The Good:

Let the pictures tell the story – Lockerbie Gala on Saturday went very well and with very little trouble.

I attended Lochmaben Community Council to follow up a number of local issues. The news of the day was around the closure of the Post Office as the current operator is retiring, but negotiations are ongoing to see if another premises can be found. It’s not a decision by the Post Office which is heartening.

Lockerbie Swimming Pool Trust held it’s AGM and is always on the lookout for Trustees. The plans have been approved, the land has been committed by the Council, it’s just a case of getting the funding for the various elements and keeping the business plan up to scratch.

Kirkpatrick Juxta Community Council was on the same night but I managed to get to Beattock before the end of the meeting to pick up issues and give updates. Still waiting for work on the pavilion to finish which could open up a range of activities for sports in the village but at least now the Council is accepting responsibility for it.

South of Scotland Alliance met in Moffat on Friday and all the good work over the years in building the case for NUTS2 review, which is now at the ‘rubber-stamp’ stage could be dissolved if the EU referendum results in Scotland being taken out. The Scottish Government is keen to find a way to stay in Europe, assuming of course that the Scottish Electorate vote to remain, irrespective of the vote in the rest of the UK. Scottish Enterprise will be having an ‘end-to-end’ review across the country so this could make it more effective in delivering support in D&G which would be welcome.

The Bad:

Local Review Body included a report (15/P/4/0340) dealing with an appeal against a retrospective planning application at Riverside Steading, Langbedholm near Beattock, just by the M74 and Evan Water. The appeal was not upheld and enforcement notices have been served in relation to unauthorised developments at the site.

As a current board member of Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service considering conflict of interest?

The Necessary:

Attended a Planning Committee site visit to Barnhills Farm, Kirkcolm (near Corsewall Lighthouse) to get a better understanding of the issues affecting the site and the surrounding area.

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