Coun­cils unite to tackle roads

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times -

FIVE north of Scot­land coun­cils have joined forces to tackle ‘ big ticket’ road is­sues.

Mem­bers of The High­land Coun­cil have unan­i­mously agreed to the es­tab­lish­ment of a joint com­mit­tee with Aberdeen City Coun­cil, Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil, An­gus Coun­cil, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, Comhar­lie nan Eilean Siar and Mo­ray Coun­cil to be known as The North­ern Roads Col­lab­o­ra­tion Joint Com­mit­tee.

Al­lan Hen­der­son, Caol and Mal­laig coun­cil­lor and chair­man of the Places Com­mit­tee, which in­cludes trans­port, com­mended the for­ma­tion of the new com­mit­tee.

He said: ‘I com­mend this ini­tia­tive which will help High­land Coun­cil and our part­ner North­ern au­thor­i­ties ad­dress the ‘ big ticket’ road is­sues that af­fect us all.

‘By work­ing to­gether and shar­ing best prac­tices and ef­fi­cien­cies, I am con­vinced our ar­eas will ben­e­fit from the next five years of the joint com­mit­tee.’

Mem­bers agreed that Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil will take the role of lead au­thor­ity for the first year.

Wil­liam Gil­fil­lan, di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices, said mem­bers of the High­land Coun­cil’s Places Com­mit­tee will re­ceive an an­nual re­port on the per­for­mance, ac­tiv­i­ties and achieve­ments of the joint com­mit­tee. It is an­tic­i­pated the new com­mit­tee will hold its first meet­ing at the end of the sum­mer.

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