Flower Power

As most of us are aware the closure of the Seaforth Nurseries means the reduction by at least 50% of the number of flowers planted around the  town.

Without  going into the how or why of it where would you like to see the flower beds planted or not as the case may be ?

The top of Battery Street is a grand display when coming over the bridge from Dumfries or even walking down there on the way to the river, would you miss that or the planters at the bottom of the Brae ?

What about the displays along the high street, outside Annan Old ,Seaforth park, the caravan site there are many places that may mean a lot to some and be missed greatly by others.

This will happen its a sign of the times would you sponsor a bed or plant one out its a possibility lets make the best of it and get what we want for the town

Have your say at news@annan.org.uk

Top Secret

When you think about secrecy what springs to mind – cloak and dagger activities, subterfuge, misdirection, inner circles…

Don’t tell your dad even more important don’t tell your granny.

How do you keep a five year old silent for so long ?

We all know what you are up to its very rare if at all that anything gets out how do you do it ?

Seventy Four days to go

ROM float builders how do you do it – good luck to all of you

Brief Notes

Lasts nights AGM/meeting saw a bit of shuffling between the office bearers with the Chair Neil MacIntyre moving to vice chair and the vice chair Joyce Wylie moving to Chair.

The Treasurer was elected for another year but the Secretary stood down leaving the office vacant at the minute.

As for the meeting, there is still a bit of “anti social behaviour ” in the town with fly tipping, dog fouling and unruly behaviour being the main causes – you don’t have to put up with it, if it affects you phone the Police or the Community Safety Officers –  something will be done.

On a brighter note, three new information boards around the town (two on the high street and one at the station) are due to be erected this week which will be a benefit to locals and visitors alike.

Minutes to follow



At the last meeting one of our members said “are we not making enough fuss about the state of the roads in the town?” Well not a lot was said, other than how many times do you  report something?

You don’t have to be a driver to notice the state of some of our streets.  The potholes are getting bigger everyday – are they breeding?  The council say the weather is to blame but I am sure cut backs in maintenance and repair hasn’t helped.  Our region has the third largest road network in Scotland, so it is not an easy task to keep every road in pristine condition.  With nearly 500 claims in 2013/14 a quarter of them were successful.  This cost £27k to the insurers and it is still a major problem.  Nationally the figures are tremendous for these repairs; drivers are having to fork out for making garage owners happy and rich. Indeed across the UK, local authorities have estimated to have paid out £24 million to motorists for damage caused by poorly  maintained roads.  In the past week I have heard of someone needing to replace the front suspension spring due to a pothole in North Street.  I am sure there will be many more drivers in the same position.

To be fair, Dumfries and Galloway does have a Report a Pothole/Road Defect form online for anyone to use and a Facebook page for reporting these menaces of the road.  But a word of caution only a quarter of all claims are successful so don’t think the Council will pay for your bad luck.  There is no automatic right to compensation as legal liability has to be established.

What is to be done?  Drive more carefully?   Try and avoid them?  Come on council, get them fixed!

North Street Parking

Used or Abused

Is the parking along the west side of North street caused by the success of Annan Athletic Football Clubs community involvement or by the inconsiderate parking of its users there is after all a car park that is hardly used more especially on non match days .

Residents are quite rightly up in arms road users are quite rightly frustrated more signage and restrictions seems to be part of the answer

Used or Abused

Any thoughts


Anti Social Behaviour

Although not a major problem in our town it still effects one or two areas and if it is near you it can have a detrimental impact on everyday life. Although figures show it is down 13% what can you do about it if it happens near you – what constitutes anti social behaviour  it is having disregard for other peoples rights with actions that harm or lack consideration for the well being of others.

The effects are not only felt by the individual but also  their families and ultimately the street or area they live in, most people have fond memories of were they grew up which can be spoiled by a few mindless acts.

The Act itself covers many things from rowdy behaviour ,vandalism to dog fouling don’t put up with it report it to the Police or your local Community Safety Officer nobody should have to accept wanton vandalism, egg throwing at windows or rowdiness outside their front door which seems to be prevalent in the town at the minute.

Have you been affected


Dog Fouling

Now that the days are getting lighter and dare I say it more pleasant, more of us are getting out and about on foot and that’s when you notice it, the mess that some of our streets are in, due to irresponsible dog owners – it’s shocking.

That is all I seem to have heard in the past couple of weeks – pram wheels rolled in it, toddlers trod in it and adults angry about it as well as being a health hazard, the cleaning up of it really spoils your day.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a dog owner, it gets people out and about socialising, the Everholm is proof of that and, what a great way to exercise and  appreciate our rural surroundings with man’s best friend.

But please dog owners consider other people on our streets “pick it up” after all it is an offence and does come with a fixed penalty fine.

Lets keep our streets clean

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New Controlled Crossing

A bid is being made for a new controlled crossing on the west side of the town the Church Street /Solway Street crossing currently manned at busy times this addition if approved  would be a benefit to all users at that end of the town. How would you feel about another set of lights in the town ? Does it warrant another set of lights ? The Community Council fully supports this bid and hopes it wont be to long before its in place – what do you think ?

Updates to follow



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Annan Community Council

March 2015 Community Council Meeting

The next Royal Burgh of Annan Community Council meeting will be held on the 9th March 2015 at 7pm.

Meetings take place in the Victoria Halls Meeting Room, Downies Wynd.

All are welcome to attend.

Agenda to follow