David Stitt, Labour councillor for Abbey, has hit out at the Conservative and Independent councillors of the Stewarty Area Committee labeling them “out of touch” with the local Dalbeattie community.
This comes after today’s (Wedensday 16 October) meeting of the area committee which discussed the future of Dalbeattie Library. Under the previous Conservative-led coalition’s proposals, the library would have moved from its current home on Dalbeattie High Street to the new Dalbeattie Learning Campus, which will be based at the current site of Dalbeattie High School. A report to the Stewartry Area Committee showed that 85% of the public who took part in the council’s survey opposed the plan. A petition with nearly 200 signatures was also presented to the Council ahead of the area committee meeting.
The Stewarty Area Committee voted six councillors to four in favour of recommending to the Education Committee that the library is not relocated. The four councillors who voted against the recommendation were Finlay Carson, Patsy Gilroy, Jane Maitland and George Prentice.
Councillor Stitt said:
“This vote saw common sense prevail. From when this was first proposed to now, I have been with people of Dalbeattie in opposing this move. The people of Dalbeattie have shown time and time again that they were against this move. They showed it with their response to the survey as well as the number of people who signed the petition. As councillors we are here to listen to and represent our constituents’ views. The two independent councillors Jane Maitland and George Prentice as well the Tory councillors Finlay Carson and Pasty Gilroy who voted for the move, have demonstrated just how out of touch they are really are. When the Conservatives were in power they attempted to impose unwanted things on local communities and this vote shows they have not changed.”
“Going forward, I am sure that the full meeting of the Education Committee will take our recommendation on board and officially scrap this plan once and for all.