High praise for build­ings staff

The Oban Times - - News -

THE Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has given top marks to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s build­ing stan­dards.

Min­is­ters have re-ap­pointed all 32 Scot­tish lo­cal au­thor­i­ties as ‘ ver­i­fiers’, who can grant build­ing war­rants, un­der Sec­tion 7 of the Build­ing (Scot­land) Act 2003 from May 1, 2017. The pe­riod of ap­point­ments dif­fer (six years, three years or one year) de­pend­ing on past per­for­mance of the in­di­vid­ual lo­cal au­thor­ity.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has ‘per­formed well and has shown

The team has been in the top three An­gus Gil­mour Head of plan­ning

strong turn­around times and cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion’, along­side 16 other coun­cils, in­clud­ing Comhiarle nan Eilean Siar.

Head of plan­ning and reg­u­la­tory ser­vices An­gus Gil­mour said: ‘Our build­ing stan­dards team works very hard to sup­port de­vel­op­ers in en­sur­ing that new homes and other build­ings are safe for use.

‘Their fo­cus is on pro­tect­ing pub­lic safety in timescales that sup­port the am­bi­tions of de­vel­op­ers and this is re­flected in the high level of cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion the team is achiev­ing.

‘Over the past three years, the team has been in the top three in Scot­land for cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion with build­ing stan­dards ser­vices.

‘This ap­point­ment as ver­i­fiers, for the max­i­mum pe­riod pos­si­ble of six years, recog­nises the high qual­ity of the work they are car­ry­ing out for res­i­dents and de­vel­op­ers across Ar­gyll and Bute.’

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