South Scotland

Concern grows over Dumfries building firm's future

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Image caption R & D is the main contractor for a major housing renewal project in Dumfries and Stranraer

Uncertainty surrounds the future of one of south west Scotland's largest building firms after a delay in wage payments to staff.

R&D Construction, which employs 200 workers in the region, blamed a banking glitch on Friday for the delay.

However, BBC Scotland understands staff were told not to report for work on Monday.

The firm is the main contractor for a multi-million pound housing renewal programme in Dumfries and Stranraer.

The renewal project is being funded by Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP), the Scottish government and the local council.

Labour MP for Dumfries and Galloway, Russell Brown, said he had spoken to the chief executive of Dumfries-based R&D at the weekend, and was now seeking urgent talks with the construction group's bank.

R&D Construction is the building subsidiary of the R&D Construction Group.

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