New members elected

A former chairman of a local community council missed out by one vote on being re-elected to the organisation after a secret ballot on Monday night.

There were five places available for residents who wanted to be join the Royal Burgh of Whithorn and District Community Council and six willing candidates at their monthly meeting in the Community Centre.

The community council was operating with seven members and three were due to be co-opted that night taking the total to ten. But, former secretary Jeremy Sykes decided not to take his seat. With the maximum number allowed to sit on the council being 14, originally there were four places, but as Mr Sykes resigned before even taking his seat, five places suddenly became available.

After the six wishing to join were proposed and seconded, all community councillor present were given a voting slip and a secret ballot took place. Afterwards the votes were counted by the chairman and the secretary with the process overseen by Mid Galloway Community Councillors Alistair Geddes and Jim McColm.

As a result the following were co-opted onto the community council - Catherine Connelly, Bob Bhupendra, Heather Hay, Alexandra Lochhead and Helen McCulloch. Missing out was former charirman Jim McCulloch.

Me McCulloch commented through the chair that it was “farcical” that six people were willing to serve their community but the rules only allowed a certain number to do so.

Whithorn CC chairman Francis O’Neill said that “his hands were tied” in the matter as they were governed by the council’s area management on that matter.