Question time for candidates at Douglas Ewart hustings

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ALL FOUR candidates for the Galloway and West Dumfries seat in the May 5 poll will be on the panel at Tuesday’s hustings session in the Douglas Ewart High School, Newton Stewart.

Styled along the lines of the popular BBC television programme Question Time, the event runs from 7.30pm until 9pm and is open to the school’s pupils, parents, friends, party supporters and the public.

Places are limited so to request a seat, please contact The Galloway Gazette, local party representatives or the school office before the night.

Readers unable to attend are invited to submit questions on issues of concern through the paper by dropping a note to our offices in Victoria Street or via email -

One submission is from a Sorbie woman concerned at the effect conditions in the village are having on house prices and wanting to know how candidates would tackle the problem.

And a Newton Stewart parent says: “The big thing in this town is that Stranraer and Dumfries get all the money from the council and our area gets nothing.

“Stranraer, as follows - Hanover Square all done up; Agnew Park done up; ferry terminal and marina, 4G football pitch when they have over 10 or 12 pitches already. Same at Dumfries. All we want in Newton is somewhere for all the kids to use and a 4G pitch would be ideal at Minnigaff as it would be used by kids from Whithorn to Creetown and Kirkcowan. And they could open the pavilion as a youth club, then that might get rid of the massive problem Newton has of youngsters sitting drinking in our parks and schools.”

Over to you, panel.