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Call for action plan for Dumfries town centre

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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

Cumbrian business leaders hear from economy experts

Business leaders from across Cumbria have been hearing about the state of the global economy at a special lecture organised by the University of Cumbria.

It was part of the university's aim to share knowledge and expertise by bringing business experts to the county.

"It's really important because we're a regional university but we are globally connected and anything we can do to elevate global issues to our business community and to our students is vitally important."

– Sandra Booth, University of Cumbria

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WATCH: New training facility for west Cumbria

A new multi-million pound training facility is to be built in west Cumbria. It will be the biggest of its kind in the UK and allow training company Gen 2 to double the number of apprentices and other learners it can train.

The investment is designed to cope with a growing demand for skilled workers, particularly in the nuclear industry as plans progress for three new reactors at Moorside near Sellafield.

Call to tweak haggis recipe for US export market

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The recipe for haggis should be "tweaked" to get round a decades-old ban on the food in the US, Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary has said.

Richard Lochhead, who will be in the US this week, said selling Scottish haggis to the Americans would be worth millions to the Scottish economy.

Haggis imports have been outlawed in the US since 1971. The country's food standards agency prohibits sheep lungs - one of the key ingredients - in food products.

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