Friday, 24 December 2021

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Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Resilience info for Festive Period. Contacts etc.


Dear Community Resilience Team




Thank you for your continued support during the recent weather events that have impacted the region over the past couple of months.

Given the likelihood that we could face range of challenging winter weather conditions in the coming weeks we felt it that it was appropriate to make you aware of the arrangements that will be in place over the festive period, from 17th December 2021 till 5th January 2022.

As in previous years we will have Duty Officers covering key Council functions and will continue to deliver many of the same services throughout the festive period as we do during the rest of the year including responding to emergencies and unexpected incidents.


Below for reference are the appropriate emergency contact number for Council and partners.


1.	Dumfries & Galloway Council Contact Centre - Dial 030 33 33 3000 (this number is monitored 24hrs a day 365 days a year and operators will be able to put you in touch with the appropriate Duty Officer, when calling outside of normal business hours select the option (1) for Care Call) 

2.	In an emergency always dial 999 when there is a risk to life or property.

3.	Dial the 101 the non-emergency number to make local Police aware of any policing issues in your area.

4.	Dial 111 for NHS 24. 

5.	Dial 105 to report or get information about power cuts in your local area.

6.	Dial 0800 023 2023 for Openreach to report issues related to telephone services in your area

7.	Dial 0800 077 8778 for Scottish Water related issues

8.	Dial 0800 111 999 for Scottish Gas related emergency issues such as a gas leak



















Mandy Patterson | Community Resilience Officer


Resilience and Community Safety | Communities | Dumfries & Galloway Council | Council Emergency Centre | Newall Terrace | Dumfries DG1 2HP


Tel: Direct: 01387 260760 | Internal: 64760 | Mobile; 07738047080 | Drop Point 204

Email: | Facebook: Dumfries and Galloway Council Twitter: @dgcouncil Web:

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Carol Singing Cancelled

 **** - following this evening's guidance from the Scottish Government we have made the decision to cancel the Carol Singing on Sunday 19th. Please let others know.


Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Conservation Area

 Conservation Information

Consultation has been extended to 11th January. If you have any thoughts on this subject please let us know by 1st January - KCC has to formulate a response to this and give the community's thoughts - we need to know what the residents think. So far we've had one response. You can also respond to the Council as an individual but it would be useful if you copied us into your response. See your copy of Grapevine for information on what the change would mean. 




Dear Irene


The attached document is what will be available through the website from Friday.  I believe it covers the points you have made in your email.  A similar document will be provided for each conservation area.  If you have additional questions do come back to me.


However, just to add that in terms of new dwellings the Housing policies [pages 36-38] of the Local Development Plan LDP2  apply to all settlements within the region and the design of new buildings which meet those policies, or extensions to existing dwellings, should be guided by Housing Development in Villages Supplementary Guidance and Alterations and Extensions to Dwellings Supplementary Guidance to those policies.

 I trust you find the above and attached helpful.




[Marie-Isabelle Marshall]

Senior Planner, Built Heritage Policy,

Economy and Development Services,

Tel: 01387 260160 and 07514 118928 while working from home during current crisis

Thursday, 25 November 2021

If you are over 59 and haven't had all of your Covid vaccinations,

 Please look at the attached information.  If you are over 59 and haven't had all of your Covid vaccinations, you can also book using the contact number - 0800 030 8013 or the web address -

There is still a very high incidence of Covid in Dumfries and Galloway, so please take care and take advantage of the vaccination programme to help keep all of us safe.


Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Grapevine plus soup and pudding

 You should have received a Grapevine recently.  I apologise for the typos - just can't get the staff.  If anyone out there would like to take over or help with  editing, please contact us by email.

If you haven't received a copy by the end of this week, please let us know so that we can rectify the situation.

I hope that you are able to get to some of the events planned for the next few months.  

If you would like to come to the soup and pudding, please don't forget that Covid restrictions mean that you must let us know in advance.  Lifts will be available if you need help to get to Kirkton Hall. 

Best wishes, 


Friday, 12 November 2021



Please be aware of rising water levels today and, as always, do not go through flood water at Carnsalloch or Lakeside.


Wednesday, 10 November 2021

KCC Agenda November 2021

 KCC Agenda November 2021

Hello Kirkmahoe Residents,

Here is the agenda for our meeting at Dalswinton at 7:30 on Wednesday 17th November.

As always, you are invited to attend, especially if there are any issues you wish to raise.


Thursday, 28 October 2021

Flooding - Road into Dumfries impassible at the moment Road flooding again.

 30.10.21Road from Carnsalloch to Kirkton flooding again. Very deep and still rising. Please avoid.


The road between Kirkton and Heathhall is impassable due to deep flood water.

The road from Dalswinton to Auldgirth also flooded but passable with care at the moment although water is still rising.

We have contacted Council and DGVOST.

The road from Kirkton into town via Barrasgate and Quarry Road is fine. 

Take care 


Saturday, 23 October 2021

KCC Minutes Oct 2021

 KCC Minutes Oct 2021

Please find attached the Minutes of October KCC meeting. 

Since the meeting, we have received the following from Bob McBride re  Remembrance day

There will be a full wreath-laying service at Conan's Knowe, at 10-45am on Sunday 14th Nov


Saturday, 16 October 2021

SWSEIC Wildlife Recorders' Gathering 2021 Online presentations: Saturday 13th November, am Walks: Tue 2nd Nov & Sat 20th Nov



SWSEIC Wildlife Recorders' Gathering 2021

Online presentations: Saturday 13th November, am
Walks: Tue 2nd Nov & Sat 20th Nov

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SWSEIC would like to invite all wildlife watchers and recorders in SW Scotland to our autumn online gathering on Saturday 13th November. The event is open to birders, entomologists, botanists, mycologists - in fact anyone at all, amateur or professional, beginner or experienced, with an interest in our local wildlife.

Continued uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 situation prevent us from hosting a full day in-person conference-style event as we would normally, but instead we are joining with our colleagues from Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership to bring you a half-day of online presentations.

An important part of our annual recorders gathering is also networking with other recorders. Therefore we will also be running some expert-led walks to enable small groups of recorders area to meet up in the Garnock Connections area and improve their recording and ID skills for particular species groups. Please note that the walks are not taking place on the same day as the conference and places are limited.

The online event is free and there is a small charge for each of the walks.
Find out more and book your place here

Finding and Identifying Wildlife

Sunday 7th November, 2-3.30pm
Stevenston Beach Local Nature Reserve, North Ayrshire

You don’t have to travel to remote places to find wildlife – there’s a lot to be discovered in and around towns and villages. Aimed at beginners and less experienced wildlife recorders, join SWSEIC and Garnock Connections staff for a short walk on the beach and along footpaths around Stevenston Local Nature Reserve to see what we can find – birds, plants, marine life or anything else. We will be demonstrating the use of some smartphone apps to help you with identification and recording.
Book your place on the Stevenston Walk here
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