Big money spent badly

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

Sir – Here in Dum­fries we have a leisure cen­tre (not yet open ) cost­ing around £30mil­lion; a new school cost­ing £22mil­lion (shut for re­pairs ), an ed­u­ca­tion hub (what­ever that is) cost­ing £11mil­lion and a pro­posed pile of rocks, grass and soil on the White­sands cost­ing up­wards of £25mil­lion.

What on earth is go­ing on? The coun­cil blames aus­ter­ity for cuts in ba­sic ser­vices but last week a coun­cil em­ployee was spray­ing in­vis­i­ble weeds out­side Marks & Spencer, and that same day I saw an­other trim­ming the edges of the play­park in Lochar­briggs.

Dum­fries town cen­tre has re­cently won ac­co­lades for its flo­ral dis­plays (mainly the ef­fort of pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als ) and yet ar­eas away from the cen­tre are a dis­grace.

The round­about into Heath­hall es­tate is an over­grown, rub­bish and weed-in­fested mess.

It gets a to­ken rough cut about once a year but re­ally needs proper tid­ing up.

Wil­liam McNally Auchenkeld Av­enue Heath­hall

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