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DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY HAS PLANS FOR PIGEON MAN

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A man who rears some of the world's rarest pigeons is involved in a dispute with Dumfries and Galloway council afte...
A man who rears some of the world's rarest pigeons is involved in a dispute with Dumfries and Galloway council after moving some of his birds into a different shed, reports the Scotsman (p4).

The man's collection of birds has been on the site for 11 years, but in buildings on the opposite side of his house.

He claims that council officials are now disputing his right to keep the birds on his land, after 11 years of not paying any attention to his arrangements.

A Dumfries and Galloway council spokesman told the paper:

'The matter has apparently come up because, basically, he moved the buildings.

'I understand the buildings, where they were positioned before were near other farm buildings and probably, quite honestly, wouldn't have been noticed in the crowd.

'The situation seems to be that the buildings are now more evident than they were.

'As these buildings are not covered by any agricultural exemption, the planning officers are bound by law to inform the person that they need to have a proper planning application considered in due form by the committee.'

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