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New recovery board to be created by Highland Council to help it plan for life after the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic

By Gregor White

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Councillor Alasdair Christie will lead the new recovery board.
Councillor Alasdair Christie will lead the new recovery board.

A HIGHLAND Council Recovery Board has been established to lead and plan the local authority’s emergence from lockdown.

The council says the board will provide strategic co-ordination for a Recovery Action Plan for council services and will also provide oversight and direction for the council’s partnerships with communities and other organisations.

The board will be chaired by the council’s depute leader, Alasdair Christie, and will also report and make recommendations to full council for its consideration.

Early priorities for the board include restoring council governance to normal as well as plans for how to safely return the workforce.

Prioritising services and a focus on budget and resource will also top its agenda, in addition to addressing the wider economic situation.

Cllr Christie said: “This is perhaps the most difficult, complex and important challenge that the council has ever had to address, the extent of the damage caused by coronavirus in Highland will take us a very long time to recover from.

"The board will work with individuals, groups, businesses and partners to ensure we have a dedicated team established to take on board views and ideas, as we set about starting this mammoth task."

He added: "The assessment of impact on our staff, on partners and on our communities will also be an important part of what guides us in decision making."

The board will present a draft plan and seek ratification at the next meeting of Highland Council, planned for June.

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