What would you add to Dum­fries town cen­tre?

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Stephen Tem­lett

If you had the choice, what is the one thing you would add to Dum­fries town cen­tre to make it more ap­peal­ing?

It is a sub­ject which al­ways causes great de­bate among many peo­ple with shops, en­ter­tain­ment and hous­ing usu­ally top of the agenda.

Lee McQueen, 35, from Dum­fries, told us: “If I could add some­thing it would be more dif­fer­ent live venues.

“I’m not talk­ing about just pubs I mean more live mu­sic venues – things like spe­cial­ist venues. Things like that can re­ju­ve­nate a town cen­tre.

“We can’t just bring peo­ple into hous­ing in the town cen­tre if there’s noth­ing there for them.

“We need to bring some­thing a wee bit dif­fer­ent in. There was a vinyl records shop on the High Street. It was some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent but it didn’t last long. The coun­cil could help these places a lot more than they do.”

Peter Smith, 31, from Mouswald, said: “I’d like a mi­cro­brew­ery with a lo­cal brewer and they could of­fer peo­ple tasters.

“There are a lot of towns in Scot­land that do it but Dum­fries is one that doesn’t have it.

“Another thing I’d have to say is a proper good res­tau­rant ac­tu­ally on the High Street.

“There are lots of them just off the main street and down the Ven­nel and Bank Street but there isn’t ac­tu­ally one on the High Street.”

Re­cently the coun­cil has looked into the prospect of bring­ing in spe­cial mar­kets to try to in­crease foot­fall in the town cen­tre. A new night­club plan hit the buf­fers re­cently.

How­ever, for some the sit­u­a­tion was more straight­for­ward.

Sheila Richard­son, 65, from Dum­fries, said: “I would have to say shops; that’s the main thing for me.

“I ac­tu­ally think the town cen­tre has got worse over the years, there’s just less and less on it. More shops would bring more peo­ple in.

“I think the de­cline started with Binns – that was a real shocker. Then it went from there with Wool­worths and oth­ers.

“There’s not much point in com­ing up Dum­fries High Street.”

San­dra Quinn, 76, also from Dum­fries, said: “I think it’s get­ting bet­ter.

“I just want a bit more va­ri­ety from the shops in Dum­fries, to be hon­est.”

I just want more va­ri­ety from the shops in Dum­fries San­dra Quinn

Sheila Richard­son

Shops

Peter Smith

Mi­cro­brew­ery

Lee McQueen

Spe­cial­ist venues

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