End of NHS dental care in Newton Stewart

Confirmation that dental services provided by the NHS in Newton Stewart will end this summer will come at a meeting of the NHS in the town tonight.

Patients will be transferred onto the books of the two independent dentist in the town.

At Monday night’s meeting of Wigtown and District Community Council, Mid Galloway elected member Jim McColm noted, ahead of the meeting, that the decision to close the NHS clinic in the health centre had already been decided.

A report to elected members due to attend last night’s meeting in the Douglas Ewart High School, stated: “At the NHS Board meeting held on Monday, December 7, the Board considered further information provided in respect of the independent dental contractor proposal and subsequently approved the withdrawal of the provision of routine NHS General Dental Services at Newton Stewart dental clinic.

“This was approved subject to the completion of the independent dental contractor’s development and it was noted as being anticipated that the development would be completed to allow for transfer of registered patients late summer 2016.

“The Health Board will support patients to transfer their registration to one of the two independent dental contractors practices in Newton Stewart, or to a practice in another area, for continued provision of NHS dental services.

“Meantime, NHS dental services will continue to be provided at Newton Stewart dental clinic and should be accessed in the usual way.”

* The community councillors of Wigtown and District were delighted to hear that not only was the local authority penalty for dog fouling going up from £40 to £80 but more irresponsible dog owners were being fined.

The good news about the eternal problem came at the monthly meeting in the County Buildings.

The community council noted the news that renewable energy company Ecotricity had appealed to the Scottish Government in light of no decision on the California Wind Park being made by Dumfries and Galloway Council within the statutory timescale.

The determination date had been extended until the end of October 2015, but as there was no conclusion, an appeal was lodged.

Convenor Matt Kitson said the community council could only note the appeal after members of the public opposed to the plans spoke.

Councillor McColm could report that the three areas in the town that have reported lighting problems will be rectified shortly.

Kerr Inger was co-opted onto the community council, having been nominated by Willie McCartney.