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Dumfries flood barrier plans approved

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Media captionA plan to prevent the River Nith flooding a notorious flooding blackspot in Dumfries has been agreed

A regeneration masterplan - which includes flood prevention measures for the Whitesands in Dumfries - has been approved by councillors.

A report commissioned after flooding in 2009 outlined a variety of options.

Dumfries and Galloway Council agreed to endorse a permanent barrier scheme to tackle the problem.

Officials believe it will be possible to limit the flooding of properties to about once every 25 years by taking the scheme forward.

Councillors supported the regeneration proposals which include measures to protect buildings in the area from the rising waters of the River Nith.

There are regular problems on the Whitesands, Friars Vennel, Brewery Street, Bank Street and Nith Place.

Other measures

Two years ago the worst flooding for 30 years prompted a new investigation into how to combat it.

Consultants looked at the merits of both temporary and permanent barriers and the effect of diverting floodwater onto farmland north of Dumfries to save the town centre.

Councillors endorsed a permanent barrier scheme - combined with environmental works along the riverfront.

Officials said cost and visual impact prohibited a scheme to prevent the very worst projected floods but they said other measures were possible.

The flood prevention measures are estimated to cost between £3m and £4m and the Scottish government will be approached for funding support.

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