Fears for future of town’s 
chip shop

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The possible loss of the takeaway in Dashwood Square after the owner lost his battle with the council’s planners over changes he made to the building was discussed by Cree Valley Community Council.

In February, after a two-year wrangle between the local authority and Mehmet Gunar, the council was granted authority to take down signs and return the frontage to its original state and then charge the owner for the work.

Community council members were concerned that the financial burden placed on Mr Gunar could lead to the shop closing.

Mid Galloway Councillor Alistair Geddes said the applicant was facing the consequences of not following planning regulations. He said: “The owner was given every opportunity to comply with the planning process. I can assure you the planning authority has not been draconian in these circumstances.”