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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Roof reassurance given

ASSURANCES have been given about the state of the roof on a prominent building in Lockerbie High Street.

There were concerns when a slate slipped off the former Blue Bell and crashed onto the pavement near the Post Office.

It was reported to Dumfries and Galloway Council at the time and Annandale North member Gail Macgregor this week said it has now been inspected.

She pointed out there had been windy weather on the night of the incident and added: “It has been checked and from what they could see, the roof is in good repair.

“Any building on this high street could slip a slate.”

However, community councillor Lucie Dudgeon still has reservations and at Tuesday night’s meeting asked for more information.

She said: “I am keen to know how they check the roof? How do they check if they cannot get up to look at it?

“If you are standing on the street how do you get an accurate portrayal of what it’s like as you cannot see all of it from the ground. A drone would be the best way to do it.

“I am just worried about gala day.”

But fellow member Doreen Jenkins said: “If Dumfries and Galloway Council are saying they inspected it then it’s their responsibility.”