Great re­sponse from tour di­rec­tor

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Sir - My thanks to the Gal­loway News re­porters whose en­quiries brought an apol­ogy from the Tour of Bri­tain route di­rec­tor for by­pass­ing New Gal­loway and a prom­ise to con­sider the tiny royal burgh next time.

That’s a very fair re­sult in the cir­cum­stances and far more than our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and paid coun­cil of­fi­cials achieved.

I con­tacted all three coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent­ing this ward. Only one re­sponded say­ing they all worked to­gether on the tour and com­ing through New Gal­loway “simply wouldn’t be pos­si­ble”.

So no hope at all as far as they were con­cerned.

I also heard from Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil’s se­nior events of­fi­cer ex­plain­ing his pro­mo­tional strat­egy.

None of them an­swered the simple ques­tion – did you ac­tu­ally ask for the route to in­clude New Gal­loway?

It is time the coun­cil and our tourism chiefs used their lev­er­age to max­imise eco­nomic ben­e­fit for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties like ours, not just coastal towns like Kirkcud­bright.

I hope New Gal­loway’s com­mu­nity coun­cil will write to Andy Hawes (of SweetSpot), the tour’s route di­rec­tor, thank­ing him for his pos­i­tive re­sponse and open­ing the door to fu­ture co-op­er­a­tion.

Stu­art Lit­tle­wood New Gal­loway

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