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WESTERN ISLES PLANS RADICAL CHANGES

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After a 75 minute private session Western Isles IC has approved proposals for radical changes in organisational str...
After a 75 minute private session Western Isles IC has approved proposals for radical changes in organisational structure which will target four departments.

The move follows a report by Professor Alan Alexander after the BCCI crisis dealing with the procedures, policies and structures of the council.

Chief Executive Brian Stewart last week outlined his proposals in private to the internal review sub committee and will prepare a consultation document.

It is understood the proposals suggest scrapping the economic, development and planning department, the architect's department, the engineering department and the management services unit.

The chief executive's office would take over the function of economic development, and planning would be amalgamated with consumer protection and the environmental health department.

A new technical services department would take in engineering and architecture but the property repairs and maintenance aspect of the latter department would be taken over by housing.

It is also proposed that housing would take over the housing improvement grants system from consumer protection and environmental health. The plan suggests splitting the management services unit - the personnel section would return to its original home in the administration department, the training section would go to the education department, and the information technology section would be absorbed into the finance department.

An amendment that housing improvement grants should remain with environmental health was defeated by the casting vote of the convener.

There will be full consultation with individuals affected by the proposed changes plus the unions, the management team and the public.

A full report detailing the results of the consultation and their financial implications will be submitted to a future meeting. The council hopes to implement the proposals by 1 April 1994.

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