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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Annan and Eskdale
Works on historic buildings get go ahead

THE refurbishment of two historic public buildings in Annan has been rubberstamped by councillors.

Members of the planning committee last week approved an upgrade of Annan Museum and neighbouring Victoria Halls, with committee chairman Jim Dempster describing the much-needed investment as a “no-brainer”.

Annan Museum’s roof, pictured, is in a poor condition, with most slates covered in moss and dirt, while the boarded-up windows in Victoria Halls will finally be replaced.

As these are both 19th century B-listed buildings, a formal planning application had to be submitted before any works could begin.

The refurbishment includes the replacement of dozens of windows, re-slating of the roofs, a replacement lift being installed, stone repairs, cleaning and repointing, and some other internal repairs.

Council planning officer Katie Towner shared more details on why the refurbishment works were necessary.

She said: “Annan Museum is a category B listed building and is located in a conservation area. It was built in the 1880s.

“And then on the other side, in Downie Wynd, this is the Victoria Halls – also category B – and in a conservation area.

“The windows are boarded up and there’s a general need for repair and restoration.”

Annandale East and Eskdale Councillor Archie Dryburgh said: “I’m looking forward to the improvement in the two buildings.”

Mr Dryburgh also told the committee that he was aware of gutter issues with the museum in the past and asked if any work had been done to improve maintenance going forward.

Chief planning officer David Suttie responded: “Whilst it is a concern, it’s not a planning concern.

“It’s a maintenance issues, and I’m sure the property services team could answer your queries.”

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