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Dumfries flooding 'masterplan' debate

A council meeting is being held to discuss the future of flood defences for Dumfries Whitesands.

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Flood masterplan would 'regenerate Dumfries Whitesands' says councillor

The Whitesands in Dumfries is often flooded when the river Nith swells Credit: ITV Border

Nith Ward Councillor John Martin said:

"I think most people will be quite pleased with the rough proposals in the masterplan. It would help regenerate the Whitesands area.

"In the long term the proposals for the wider town centre would also make a real difference to regenerating Dumfries. But there is a real difference between a consultants report and implementation.

"Until we see bricks being laid on the ground, local residents and businesses will be skeptical about whether this will actually happen".

Shop owners on the Whitesands have spent years campaigning for flood defences Credit: ITV Border

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