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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Town’s two roundabouts to get a tidy

LOCKERBIE’S gateway roundabouts are finally going to be tidied up.

Annandale North Councillor Gail Macgregor was the bearer of the good news at last week’s community council.

She told members that the local authority is “now prepared to do some work on them”.

Detailing what’s expected to happen, Cllr Macgregor said: “They will be clearing them, weeding them and putting down a tidy surface.

“They are not going to put fancy sculptures on at this stage. We will look at doing something later down the line.”

Chairman Ken Bailey welcomed the update, saying: “They are a mess.”

Member Doreen Jenkins described it as “great news” and secretary Simon Pool said: “It would be great to see wildflowers on both. They are not giving a great impression just now.”

The roundabouts at either end of the town were the subject of fierce debate in 2019 when it was announced that squirrel and sheep statues were going to be installed on them at a cost of £50,000.

Many residents felt it should be curling stones instead to represent the town’s strong links with the game, an idea that had first been mooted in 2014.

A survey run by the community council and this newspaper five years ago resulted a in a resounding thumbs up for curling emblems.

Despite that, nothing was ever done, so residents will be watching the latest announcement with interest.

* Let us know if you’d still like to see curling stones on the roundabouts – email [email protected]

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