More commercial but without real accountability
Regarding Councillors Baxter’s stand over parking charges, according to Highland Council, ‘The council agreed in June 2018 that decision-making for off-street parking income and expenditure will be delegated to local/city committees.’ (www. highland.gov.uk/ downloads/file/19425/thc_parking_policy_2018_to_2023)
It does seem that Highland Council Inverness has grown far too large to represent the people of Highland democratically. For years Fort William has had parking charges while other towns in Highland region have had none.
The council is a taxpayer-funded organisation, it is not, as some of those employed and elected think, a commercial enterprise that can extract as much profit from residents and visitors alike.
It is time that Highland Council was broken up and local democracy and accountability by elected members and none elected employees was returned to local communities.
Inverness and Highland Council may see themselves as the capital of the Highlands but in reality they are far removed from the real Highlands and the people that live in them, as Councillor Baxter has found out.
Do people know that their council is working towards implementing, across Highland region, resident parking permits?
The SNP promised an end to the community charge with a suggested local income tax. What we are seeing now instead is councils increasing their income by indirect taxation even Councillor Baxter has said that Highland Council wants to become more commercial. More commercial but without real accountability and responsibility. Cyril Bonnett, Ballachulish.