dumfries town centre Credit: ITV Border

Members of Loreburn Community Council are calling on Dumfries and Galloway Council to put together an urgent action plan for the town centre.

Councillors Niall Cowan and Noel Hastings carried out a brief survey of the town centre to assess the number of empty shops, the cleanliness of the streets, the potential for housing and rateable values of properties.

Following their findings, they're asking Dumfries and Galloway Council to work with them to create an urgent action plan which they say will improve the town centre and encourage more people to spend money in Dumfries.

"It was noted that many properties in the High Street have space above the shops that could, with a degree of sympathy from planners, be turned into much needed housing.

"The survey carried out a count of the properties in the town centre and found around 74 to be empty.

"The High Street badly needs some atmosphere, some hustle and bustle in the evening to bring people in and create the much needed night time economy. "

– Niall Cowan, Lorebrun Community Council

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