South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway Council spends £800,000 on leases

Lochmaben Library
Image caption Lochmaben Library is one of 29 sites leased by Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway Council spends almost £800,000-a-year leasing 29 different properties across the region.

The local authority agreed earlier this year to try to move staff out of such buildings and into sites it owns.

However, it still leases a number of properties including museums, community halls, libraries and public toilets.

In response to a BBC Freedom of Information request it declined to reveal individual rents but said the total was £797,858.

The FOI figures also showed the council had spent nearly £1.8m on the upgrade and maintenance of sites it does not own since 2000.

The 29 sites still being leased by the authority are dotted right across the region.

They include the King George V Park and Pavilion in Creetown, Langholm Community Centre, Lochmaben Library and Drummore Fire Station.

The council says it is committed to owning "fewer but better assets" in order to achieve what it calls a "sustainable estate".

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