– Jacquie Brown, owner of Jaquie's salon in Dumfries
"I think it will be excellent for Dumfries, and hopefully put the Whitesands back where it should be, as a pinnacle part of the town centre, and the Chandalese approach that we have with the trees and people rather than cars, I think will be very positive."
"I saw a film, and it was horse and carts in those days, so obviously it's been going on for years and years, so you're not going to stop it all entirely anyway so why spend all that money?
"We don't like getting flooded, we moan about getting flooded and we want something done about it, but if you want the honest truth sometimes you wish for something and if you wish hard enough it can destroy you sometimes in a way."
– Willie Potts, owner of Piccolo Cafe in Dumfries
"I think it's a waste of money, the money they're proposing to spend on it. OK we don't like getting flooded, but I would rather be flooded once or twice over a period of time and lose a days business because I'm probably going to lose my business altogether if they go ahead and do what they propose to do."
New flood defence plans were displayed in Dumfries town centre in August, after years of campaigning from local businesses.
However, the plans were met by mixed reactions with some businesses worried that the new scheme could deter people from visiting the town.
For example, the council were proposing to cut the number of car parking spaces to make way for new flood defences.
The river Nith often bursts its banks during the winter months, with many shopfronts suffering extensive damage as a result.
There are mixed feelings from businesses in the Whitesands area of Dumfries over a new flood defence scheme planned for the area.
The Whitesands has been hit by flooding since before the second world war. These pictures show the first ever record of the devastation it caused back in 1936.
It is hoped a new £10 million scheme will alleviate some of the problems, but there are worries about the economic impact it will have on the area.
Planners in Dumfries say they are working on ways to improve the £10 million flood defence scheme in the town, after fears from traders it could put off shoppers.
Many shop owners along the Whitesands say the current plans, which could reduce parking, will have an impact on their businesses.
A £10 million scheme to solve the flooding problem in Dumfries and re-design part of the town has gone on display.
The plans involve building a grassed bank along the Whitesands area, that would prevent the River Nith from flooding shops and businesses.
It has been a problem for decades, and many are relieved that at last something will be put in place, but some are worried it will cut the number of parking spaces.
Matthew Taylor reports:
People in Dumfries have been taking a look at plans to regenerate the Whitesands area of the town.
All comments received at the drop in-event will be recorded and considered in a report to the 'Planning, Housing and Environment Services' Committee on 10th September.
Nith Ward Councillor Colin Smyth is hoping the event has a good turnout:
"I would encourage people to go along to the drop in event, as I know many local residents and business people have a lot of questions about the proposals.
"People will be keen to see the latest designs which appear to be taking shape
"However, it is important that the council outlines a clear timescale for when work will actually begin on the flood prevention measures and have discussions with the Scottish Government to ensure that funding is put in place."
The event is open from 11am to 8pm today and tomorrow at 135/139 High Street, Dumfries.
Plans to prevent flooding along the Whitesands in Dumfries are going on display to the public today.
The area regularly floods during the Winter months and local businesses have been campaigning for a flood prevention scheme for years.
Designs have also been drawn up to regenerate the area.
Business owners in Dumfries say a third summer of road chaos in the town is killing trade.
Scottish Water today started a four month long programme of street works replacing pipes and drains.
Andy Burn reports:
Traders in Dumfries say a third summer of roadworks in the town could be the "death knell" for small shops.
Scottish Water has started four months of work replacing pipes and drains in the town's streets.
It means diversions for motorists and restricted access to parking and shops.
Andy Burn reports: