Resilience teams ready for severe weather

Two Machars community resilience teams have benefited from a cash injection from the Wigtown Area Committee of Dumfries and Galloway Council to buy equipment.

Garlieston Community council applied for funding for the installation of a cooker, freezer, generator change over switch and lined curtains for the village hall through the local authority’s village hall improvement scheme, receiving £2077 of the total cost of £2545. The installation of the equipment will mean, in the event of severe weather, the resilience team can run an emergency centre from the hall.

Whithorn Community Council also applied for £1000 from the town’s common good fund to purchase a hob, boiler, and gas hoses to add to their resilience team’s equipment at a total cost of £1082.35. The ‘scoring panel’ who decide the merits of such applications said this would benefit the inhabitants of the Royal Burgh of Whithorn and praised the partnership between the community council and the resilience team. Mid Galloway Councillor asked why the Whithorn Common Good fund was being drained for this worthwhile cause when, in his opinion, the application should have come before the area committee who have “a wide budget” to distribute. Council officer Wendy Jesson pointed out that the application had been sent to the area committee first but as they were a “funder of last resort” the community council were advised to try other avenues of funding first.