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Complainant Name:
Mr Simon Baggott

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Stranraer & Wigtownshire Free Press


Mr Simon Baggott, Company Secretary of Conlin Properties Limited, complained that the newspaper had inaccurately reported that Dumfries and Galloway Council fought off an appeal against a notice that had been served on the company to undertake maintenance works on the former Grapes Hotel in Whithorn. The period set for the work to be completed was too short and - for that reason - the appeal was, in fact, allowed.


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

Further to our article of 15 April ("Council fight off appeal over former hotel"), we have been asked to clarify that although the council was successful in fighting off part of Conlin Properties’ appeal – that the notice to give the former Grapes Hotel a facelift “exceeded what was necessary” – the claim that the period set for the work to be completed was too short was agreed by the Reporter for the Scottish Government. As a result, an extension for the work to be completed was granted, as our article later made clear. The council therefore failed to fight off that part of the appeal, and the appeal was allowed, which the article also made clear. We are happy to clarify the position.

Report: 79

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