Council Backs Action Plan to Improve Buildings Standards

The Highland Council has approved an action plan to improve its performance in dealing with building warrants.

Members of the Planning Environmental and Development Committee accepted the commitment and resolve of the Planning and Development Service management to provide a better service to the public.

In particular, members noted with satisfaction the additional spending on the service of £190,000 in 2008/09, moves to enhance the management of the service; the continued short-term use of private sector building standards consultants to reduce backlogs of work and encouraging the appointment of  trainees.

Councillor Drew Hendry, Chairman of the Planning Environmental and Development Committee, said: “We have readily acknowledged the shortcomings that existed in the Buildings Standards Service and that have been highlighted in a recent audit of the service.

“We are committed totally to improving the situation and I am pleased at the support the committee has given to our plan of action to deal more promptly with applications for building warrants.

“We will look at our management and staffing levels and we will encourage school leavers and young people to learn the profession as trainees.

“We will seek regular reports from the Director to ensure that the improvement we crave is delivered.”

20 Mar 2008