Dun­beg coun­cil chair­woman quits

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THE out­go­ing chair­woman of Dun­beg Com­mu­nity Coun­cil says she is leav­ing the post as a protest, writes David McPhee.

Gwyneth Neal, who served as chair­woman for a decade, stepped down just hours be­fore the com­mu­nity coun­cil’s AGM, say­ing she did not agree with the ac­tions of a par­tic­u­lar group at a pre­vi­ous meet­ing.

Mrs Neal claimed that at a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing re­gard­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Kirk Road in Dun­beg, ‘the four peo­ple con­cerned had planned their strat­egy in ad­vance to un­der­mine oth­ers and take over on be­half of their po­lit­i­cal party’.

She said: ‘It’s very sad. Com- mu­nity coun­cils are there to look af­ter peo­ple and need to be non-po­lit­i­cal, not to for­ward the plans of a sin­gle group.’

At the Kirk Road de­vel­op­ment meet­ing, the new chair­man of Dun­beg coun­cil, Sean MacIn­tyre, was elected as chair­man of the stake­hold­ers’ com­mit­tee.

Mrs Neal con­tin­ued: ‘Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors do not have the power to con­trol bud­gets of coun­cils and char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions that have joint re­spon­si­bil­ity for a road.

‘I don’t think it is up to po­lit­i­cal coun­cil­lors to push mem­bers of the com­mu­nity coun­cil out.’

Oban North and Lorn coun­cil­lor Julie McKen­zie said she was as­tounded by the ‘ridicu­lous’ state­ments made. She told The

Oban Times: ‘At a re­cent pub­lic meet­ing in Dun­beg, I sug­gested to the chair that in or­der to en­sure com­mu­nity own­er­ship of the Kirk Road issue, that per­haps a com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive could be ap­pointed to chair the re­cently formed Kirk Road Stake­hold­ers’ Group.

‘This sug­ges­tion was met with no ob­jec­tion by any­one at the meet­ing and a Dun­beg com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor was duly ap­pointed by mem­bers of the pub­lic who were present.

‘I was hor­ri­fied to learn to­day [Tues­day] that my sug­ges­tion, which was in good faith, to em­power the com­mu­nity of Dun­beg, is now com­pletely mis­rep­re­sented as some kind of staged po­lit­i­cal coup.’

Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Sean MacIn­tyre said: ‘I am de­lighted to be the new chair of Dun­beg Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

‘Change is good for the com­mu­nity to move for­ward.

‘Is­sues with Kirk Road have been on­go­ing for 15 years and, in my eyes, and in the eyes of the com­mu­nity, it’s not good. They [the com­mu­nity] have been say­ing to me that they need change and that is the rea­son I de­cided to stand as chair.

‘Meet­ings are held on the sec­ond Mon­day of the month.’

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