Store site floated as Lockerbie parking solution

A PRIME site expected to come on the market soon offers an opportunity to breathe new life into Lockerbie town centre.

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell believes The Original Factory Shop former premises at the south end of the High Street have potential as a public car park.

Long-stay parked vehicles linked to greater use of the railway station means that spaces are currently at a premium.

As a result retailers and other businesses say there is a negative impact on trade.

Mr Mundell, whose constituency office is in the town, suggests Dumfries and Galloway Council, South of Scotland Economic Partnership and other regeneration organisations consider jointly acquiring the property.

He said: "The location at the entrance to the High Street, well away from the station, would be absolutely ideal for a car park and draw more people into using the businesses there.

"Increased use of the railway station is welcome for the region as a whole but to compensate for the town centre impact I believe acquiring this site for parking is an opportunity which should be seized."

Mr Mundell proposes that the building be demolished creating additional spaces to those already existing on the site.

The Lockerbie branch of The Original Factory Shop was one of 32 across the UK to be closed earlier this year.

It is understood the leased site was subsequently sold at auction by the then landlord but the current owner plans to put it on the market again shortly.