Colin Campbell's News View

Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell

More important things than a city council

PROPOSALS for Inverness to have its own city council are back on to the agenda. New local authority leader Margaret Davidson says it should be a  subject for “meaningful debate”.

I doubt that more than a handful of civic activists and talking heads are interested in this. Most people just want schools kept open, teaching hours untouched, bins emptied and other basic services maintained.

Any moves to give Inverness a “city council” would spark off furious squabbling with councillors elsewhere wanting their own one too.  And if they all got what they wanted it would require extra layers of bureaucracy amid massive upheaval at inordinate expense.

With Highland councillors endlessly pleading poverty this is no time to start thinking about playing musical chairs with the system. There are far more important things for them to “meaningfully debate”.

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