Community council backs bowling centre objectors

The plans to change the indoor bowling centre in Newton Stewart into a warehouse and offices will have to go before elected members for approval after the Cree Valley Community Council confirmed they had joined the list of objectors at their monthly meeting on Monday night.

CVCC chairman John McNaught said the community council were most concerned about the loss of the facility and had lodged an objection on the grounds that it was the only indoor bowling centre in the area, the nearest being in Ayr.

Also that it was inappropriate to reduce the number of sporting facilities in the wake of the London Olympics and ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth games in 2014.

There was also concern that the site of the indoor bowling centre is not in a designated industrial area when there were other empty units in Newton Stewart/Minnigaff that were classed as industrial.

Mr McNaught pointed out that there would be an increase in traffic down to an area that was residential with possible difficulties with heavy goods vehicles negotiating the turns at Creebridge.

As debate rages in the town as to what supermarket chain will arrive in Newton Stewart should developers CWP get planning permission, the CVCC have to keep their own counsel as they are planning consultees.

The news that the planning application had gone in was briefly discussed but all members were advised by the elected members attending not to voice a personal opinion either way ahead of the planning process which the community council will be involved in.

THE news that a section 75 agreement is to be attached to any windfarms granted planning permission to ensure the council and affected communities get financial support from the developers was welcomed by the CVCC.

Mid Galloway Councillor Alistair Geddes said: “It is up to the communities to get as much money as possible. In my opinion every last penny should be rung out of the developers.”

gridlock in Dashwood Square is to be put before SWESTRANS by the CVCC to get a resolution.

Since the area was redesigned the number of buses in the square on school days is causing a safety issue.