Top-level trio quits community council

Martin Dibley.
Martin Dibley.

THREE leading office bearers have resigned from Anstruther’s community council, which is embroiled in controversy over an event it staged this year.

At an open meeting last Monday, chair Helen Allan, secretary Martin Dibley and vice-chair Gerald Cooper all stepped down from the Community Council of the Royal Burgh of Kilrenny and Anstruther and of Cellardyke.

The three had approximately 60 years of service between them.

Mr Dibley said he had taken the step because of “continuing criticism of office bearers”.

However, far from their departures threatening the group’s future through lack of numbers, Mr Dibley said some new people had recently joined and he understood others may be willing to come forward, including new office bearers.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 10 and is due to be chaired by Councillor Elizabeth Riches, one of the East Neuk local elected members, who will be presiding until new office bearers are appointed.

Mr Dibley said his 19 years of commitment, including 14 years as secretary, seemed to count for nothing and “being told month after month that what you are doing is not good enough” had taken its toll.

He nevertheless believed the community council would progress if new people brought new ideas.

“Sometimes you do need a fresh start with fresh faces, and I think there was a feeling that was needed,” he told the Mail.

The community council, formed in the mid-1970s, has recently held two closed meetings over concerns relating to a funding issue, which were raised following an event it had put on in the summer.

A police spokesman told the Mail a man had since been arrested and charged with fraud, while a report was being prepared for the Procurator Fiscal.