Service received emergency cash

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EMERGENCY funding has been granted to Wigtownshire Community Transport this week after it emerged the service was threatened with closure by the end of the month.

Wigtown Area Committee agreed unanimously to replenish the service’s funds with an £11,000 injection from the council’s discretionary budgets.

The organisation was recently forced to pay £6,500 in way of returned payment to one of its partner organisations - following a court order - and also had to pay out £5,500 on one of the buses, depleting the cash stores.

If the committee has refused to help, the service would have ceased this month, leaving hundreds of rural users without transport.

Councillors felt so strongly in favour of helping the service that no discussion was held over the request for funding, and help was immediately agreed by every present member of Wigtown Area Committee on Wednesday.