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Complainant Name:
Mr Simon Baggott

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Galloway Gazette

Complaint:

Mr Simon Baggott, Company Secretary of Conlin Properties Limited, complained that the newspaper inaccurately reported that Conlin Properties had undertaken maintenance works on one of its properties only after an Amenity Notice had been issued by Dumfries and Galloway Council. In fact, the company had undertaken to make the cosmetic improvements alreadyrequested by the Council, and was in the process of complying with the Council's request at the time the Amenity Notice was issued.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a clarification in a prominent position in the following terms:

'A report of Wigtown Area Committee proceedings (Gazette, 16 January 2009) stated that the former Grapes Hotel had been of public concern after it began to fall into a dangerous state. We should like to make clear that, following their purchase of the building in 2003, its new owners conducted essential repairs to make it safe. More recently, having been requested by the council in August 2008 to effect certain works, the owners were in the process of complying when the council issued an amenity notice compelling them to undertake these works. The owners have appealed on the grounds that the issue of the amenity notice was premature and excessive and, in any event, did not allow sufficient time for completion of the works, which were the same as formerly suggested. We regret any wrong impression our report may have caused.'

Report: 78



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