Dock park restoration begins

Work has begun on the £2 million revamp of the Dock Park in Dumfries.

The restoration work is will include creating a new entrance to the park, an overhaul of the bandstand and improving the child play areas.

Local councillors Colin Smythe and John Martin have been campaigning for the council to restore the park, after what they call years of neglect and vandalism.

The work is being funded by Dumfries and Galloway council, along with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"For a long time we have been inundated by fed up local residents reporting the latest vandalism in the park and it really is in a sorry state.

"This announcement is great news not only for everyone who uses the park, but in particular local residents who have had to look on at first hand at the way the park has declined in recent years.

"The council have a habit of dithering when it comes to big projects so we will be keeping the pressure on to ensure that work on the Dock Park is completed as soon as possible.

"The fact that part of the restoration will include CCTV cameras is also positive as there is no point spending nearly £2 million on the park, only to see it suffer more vandalism when the work is done."

– Councillor John Martin, Nith ward