WHITHORN Community Council’s monthly meeting last Monday night was dramatically cancelled after Dumfries and Galloway Council discovered the community council was operating outwith its constitution.
Another election will now be held after invalid elections were held in November to co-opt new members onto the community council after other members had resigned.
At that meeting five members were co-opted on after a secret ballot bringing the total to 14 members.
After a further three resignations in January and the co-option at that meeting of three more members, local authority officials studied the community council’s constitution more closely and found the community council had broken the rules by co-opting on too many members as there must be fewer than 10 co-opted members.
A council spokesman said: “Whithorn Community Council only has four bona fide members and an election will now have to take place.
“Nominations can be received by the council up to April 2 and the election will take place on May 2. This will put them on a sounder footing.”
No community council meetings can be held until after the election.