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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Joy as RoM roadworks plan postponed

A SHOWDOWN over roadworks which threatened an Annan festival has been avoided.

Dumfries and Galloway Council have now stated that works initially earmarked in the town’s High Street for the first week of July have been pushed back.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “Realistically, the works are likely to be carried out in September/October 2016.”
The move has been welcomed by the chairwoman of The Royal Burgh of Annan Community Council, who had been voiced concerns that roadworks in July would disrupt Annan Riding of the Marches and the town’s tourism.
Joyce Wylie said: “The letter said the first week of July, so they’ve back-pedalled.”
But reacting to the new timescale, she added: “That’s an awful lot better – it would have been a nightmare if it had been in July.
“I’m sure I’m speaking on behalf of the whole community council when I say it’d be a lot better having it in September or October rather than the summer months.
“This is the only chance that business have to get a bit of trade with people coming through.
“If it was disrupted, people would just move on. So it’s good news – I’m glad to hear that.”
Annan Riding of the Marches president John Ramage has also welcomed the move.
He said: “I think it’s just common sense to do that; I don’t know what they’re thinking about to put something out like that in the first place.”

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