Preparations for the European elections in Dalry have been likened to “Ony Fools and Horses” after a delivery mix-up.
according to Dalry resident andi Holmes two council workmen arrived at the town hall on Monday to drop off voting equipment.
but the men had been sent to the wrong address – because polling nextthursday will be at the library.
they then arrived at Mr Holmes’house to ask about access to the library - only to discover it is closed on Mondays.
“they asked if I had keys to the library – which I didn’t – to deposit their payload,”Mr Holmes told the News.“I explained to them the library is only opentuesdays and Fridays to which they said this was on their job sheet for today.
“that means two staff were dispatched to the wrong address with no prior arrangement for access.the town hall has frequently been used for elections in the past – but not on this occasion.
“On getting the address right, no one concerned seemed to know where our librarian was on a Monday – which was working in castle Douglas library.”
Mr Holmes added:“I understand there are other library key holders in the village. I don’t know who they are – but the council should.
“Half the council staff seem to know where the election is and the other half doesn’t.
“this farce would make a episode from an Only Fools and HorsestV show.”
Mr Holmes also criticised the council for printing polling cards stating that voting would take place at Dalry customer services centre.
He said:“I’d wager nine out of ten villagers wouldn’t know they had a customer services centre in Dalry, let alone where it was. If the card had just said Dalry Library underneath, that would have made sense.
“It is an actual condition of DGc’s use of the building that it should always be referred to as theW.R. Gourlay Memorial Library after the patron who gifted it to the village in 1948.”
Mr Holmes added:“I just hope arrangements for the European Elections are going better elsewhere in the region.
the council did not comment.
Critical Villager Andi Holmes outside the library polling station