Councillor “out of touch” says MP

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GalloWAY MP Russell Brown has said comments by Tory councillor Graham Nicol, in which he defends Dumfries and Galloway Council’s actions over ARC charges, show “how out of touch the Tory/SNP council is”.

In his comments, which featured in last week’s Galloway Gazette, Tory councillor for Mid Galloway ward, Councillor Nicol, says that the council has suspended ARC charges – but fails to point out that this was only because Labour forced the issue to be discussed.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said: “By suggesting that the council’s attempt to introduce ARC charges has been anything less than a disaster, Councillor Nicol is trying to defend the indefensible. He has shown how out of touch the Tory/SNP council is. The only reason ARC charges are suspended now is because Labour forced the council to discuss the issue.

“The ARC charges fiasco is a mess of the council’s own making.

Councillor Nicol declined to comment.