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HARBOUR HORROR FOR HIGHLAND MANAGERS

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Highland Council is losing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year due to poor management of its major harbours, acc...
Highland Council is losing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year due to poor management of its major harbours, according to a confidential internal audit report.

Head auditor George Munro listed several areas of concern at the council-owned harbours at Kinlochbervie and Lochinver.

These included an unauthorised bank account and the failure to record six fish landings worth£19,000 in two weeks.

Most surprising were reports of a large creditor list at a council-owned bonded warehouse in Lochinver, which sells spirits to foreign boats.

According to Mr Munro, checks relating to a six-week period from July 1998 found that only three of eight shipments of spirits had been paid for.

A staw poll of councillors present at the council's headquarters this week revealed no-one knew of the warehouse's existence. Roads and transport chairman Charlie King admitted the report did not look good.

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