Cree Valley Community Council Notes

THE sudden resignation of another member of Cree Valley Community Council at their meeting earlier this week puts the community group on the brink of folding.

Bill Campbell who served the community council for 20 years tendered his immediate resignation by letter. This leaves the community council with the maximum number of co-opted councillors- five. Until they can become full members at the annual CC elections in the autumn, one more resignation of an elected member would force the council to dissolve.

John McNaught expressed his concern about the perilous state of affairs but expressed his gratitude to Bill Campbell, who was treasurer for the group until last year’s elections, for his long service. He said: “We owe Bill an enormous thank you for all he has done.”

AN invitation has gone out from the CVCC to supermarket developers, CWP, asking them to come to the community council’s next meeting to discuss their proposal to build a out-of-town-store on land at Barnkirk.

The community council will be consultee if the proposal gets to the planning stage.

The idea of a new supermarket has brought a strong reaction from traders in the town who feel such a development could be the death of the town’s main shopping street. But shoppers have generally been in favour of having more choice of shops.

CVCC chairman John McNaught warned those serving the community council to be careful about making any comments on the supermarket proposal outside the walls of the meeting room, as this could be “detrimental” to the process.

The next meeting of the CVCC is on April 2 at 7.15pm in the Lower McMillan Hall and is open to members of the public.

THE state of a road in Minnigaff was brought to the attention of members of the CVCC by member Bob Boan. When the progress of the Safer Routes to School improvements around Minnigaff Primary School were being discussed, he pointed out that Kirroughtree Avenue had hardly and surface left on the road.

Resurfacing work has finally started on the road to Glentrool after repeated requests for repairs to be done from the community council to the local authority.

THE community council were visited by representatives of Community Windpower Limited who gave a short presentation on their proposal for a 14-turbine windfarm on land at Auchleand Farm between Newton Stewart and Wigtown.

The renewable energy company spokesperson Gillian Cropper said that if all went to plan they hoped to have an application lodged with Dumfries and Galloway Council’s planning department by the summer and if that was passed she expected work to start on the site in early 2014.

John McNaught asked if the windfarm would benefit employment locally. Mrs Cropper said that local contractors could be engaged during construction and there was the possibility of a ranger for the site and maintenance staff would be needed if the development got up and running.

Bob Boan asked about the visual impact that 14 four-hundred foot turbines would have, as the position of the site meant they would be seen from quite a distance. The windfarm representative said that a survey into the visual impact and the effect on the landscape would be undertaken and consultation would also take place with Scottish Natural Heritage.