Notes from a Councillor
This week we were shocked by the unexpected death of Cllr Ian Campbell, Council Leader and Councillor for the next door ward Highland. Ian was a councillor who worked for those he represented without favour and to the utmost he could. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Like everywhere else the council has been caught up in this year’s severe flu epidemic and there have been many absences; both members and officers. It has been quite a job making sure the committees were covered so that decision making could carry on as usual.
Now that the Festive Season is over and the flu bug has been seen off we are getting on with 2018. We are now almost half way through February and the work is unrelenting. We are in the annual task of preparing a budget under what was an even tighter financial settlement than before. We have to balance the budget and make sure it is legal. We watched the usual playing to the gallery of a minor political group followed, as usual, by capitulation and an agreement to support Holyrood’s budget. We are grateful, however, as this means we have a little more money to spend on the services we provide. Budget day for Perth and Kinross has been delayed till 22nd February.
As I attend meetings outwith Dunkeld and Birnam they are amazed at the achievement by all those working on the A9 dualling. The hard work has paid off with the community now having carte blanche to have a major say in the design of the road. This is a first. The co-creative process has brought the community together right down to the fully involved and switched on young people I met at the Youth Parliament Event in Birnam Arts Centre on 26th January. The young people know what they would like to see and I have undertaken to help where I can. It did leave me, though; with the wish I had a magic wand.
We have had a wet winter but now the sun has shone on many days. I think I feel a touch of Spring, the snowdrops are out and the daffodils have poked their nose out of the soil so we can look forward to Easter and hopefully good summer weather which will get us out of doors.
My best wishes, to residents who live in and organisations who work for the benefit of Dunkeld and Birnam, for a good 2018.
I am always happy to hear from anyone who has ideas or has issues they wish to raise. I can be contacted by e-mail at AnneJarvis@pkc.gov.uk. My telephone number is 01738 475030.
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