Strath­more coun­cil­lor Ian says that it is ‘time to hand over the reins’

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the trans­for­ma­tion of Perth Mu­seum and Art Gallery and the Tay Cities Deal bid - which he said “will her­ald a new era of op­por­tu­nity and prosperity for Perth and Kin­ross and the wider re­gion”.

He con­tin­ued: “It has been an honour to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Perth and Kin­ross and a priv­i­lege to head the coun­cil over the past 10 years. It has also been a plea­sure to work with coun­cil staff and fel­low coun­cil­lors, from all po­lit­i­cal par­ties, and work in a friendly and con­struc­tive way for the good of all.

“I would also like to thank of­fi­cers and em­ploy­ees of the coun­cil for their hard work and com­mit­ment to lo­cal peo­ple.”

He added: “I es­pe­cially want to thank the peo­ple of the Alyth area, and lat­terly, of the Strath­more area who have elected me in suc­ces­sive elec­tions since 1995. It has been a priv­i­lege to rep­re­sent you.

“I leave the coun­cil in what I be­lieve is its strong­est ever po­si­tion. Our bid for City of Cul­ture 2021 is lead­ing the pack and we are the book­ies’ favourites to win the award.

“I have thor­oughly en­joyed my time at the coun­cil. It is cer­tainly a de­mand­ing role but at the same time very re­ward­ing. It is nice to be leav­ing on a high note.”

Perthshire North MSP and Deputy First Min­is­ter, John Swin­ney, paid warm trib­ute to Coun­cil­lor Miller.

He said: “I am very sorry that Ian Miller has de­cided to stand down from pub­lic of­fice and would like to pay trib­ute to the ex­cel­lent pub­lic ser­vice he has given to the peo­ple of Perth and Kin­ross.

“Ian has made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to the pub­lic life of our area since 1995, de­liv­er­ing im­prove­ments and pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments in chal­leng­ing times. As leader of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil, he has led the process of trans­form­ing the coun­cil into one of the most ef­fi­cient, best per­form­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Scot­land.

“Ian’s great strength has been his hon­esty, in­tegrity and his will­ing­ness to bring peo­ple from dif­fer­ent views to­gether for com­mon pur­pose. He has treated the op­po­si­tion and the pub­lic with re­spect and has used the author­ity vested in him to pos­i­tive ef­fect. That ap­proach has en­sured there is wide re­spect for Ian as leader of the coun­cil and has cre­ated an abil­ity to get things done.

“At a lo­cal level Ian has given in­dus­tri­ous ser­vice and con­stant sup­port to the peo­ple of Alyth and to the wider elec­torate in the Strath­more ward.

“Fi­nally, at a per­sonal level, I have for nearly 30 years en­joyed Ian’s friend­ship and po­lit­i­cal sup­port. He has been one of my clos­est al­lies and I greatly ap­pre­ci­ate all that I have learned from his calm and per­sua­sive ap­proach. I am pro­foundly grate­ful to Ian for all that he has ac­com­plished for Perth and Kin­ross.”

What has par­tic­u­larly pleased me has been the build­ing of many new schools

School work Cllr Miller is pic­tured with head teacher Con­nie Let­ford and pupils Chloe Scott and Mur­ray Knox at the site of the new Alyth Pri­mary School. Pic: David Phillips

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