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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Lockerbie group folds

LOCKERBIE Community Council collapsed this week after the resignation of two of its leading members.

Chairwoman Jan Andrews, above, and secretary Helen Haggart quit the group just hours before Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.

It has left the community council without enough elected members, meaning it has been dissolved.

But plans are already afoot to get it up and running again in the new year, when it’s hoped a by election can take place.

And townsfolk are being urged to join up and get involved.

Former vice chairman Ian McLatchie broke the news as members gathered in the town hall on Tuesday.

He said: “Due to these unfortunate resignations, Lockerbie Community Council is no more.

“We do not have a quorom of people and due to the rules and regulations of Dumfries and Galloway Council, we cannot go ahead. It’s therefore disbanded.”

To get it going again, 20 signatures from residents will have to be sent to the local authority to trigger a by-election within six weeks.

Up to 17 people can be elected on to the community council, with six being the minimum number required.

Calling for new recruits, Mr McLatchie added: “For 2024, let’s start anew and get a nice, new community council on board.”

Meanwhile, explaining her reasons, Ms Andrews yesterday said: “I decided to step down from the community council after more than about 30 years volunteering.

“I just feel the time has come to pass on the baton and have a fresh start.”

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