Time to bring in new batch of councillors
Sir – After reading the letter from Cedric Kimm (August 31), I agree with him it’s time for a change in the councillors as they have, in my opinion, ruined one of the best towns in the south west.
He’s correct in what he says – the bigname shops are either leaving or have left. Next wanted to remain in the town but only wanted to move to an out-of-town site with better parking facilities and who could blame them for that?
Then there’s the entertainment for the town. No decent swimming pool, no cinema, no bowling, nor a venue for big-name acts. Instead, people are now having to go further for a good night out like Carlisle, Glasgow or even Manchester.
Mr Kimm is right in that Dumfries is dying on its feet and it’s disgusting that the council and councillors are allowing it to happen.
As for health and safety, in my opinion, this council don’t care about the people. To them, it’s all about saving money.
Yes, I agree it should be, but not when it comes to safety.
We only need to read the headlines in the Standard and on social media on some of the projects the council have handled and they are all shocking to read – the swimming pool and the new campus.
And they want to be set loose on the Whitesands – scary!
I myself have been fighting with them about the crossing in Lochmaben for some time now and the problems it causes. Don’t get me wrong, we do need a crossing, but a proper one, not one in my opinion done on the cheap again.
The flashing school signs are so high on the pole that you need to be in a truck to see them and there are no safety rails to stop children running out on to the very busy A709. But again, they can’t put them up as the crossing is in the wrong place.
What people don’t know is, the crossing is on the wrong side of the junction as drivers coming out would look right and when they move off are straight on to the crossing and putting safety rails up would restrict drivers view.
Also, across the road at the surgery the crossing obstructs what is an emergency access route for the school should there ever be a fire. Again, the lane is so overgrown no vehicles could get down it.
When I’ve met with officers from the roads department, they didn’t want to know. That also goes for our MSP and MP who appear to have washed their hands of it.
The crossing also has double yellow lines, and for some reason, some people think it’s okay to park there even on the pavement that is part of the crossing.
So again, I’m with Mr Kimm. Reinstating traffic wardens would be a good thing, even if it’s just to deter what I would say here in Lochmaben is an accident waiting to happen. Name and address supplied
Health and safety concerns The new North West Community Campus in Dumfries cited as example