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Full report: War veterans win fight against council

A group of war veterans are claiming victory after one of their toughest battles - this time against their local authority.

Dumfries and Galloway Council wanted to build parking spaces around the War Memorial in Moffat.

However, it had not taken into consideration the fighting spirit of former servicemen.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Veterans claim victory in war memorial parking row

A group of war veterans who have been campaigning to save the area surrounding Moffat's war memorial claim they have won their fight against the council.

Dumfries and Galloway Council were planning to create 12 parking spaces next to the memorial as part of a redevelopment.

The veterans, who said that this would be disrespectful to their fallen comrades, are now claiming that the council has made a u-turn on the decision.


Businesses see red over council paint row

Pete and Cyn Downham outside the front door of their shop "Fairy Croft" Credit: ITV News Border

Two businesses inn south-west Scotland are fuming after their councils complained about the exterior façade of their buildings.

Pete and Cyn Downham have been warned that their shop front door in Moffat contains too many colours and is not in keeping with the town’s conservation area.

The couple say that more than 1,000 people have signed a petition in support of their “Fairy Croft” shop door and say they are often complimented on the bright exterior.

In a separate case, owners of a Dumfries restaurant say their business could be at risk if they are made to change the paint on the outside of their building.

Owners of “Mississippi Grill House”, Craig Deman and Robert McAleese, say that replacing the current green paint with a more subtle colour, as suggested by council planners, could cost them around £10,000.

They are also worried that having a lot of scaffolding outside of the restaurant in order to carry out the work could deter potential customers.

Dumfries and Galloway council say that the current paintwork is not in keeping with conservation rules.

Moffat "supper" gran still frying at 90

Bettina Dawson Credit: ITV News Border

A 90-year-old chip shop worker from Dumfries and Galloway is thought to be the world's longest-serving chip shop worker.

Bettina Dawson, who still works six nights a week, has served around half a million fish suppers in her 77 years of working at The Moffat Chippy.

Mrs Dawson started helping her parents out behind the counter in 1936 and apart from working at a munitions factory during the second world war, she has worked there ever since.


Full report: Group of servicemen campaign for war memorial

A group of former servicemen are trying to prevent the area around a war memorial being turned into car parking.

The veterans have been protesting in the centre of Moffat today.

They say a council plan to build 12 parking spaces is disrespectful to their fallen comrades.

Dumfries and Galloway Council says the move will encourage visitors to come to the market town.

Matthew Taylor reports:

War veterans campaign in Moffat

The group of former servicemen campaigning against the parking plans Credit: ITV News Border

A group of former servicemen have been protesting in Moffat against the creation of car parking spaces that they say it is disrespectful to their fallen comrades.

War veterans paying tribute to fallen comrades at the memorial 90 years ago Credit: ITV News Border
The war memorial as it stands today Credit: ITV News Border

"It brings back memories" says war veteran

A group of former servicemen are trying to prevent the area around a war memorial being turned into car parking.

The veterans, some aged in their nineties, have been protesting in the centre of Moffat.

They say a council plan to build 12 parking spaces is disrepectful to their fallen comrades.

Archie Wilson, who served with the 7th Battalion the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, says that he uses the memorial to reflect on his time spent fighting for his country:

Veteran leads war memorial campaign

An 85-year-old war veteran is leading a camping to stop the Moffat war memorial being surrounded by parking spaces.

Billy Duncan is against an application lodged with Dumfries and Galloway Council requesting twelve parking spaces to be assigned around the memorial.

Mr Duncan believes that the parking spaces will restrict the ability for armed forces parades and is highly disrespectful to fallen soldiers.

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