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Record business innovation

BUSINESS innovation is at an all-time high in Dumfries and Galloway with more money being spent every year by firms on research and development projects.

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Get coughs checked

PEOPLE in Dumfries and Galloway who have been coughing for three weeks or more are being urged to make an appointment with their GP as part of a new campaign launched by the Scottish Government’s Detect Cancer Early programme.

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MAKEOVER . . . a crowd-funding project is being proposed to restore the fountain in Dumfries High Street

£1m grant secures Dumfries jobs

A NEAR £1m Scottish Enterprise Grant has helped to secure around 70 jobs at a Dumfries manufacturing plant.

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Shocking child poverty stats

A NEW report by the Scottish Government has shown that levels of child poverty in Dumfries and Galloway are among the worst in Scotland.

CAMPUS VISIT . . . left to right: Councillor David McKie, Colin Smyth MSP and Councillor Ronnie Nicholson see work being carried out at the new North West Campus in Lochside

MSP asks for more Learning Town funds

A COMMITMENT is being sought from the Scottish Government to fund phase two of the Dumfries Learning Town project.

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Public inquiry agreed into £25m flood scheme

THE WHITESANDS flood project in Dumfries is to face scrutiny by The Scottish Government — after deciding to hold a public local inquiry.

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Flood objectors offered support in ‘Sands fight

AN OFFER of support is being extended to the 344 people who have formally objected to a £25 million Whitesands flood defence project.

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Public enquiry to consider Whitesands flood scheme

A £25 MILLION Whitesands scheme which Labour now concede likely lost them votes is heading to a public enquiry.


VIDEO: Today in Holyrood with Charles Fletcher

Caledonia Media’s Charles Fletcher brings DnG24 readers all the latest political news direct from his base at the Scottish Parliament in Today in Holyrood.

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Welcome business rates cut fuels economic decline fears

FALLS OF more than 50-per-cent in rateable values of some Dumfries retail premises have raised questions about the state of the town centre economy.


Homes plan for Lockerbie ‘eyesore’ sites

AN eyesore former school site and derelict factory in Lockerbie could be transformed into housing estates, as part of a region-wide homes boost.


£2.9m funding targeted at ‘fairer’ education

THERE has been a £2.9 million boost for selected schools across Dumfries and Galloway aimed at improving the education of disadvantaged children.


Outdoor poultry ban extended

POULTRY owners will have to keep their flocks inside after a ban on them venturing outdoors was extended for a further month.

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Be ready for anything

AS the weather starts to get colder it is important that Dumfriesshire residents get prepared now rather than waiting until extreme weather affects them and others in the community.

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Shock as council faces £21.1m budget savings

A MASSIVE £21.1 million of savings will be required in next year’s Dumfries and Galloway Council budget.


£224m for home energy advice

A NEW fuel poverty scheme, backed by up to £224 million from the Scottish Government, will help hundreds of people locally heat their homes.

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Emergency centre poised for launch

A TEAM tasked with ensuring best practice nationally in dealing with major emergencies could begin work at Dumfries by March.

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Calls for action on rents

RISING rents in the private sector must be tackled, according to Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray.

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