Time to bring in new batch of coun­cil­lors

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

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

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