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Isle of Whithorn Community Council 

Annual General Meeting

15 October 2015 



Present: H Jaques (Vice-chair), N Raines, J  Martin (Treasurer), B Rowley, J Niblock, F Farr and A Geddes (councillor), J McColm (councillor), I Mateir, K Matier, G Gamble, M Saunders and J Vickers (Isle in Bloom).


H Jaques, standing in for the Chairperson, welcomed everyone to the meeting.


1. Apologies: M Sunderland (chairperson), R Bell (secretary), E Carle. L Kiltie.

2. Previous minutes: minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting were approved asa correct record

3. Chairperson's Annual Report: The Community Council continued to deal with regular matters to do with potholes, pavements, street lights, the slipway, dangerous buildings, wind turbines, road safety and dog-fouling.

Flooding and flood risk continued to be a major part of the community's business. Meetings were held between residents and Council officers. A Strathclyde University feasibility around potential mitigation of flood risks was completed. Very recently, the new Solway Firth Flood Warning Scheme was launched at a well-attended meeting at the Church, by the Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Dr Aileen McLeod and Terry A'Hearn, Chief Executive of Scottish Envirnment Protection Agency.


Under the Rural Open Sure project, Vodaphone installed aerials and other equipment at the Steam Packet Hotel, St Ninian's and Boyach Farm. The Signal became active in September, bringing improvement to mobile phone reception. Thanks should go to the owners of the three buildings for agreeing to allow their premises to be used and also to Sue Reedman for working hard to bring this about. BT have also connected the Isle to the super fast broadband under the Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Government scheme to extend and improve access to broadband.

There have also been a number of beach cleans during the year and an 'Adopt a Beach' scheme was started. Thanks go to all who have adopted a beach, attended beach cleans and individually worked to keep the beaches clean 

Police Scotland continue to attend meetings on a regular basis. The Community Council also continues to work closely with Dumfries and Galloway Council about many routine matters and to receive training opportunities from the Council, most notably for the development of Community Resilience. In connection with the last, an award was received from the Council for resilience equipment. This is still in process of going forward. The local councillors continue to attend meetings regularly and we are grateful for their support. Thanks go to the Council Members and staff and to the Police.

Other items which are ongoing include the development of a community garden, the construction of ramp access to Drumullin Place and access to and signs for the coastal paths.

The Community Council continues to lay a wreath at the War Memorial on Remebrance Sunday. This year a commemoration was held marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day, at which Alex Haswell spoke.

The Solway Firth Partnership gave a presentation about its work to a meeting of the Council. A new information board was provided for the Harbour and the 'Out of the Blue' project was launched at the Church.


Insurance was obtained for the Isle Gala and Bonfire Night. Regarding the latter a successful fireworks display and bonfire night was held on 5th November 2014 and many thanks go to all the volunteers who made this event happen on the night and to those who gave donations to make it possible. 

Much of what happens in the Isle is supported by volunteers giving their time and skill to their community. A big thank you to them all.

At this meeting, special mention should be made of our appreciation for the time and commitment given to the Community Council by Elma Carle and Bob Rowley, who are retiring from membership. Both have served for many years and held office as Treasurer and Chair and Vice-chair respectively. Thank you both very much indeed.

Finally, I would wish to thank Marion Sunderland, our Chairperson, and Ruby Bell, our Secretary for the hard work and time that they have given to the community and the Community Council over the last year, and many years before.

Hugh Jaques


on behalf of Marion Sunderland, Chairperson

15 October 2015

A presentation gift and card from the Community Council was given to Bob Rowley and wuill be given to Elma Carle.

4. Treasurer''s Report: The General Account stands at £769.89 (including £384.85 for the firewoeks with donations of a further £100 to come in, leaving £385.04 for genral purposes) and the Admin account stands at a balance of £1,096.64 including a grant of £463.85 from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

5. AOCB: (a) Isle Gala: it was reported that the Gala both in 2014 and 2015 had bee very successful events, the latter led over two days. Thanks go to all those involved. (a) Isle in Bloom: Thanks were given to all involved for their hard work; the Bloom team have carried out excellent work in helping the Isle look smart, colourful and a place of which to be proud. Accounts would also be submitted within two weeks. (c) Youth Group:  no report was able to be given in L Kiltie's absence.

6. Future meetings: it was agreed that ordinary meetings of the Community Council would continue to be held on the third Thursday of the month at 7.00 p.m. in the Conference Room at St Ninian's (excepting December and July) and that the next AGM will be in the same place, at the same time on 20 October 2016.

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