Police and Fire and Rescue Sub Committee

Consultation is now in progress about the under-used police stations across the region with no decision made and a report to come back to the Council with the results of the community feedback for final consideration. This will likely be end of the year of start of 2017. Whithorn is currently used by Scottish Ambulance Service and Langholm – well the old police station actually belongs to D&G Council but they Police rent a room in the Town Hall – and the Chief Superintendent was keen to emphasise that providing a dedicated community policing team and sharing other public and community resources was the best way forward. You can’t spend the same public pound more than once… the Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services even got a couple of mentions. Super.

Kirkpatrick Juxta Community Council (Beattock)

Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) attended and gave assurances alongside the contractors to address some community concerns, including:

  • improving the Traffic Management and keep heavy vehicles in the village to an absolute minimum by using the A701 where possible;
  • working with the Council to see if a better path could be reinstated to fill the gap in the cyclepath/footpath network;
  • work with Transerv to address the state of the trunk road roundabout where the land is difficult to maintain and only 2 and 1/2 trees remain from the “100” that were to be planted;
  • There will be delivery of a Transformer in early November but the timing will be determined by Police Scotland as it will need to be controlled and may happen during the night;
  • SPEN are having ongoing (now commercially sensitive) discussions with landowners on the Holms Road side to address access concerns;

Kirkmichael Community Council (Parkgate, Nethermill)

Some progress on getting the Bus Shelter fixed on the A701 but more concerns about the bus shelter in Nethermill. These are the responsibility of the Council to maintain but Kirkmichael CC is considering contributing something. Drainage issues at Clarks Engineering resurfaced as well as a debate on the best way to get broadband provided in the rural communities that are still distant from digital exchanges. There was a former SAS in the room so I was vigilant and behaved myself…

Lockerbie Swimming Pool Trust

Physically couldn’t make it without use of clones due to both community councils being on the same night! Frustrating but please accept my apologies.

Whitesands Flood Protection Scheme

Virtual walkthrough of the proposed vision shown to elected members with press, media and public (via Dumfries area Community Councils.)

Lochmaben Pipe Band

Met with members of Lochmaben Pipe Band to discuss fundraising towards getting Grade 1 Pipe Band Status and a strong sustainable future. Really positive and dedicated group! Currently Grade 3A but going for Grade 2 and then…

Other things

Oh and there’s a wee SNP Conference happening in Glasgow



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