Despair at council ‘inefficiencies’
Sir – The front page headline of the edition of The Galloway News on March, 28, 2019 was Dumfries and Galloway Council introducing a “Tombstone Tax” to raise £50,000 per year for the cash-strapped authority.
On page three it was stated that they were then axing four highly paid officials which will bring savings of £650,000.
Then finally on page five it states that the Old Hearse House had been sold to Crossmichael Community Trust for the token fee of £1. What is not mentioned is the fact that Dumfries and Galloway Council actively marketed the Hearse House for sale, applied a closing date for the sale, received several substantial offers for the property and then gave it away for £1.
It is complete and utter madness that the council should turn down substantial monetary offers for properties they own in favour of community asset transfers especially in this case when there is already a heritage hub being set up in the church hall. It is also a cost and total waste of time for the people who put in genuine offers.
It is little surprise that the council is cash-strapped with behaviour like this. Should other businesses run their operations like this, then it would only be a matter of time before they go out of business. They cannot pass on their inefficiencies to the general public to bail them out like the council do! I despair. Name and address supplied