Shock at scale of hall closures across Galloway

Members of Port William Community Council were shocked to hear that so many villages in Galloway were due to lose their village halls at the end of next month.

Secretary Jenni Gray read our correspondence from Dumfries and Galloway Council informing them that Whauphill Hall, the Waverley Hall in Creetown, Drummore Hall and Stoneykirk Hall would all close on July 31.

The meeting also heard that the integration of Customer Service Centres into libraries was going ahead. The service will be combined in Stranraer Library by the last week in August and at Newton Stewart by the end of the year.

The groups that use Sorbie hall, also due to be closed, are in discussion with the council and the education services about the suitability of moving to Sorbie School and the users of Newton Stewart’s Community Centre are also being consulted about moving to other council buildings in Newton Stewart such as the McMillan Hall, schools, the library and the Merrick Leisure Centre.

Police have been asked to look into alleged illegal activity going on at Port William Harbour. Community Council members raised concerns about various cars and boats seen on the quay and registrations numbers were passed to the officer attending the meeting for further investigation. The community council were interested to hear a member say he had witnessed Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency officers inspecting boats on the harbour during the week.

“Idiot” drivers that overtook schoolchildren in Port William doing their cycling proficiency in High Street were condemned by the community council members at their monthly meeting on Wednesday.

Ted Norfolk, Bikability volunteer trainer was “so upset” he is now teaching the kids in the relative quiet of the housing scheme rather than on the High Street.

Police Officer Lynne Steel advised contacting the schools officer in future so that the learner cyclists can have a police presence when they are on their bikes.