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Dumfries and West
Fountain FOI shared with  public

A FREEDOM of information request has revealed that consultants are being paid £46,282 for their advice on the restoration of the Dumfries fountain.

Former council leader John Dowson asked the local authority for more information on the £461,000 project.

And he shared their response on The Echo Dumfries Facebook page.

Officials say they are currently going through an open tendering process for the main contract and have not yet appointed the specialist contractor who will undertake the work.

However, the anticipated start date on site is the end of September with the contract completed by the end of March 2023, subject to agreement with the appointed contractor.

The aim of the project is to fully restore the 140 year old, Category B listed High Street fountain to full working condition.

The project will be carried out in two phases with phase one focusing on a detailed survey on the condition of the fountain, which will be completed by September 30.

Phase two will be the physical restoration work, which involves specialist dismantling, restoration of the fountain, redesign of the pumping and water treatment system to ensure it meets current standards. .

Unveiled in 1882, the fountain was made by the Sun Foundry, Glasgow and is one of only two models of its type known anywhere in the world.

Members of the public were split over the new information with some believing it is too much money and one calling for the cash to instead be used on a fast bus service to Edinburgh.