David Stewart : HIE campaign
outraged that the specialist knowledge we have in the
Highlands and Islands will be lost to a board sitting in
Glasgow or Edinburgh who cannot possibly know the unique
needs, logistics and cultures of the Highlands and Islands
I said from the
start I would oppose any move to wind up the HIE board. I
stand by that today and I would hope every other elected
representative throughout the Highlands and Islands will
stand up and do the same.
Commenting, Rhoda said ,
“Since John Swinney announced in Parliament on 23
November that the board of HIE would be scrapped and
replaced by a new single Scotland-wide board there has been
outrage throughout the Highlands and Islands.
It is a wrong
decision to take away powers from a region that the present
board is there to represent and develop. In addition,
creating one board to co-ordinate the activities of four
different agencies makes no sense.
Rhoda Grant and I
have contacted every Highlands and Islands based MSP, MP and
Councillor asking if they oppose the Scottish Government’s
proposal to scrap the HIE board in favour of an overarching
joint national board.
Each of these agencies
has specialities and specific roles and expecting members of
the board to have a full and detailed understanding of all
of these disciplines is a huge ask."
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