Plans for Old Town Hall revamp given the thumbs-up

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Dumfries and Galloway Council’s plans to tidy up Newton Stewart’s Old Town Hall in Victoria Street have been given the thumbs-up by the authority’s planning committee.

Work will now get under way to repaint the entire building and replace the doors at the front and the back and a window at the back.

Plastic gutters and downpipes will be replaced by cast aluminium ones.

The Old Town Hall, home to the town clock, is a category B listed building within the Newton Stewart conservation area.

Built around 1800, it currently houses council offices. There is also a well-used snooker table upstairs for local club members.

At last week’s planning committee meeting, permission was also granted to build three houses to the west of Craig Lodge, on Auchenmalg shore, between Glenluce and Port William.

The developer plans to build three different-style homes on equally-sized plots.

The council received six objections to the proposal on the grounds that the proposal would “significantly and permanently alter the charachter of the Auchenmalg area”.