Whithorn Community Council

ALTHOUGH secretary Jeremy Sykes has had no reply from the council about where the community council were to find new avenues of funding for Christmas lights this year, a good samaritan has come forward to provided a Christmas tree.

Due to severe spending cuts, Dumfries and Galloway Council will be playing the role of Scrooge towards most communities this festive season, but community council chairman Francis O’Neill was delighted to inform the meeting that Sir Michael Maxwell of Monreith House was willing to provide the community with a Christmas tree and local farmer Forsyth Vance had also offered to transport it from Monreith Estates to the town.

The chairman then showed a picture of Christmas decorations for lamppost provided by the company plantscape. Everyone was impressed but at around £250 each and at least eight required, fundraising would have to get underway soon. As Christmas was a time for the whole community to come together it was suggested that other organisations and groups in the town could join forces with the community council to help raise funds to pay for the new decorations.

As Councillor Geddes pointed out: “It’s just as much Christmas in Whithorn as it is in Paris or Milan.”

Police officers attending the meeting told the community councillors there had been eight reported incidents of anti-social behaviour in Whithorn during the past month. These included loud music being played, kids on roofs, eggs been thrown and balls being kicked against garage doors.

Two road traffic offences were reported and there were also two thefts and suspicious activity was reported on two farms in the vicinity.

The police were warned about the dangers of speeding tractors going up through the town. With cars double parked in some streets it was a potential danger to pedestrians and other road users.

The community council were advised by police officers to report incidents like this as soon as possible to the police giving the tractor’s registration and the name of the driver if possible.

The officer added: “If we are made aware we can try and do something about it at the time.”

MID Galloway Councillor Alistair Geddes asked police officers at the monthly meeting of the Royal Burgh of Whithorn and District Community Council on Tuesday night if they had received reports of football being played on the new extension to the cemetery. The officer replied that they had been made aware of this and were investigating the matter.

The problem of getting the grass property cut on the town’s football pitch was discussed. The club officials have been trying to cut the grass themselves as the council’s scheduled cuts are not keeping the grass short enough. Councillor Geddes told the meeting that it was the council’s duty to ensure that the grass was properly cut for the games to go ahead for the enjoyment of the players and spectators and they should make representation to the council about this as soon as possible.

The problem of getting into the community council’s website was the last item discussed in any other business. As there was no one capable of taking the website on and no one knew the password to access it, chairman Francis O’ Neill asked for suggestions. Councillor Geddes thought it would be prudent to find out the cost involved concerning the website and report those back to the members of the community council before taking things any further.