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    Abandoned Dumfries Bard

    Dumfries is probably known more for its association with Robert Burns than anything else and yet ?Name:  IMG-20180415-WA0000-1.jpg
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    That's Dumfries for you!Don't you just love living in paradise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRSLEFTPEG View Post
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    Letís face it , the town is a complete tip due to all these cutbacks. Itís embarrassing

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    Quote Originally Posted by arrol1919 View Post
    Letís face it , the town is a complete tip due to all these cutbacks. Itís embarrassing
    The vacant shops really give oor auld toon a depressing look as not only are smaller premises empty but huge
    places like Patties, Palings and the once lovely shop Blacklock and Farries in Church Crescent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ftivano1 View Post
    The vacant shops really give oor auld toon a depressing look as not only are smaller premises empty but huge
    places like Patties, Palings and the once lovely shop Blacklock and Farries in Church Crescent.

    Fusion Fitness Gym has now taken over the former Palings building on Queensberry Street

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunez View Post
    Fusion Fitness Gym has now taken over the former Palings building on Queensberry Street
    Great to hear that pal - wonder what the score is with the old bank at the end of English Street and the ex - Santander
    building up near the Steeple both of which were supposed to be getting developed as restaurants ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRSLEFTPEG View Post
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    An absolute disgrace. One of the key tourist attractions in the town centre allowed to degrade to such a state.
    What are the council waiting for ? A group of well intentioned local citizens to feel shamed into doing their work for them ?
    I don't think it is something Jardi's group could undertake without specialist equipment including Health and Safety and probable insurance.

    I was up in Glasgow last week and noted that the statues in George Square all had scaffolding and sheeting around them whilst undergoing cleaning work. Surely even our beleaguered Council can generate the funds necessary to do this small piece of maintenance considering the amount that was spent refurbishing the grounds it sits on !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis_begbie_HFC View Post
    thats what you get when the dumfries public vote a tory in for the area ,tories are the cutback kings ,everything will go downhill until the tories get booted .
    Dumfries County Council is run by the SNP and Labour - need I say anymore ?

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    Maybe the local Tory MP Alister Jack can do something ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis_begbie_HFC View Post
    exactly snp and labour run council ,and it dont take a brain surgeon to see snp and the labour people dont want to make things look like the tory idiots making a success of the region ,we need snp running the region and the council to get things put through ,no one is going to want to make a tory look good .
    FFS Dougal it is the local council's responsibility to look after the statue - end of story !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ftivano1 View Post
    FFS Dougal it is the local council's responsibility to look after the statue - end of story !


    yep your right ftivano ,but there lies the spoils of one of the very few tory seated areas in scotland ,but what pees me off more is the cash involved in putting these extra pavement areas across from the lidle store with fancy circle garden boxes ,just to try to make that area look good ,what a waste of cash that is ,that cash could be used for better things no need for these garden creations lol .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis_begbie_HFC View Post
    yep your right ftivano ,but there lies the spoils of one of the very few tory seated areas in scotland ,but what pees me off more is the cash involved in putting these extra pavement areas across from the lidle store with fancy circle garden boxes ,just to try to make that area look good ,what a waste of cash that is ,that cash could be used for better things no need for these garden creations lol .
    The extra £11 million the council had to find to fix the DGONE building might of come in handy. Dumfries is a mess and itís an embarrassment all right

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    Not a good idea to have a political debate as this may never end resulting in ceaseless diatribe.

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    We will just have to accept that the DG1 building is soaking up huge amounts of cash needed elsewhere. I didn't agree with the local Tories that the area should just be flattened as you just end up with a flattened piece of land ie nothing and still millions in cost . I don't know who was responsible for handing out the contract for the building of the leisure centre as we have been told very little . I'm guessing - though could be wrong- that the lowest tender for the project was accepted and what a complete balls up that was. The compensation money finally agreed with Keir Construction has been found to be far short of what it should have been to cover the re- building . Some of these top council people should hang there heads in shame especially when taking very good salaries for incompetence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikefaethesouth View Post
    Not a good idea to have a political debate as this may never end resulting in ceaseless diatribe.
    Agreed. Although itís clear to me that the root of the problem is to be found in the austerity politics of our ruling yahoos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louisxiv View Post
    Agreed. Although itís clear to me that the root of the problem is to be found in the austerity politics of our ruling yahoos.
    Whole page in today's Standard about the state of Rabbie's statue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis_begbie_HFC View Post
    exactly snp and labour run council and it dont take a brain surgeon to see snp and the labour people dont want to make things look like the tory idiots making a success of the region ,we need snp running the region and the council to get things put through ,no one is going to want to make a tory look good .
    Probably one of the most bizarre and stupid statements I have ever read !

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    Shggie, you say "I don't think it is something Jardi's group could undertake without specialist equipment including Health and Safety and probable insurance." - and you'd be right.

    The problem is that the cleaning that was done a few years or so ago with a high pressure washer damaged the marble. The Italian marble should have been coated with a protective substance (possibly silicone) to prevent chemical ingress and mould attachment. I have pressed for months if not years to have the problem rectified and the proper treatment carried out so that one of our local window cleaners could give the statue a periodic clean to keep it in tip-top condition.

    I have asked that the statue receives the appropriate treatment as soon as possible, but until that has been carried out there is nothing that can be done, - and even pure water 'allegedly' will cause further potential damage.

    May I say that those with political axes to grind should take them elsewhere and let those with good old fashioned common sense sort out the urgent problems that this town faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jardi View Post
    Shggie, you say "I don't think it is something Jardi's group could undertake without specialist equipment including Health and Safety and probable insurance." - and you'd be right.

    The problem is that the cleaning that was done a few years or so ago with a high pressure washer damaged the marble. The Italian marble should have been coated with a protective substance (possibly silicone) to prevent chemical ingress and mould attachment. I have pressed for months if not years to have the problem rectified and the proper treatment carried out so that one of our local window cleaners could give the statue a periodic clean to keep it in tip-top condition.



    I have asked that the statue receives the appropriate treatment as soon as possible, but until that has been carried out there is nothing that can be done, - and even pure water 'allegedly' will cause further potential damage.

    May I say that those with political axes to grind should take them elsewhere and let those with good old fashioned common sense sort out the urgent problems that this town faces.
    Cleaning statues is a specialised process that requires complex procedures to avoid damaging the base material while cleaning the surface and certainly not by using the likes of high pressure washers etc. as Jardi has correctly stated. It requires contractors very experienced in this field and subsequently does not come cheap. Coating the cleaned marble with an anti fungal substance which could then be readily cleaned sounds the best solution but all of this needs to be left to the experts on this.

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