Changes will not be made to rooms in hall

No adaptations are to be made to the big hall or the meeting room to accommodate new user groups in the McMillan Hall.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has informed Cree Valley Community Council that the McMillan Hall will have a lift installed to make it more user friendly ahead of the closure of Newton Stewart Community Centre in December.

Twenty-two user groups will then be moved to other council premises in Newton Stewart, including the McMillan Hall, following the council’s decision to mothball the popular 
community centre in a cost-
cutting exercise.

Mid Galloway Councillor Alistair Geddes told the community council he was meeting the council’s chief executive Gavin Stevenson to discuss the way the local authority has handled its policy to save £200,000 region-wide by “rationalising its property portfolio”.

Councillor Geddes has been angered by the council’s failure to produce a business case for the closures of community facilities or to consult elected members or the communities affected.

Referring to the council’s handling as a “muck up”, Councillor Geddes said he would ask for the community centre to be kept open until “the end of the financial year” as other areas had been given that courtesy.