Independents form group in first administration movement

Jane Maitland
Jane Maitland

THE first movements towards forming an administration for Dumfries and Galloway Council have taken place, with an Independent group being formed.

Jane Maitland, head of the group and Dee ward councillor, said she and four others agreed to come together and have been in preliminary talks with both the Conservatives and SNP groups but added nothing has been decided.

Along with Jane, the group sees Mid Galloway’s Jim McColm, Annandale and Eskdale councillor Craig Peacock, Annandale South councillor Richard Brodie, George Prentice of the Castle Douglas and Glenkens ward as members. George Prentice was also elected as depute and business manager for the group.

Richard Brodie, who stood as a Lib Dem candidate, has joined forces with the group as theonly member of his party elected in the region.

Jane added: “This group is willing to consider working with other groups and we have been in prelimiary discussions, but nothing is set in stone yet.

“We want to do our bit in serving the people of Dumfries and Galloway as Independents.”