CVCC rallying call answered

Cree Valley Community Council will continue to represent its local area after 16 people rallied to answer the emergency appeal for members.

The largest community council in Wigtownshire, CVCC serves Newton Stewart and the surrounding district, but was in danger of folding after a member resigned at a meeting this month, meaning the council was not quorate.

But a last gasp appeal in The Galloway Gazette that week by leader John McNaught for volunteers to come forward was answered.

Mr McNaught said: “As chair­man of Cree Valley Community Council I am delighted that 
16 community-minded people have put in nominations to be members of the new community council with the first meeting taking place on October 8 at 7pm. There was a last-minute rush of nominations submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council and, while it looked at one time that there were not going to be enough people to form a council, that is not now the case.

“The six new members, along with those recently co-opted onto the council, will bring different views to the table and this has to be for the better of the council in particular and the community in general. Cree Valley Community Council can certainly move on from where it has been over recent years with new members willing to take a more active part in activities and events such as the Galloway Pageant and Christmas lights. The fact that a new council can now be formed shows the community spirit is alive and kicking in the area and I look forward to a positive future for Cree Valley Community Council and the area that it covers.”

Across the region the response to a call for nominations to com­munity councils in Dumfries and Galloway has been “very positive”, according to Dumfries and Galloway Council. Eighty-five community councils across the region will be re-established with many nominees being elected to their council unopposed. There will be no elections in Wigtownshire.

A D&G council spokesman said: “Community councils are very important and act as the local body within communities that engage directly with the council, police, NHS and other organisations.

“They are also statutory consultees regarding planning applications and play a vital role in taking forward community projects. In some communities, they are the recipients of community benefits from local wind-farms and are able to direct funding locally for community projects. They are being encouraged by Dumfries and Galloway Council to develop community resilience plans and act as the ‘on the ground’ eyes and ears if there is a local emergency.

“For those who were not nominated but would still like to be part of their community council, go along and attend meetings. Community councils have the option to co-opt them. This can help ensure a community council has access to skills and knowledge of a wide range of people.”

Go to www.dumgal.gov.uk/communitycouncils.