South Scotland

Whitesands flood plans seek priority status

Dumfries flooding
Image caption There have been repeated problems in the Whitesands area over the years

A bid is being made to secure priority status for a £10m prevention project at a flood-prone riverside in southern Scotland.

The plans would see a landscaped, grass banking built on the Whitesands in Dumfries to act as a barrier to protect shops and other business premises.

There have been repeated problems in the area when the River Nith overflows.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is being asked to identify the scheme as a priority in its investment strategy.

Planning committee councillors have recommended the move to their counterparts on the local authority's policy committee.

Opposition Labour councillors sought a commitment that adequate alternative provision is made within the Whitesands flood protection project to compensate for the loss of car parking along the riverside.

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