Emma Harper MSP and Cllr Andy Ferguson are pleased that fencing has finally been repaired at Cuckoo Bridge in North West Dumfries following a 9-month campaign by the pair to see action taken.


While the fencing had been broken for the past two years, the issue was first raised to Ms. Harper by Local Councillor Andy Ferguson in August last year which prompted a letter to be written to Transerv, who are responsible for maintaining the bridge. Transerv have now completely restored the fencing, with the previous state of the fence causing concern to users of the bridge.


The success in having the fencing repaired is part of ongoing work by the MSP and local councillor to allow people to take more pride in their local area, including the organising of a recent litter pick at the bridge which saw over a dozen bags of rubbish collected on one Saturday morning alone.


Emma Harper MSP said:


As soon as I was contacted I visited the bridge so I could see the extent of the damage and following a further visit with Cllr Andy Ferguson, I contacted Transerv requesting that necessary repairs should be made as soon as possible.
“I thank Transerv for making the repairs we have been calling for, which will assist the work Councillor Ferguson and I have undertaken to help local people take more pride in their surroundings to keep North West Dumfries clean and tidy, including the organising of litter picks around the bridge. The broken fencing had also become a safety issue for many of our constituents who use this walkway to and from Dumfries town centre.
“This is a great example of an MSP from the area and a local councillor working together to improve our surroundings here in this part of our home town.”


Cllr Andy Ferguson added:


“I always enjoying working closely with Emma Harper on local issues such as these and it’s always rewarding when there is a positive outcome.
“It’s great that the repairs have been made which go a long way to improving the safety and look of the area when the public are asking this well used bridge in the town.”