Wigtown community council suspended

The sudden resignation of one of its stalwart members has forced the Royal Burgh of Wigtown and District Community Council to be suspended due to lack of numbers.

After their monthly meeting last week in the County Buildings, Howard Steele tendered his resignation with immediate effect and as Andy Farrington had resigned at the meeting due to health reasons, the community council falls below its minimum.

The arrangements made with other organisation and volunteers for the Christmas festivities will go ahead and CC chairman Nick Walker has contacted Dumfries and Galloway Council to ensure that “the essentials of CC involvement” including lights provision and insurance are made available. Nick added that, in light of what’s happened, the community of Wigtown rather than the community council will be erecting the Christmas tree and lights on Saturday, November 23. About a dozen volunteers are needed so if anyone is able to offer assistance, could they please meet with organisers at around 9.30am outside the County Buildings.

Wigtown CC were to host a meeting regarding the upgrading of Broadband provision in Mid Galloway on Tuesday, December 10 which go ahead as planned and advertised perhaps under Dumfries and Galloway Council auspices as Wigtown CC cannot now host the event.

There will be no December meeting and a by-election will take place on Thursday, January 9, 2014 with the first meeting of the new community council on Monday, January 13 at 7.30pm in the County Buildings, Wigtown.

A council spokesperson said: “This first ordinary meeting of new community councils to be convened by the Returning Officer and chaired by the Returning Officer or his/her nominee until the community council has appointed a chairperson.”