South Scotland

Robert Burns statue square traffic changes dropped

Burns statue
Image caption Traffic changes proposed around the square have been dropped

Changes to a £1m facelift scheme for a historic Dumfries landmark have been dropped.

It follows public outcry about the addition of a new bus route through residential streets as part of plans to revitalise the Burns Statue area.

A bid to incorporate an anti-clockwise traffic system to access bus stances has also been ditched.

A revised design is currently being developed which the council said would reflect public concerns.

Local Labour councillor Colin Smyth welcomed the move.

He had raised concerns about the impact of the traffic proposals.

"I think people will generally welcome the proposal to upgrade the Burns Statue area," he said.

"I think it is looking a bit tired and I think there is a lot of work needing done there and people were not objecting to that."

He said public concerns had centred on changes being proposed for bus service provision.

Mr Smyth said he hoped people could get behind revised plans, although he said there was still an issue about the number of buses using an area which should be "pedestrian friendly".

Chairman of the planning, housing and environment committee Ian Carruthers said the council had listened carefully to the views of local residents and traders and had acted accordingly.

"We really want to see it implemented, it's a major capital project for the council," he said.

"Dumfries will benefit largely from it - but not at the expense of local communities."

He said local traffic concerns would be reflected in a report brought back to the committee.

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