Back­ing for Bill

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Sir, With ref­er­ence to your front page story last week on lo­cal­ity part­ner­ships can I just say: ‘Well said Bill Calder­wood!’

There is no need or use for a lo­cal­ity part­ner­ship on Ar­ran – as events have proved. For decades com­mu­nity coun­cils have had the statu­tory role to ful­fil, just the very func­tion that lo­cal­ity part­ner­ships have been re­cently del­e­gated i.e. to rep­re­sent and con­sult with com­mu­ni­ties.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors are demo­crat­i­cally elected by their com­mu­nity and have the re­mit of con­sult­ing with and rep­re­sent­ing their elec­tors on lo­cal mat­ters. Their only and ma­jor con­straint is that they have never been ad­e­quately funded. Com­mu­nity coun­cils are well equipped to deal with mat­ters per­tain­ing to ‘com­mu­nity plan­ning part­ner­ships’ and to dis­burse funds as seen fit.

Lo­cal­ity part­ner­ships are one of the sil­lier ini­tia­tives of the cur­rent Scot­tish govern­ment which has a pen­chant to den­i­grate any struc­ture that it didn’t in­vent it­self. Com­mu­nity coun­cils are the long-es­tab­lished arm of lo­cal govern­ment that couldn’t be any closer to lo­cal com­mu­nity than they cur­rently are.

For the record Ar­ran Com­mu­nity Coun­cil was recog­nised as one of the best per­form­ing in North Ayr­shire. I don’t think that has changed. This is the body through which com­mu­nity con­cerns and sug­ges­tions should be chan­nelled and dealt with.

Yours, Margie Cur­rie, Black­wa­ter­foot.

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