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Highland Council      

NEW HOUSING SPOKESMAN

The Highland Council has elected Councillor Sheena Slimon, the representative for Badenoch West, to be its depute chairman of Housing and Social Work Committee, with special responsibility for housing matters.

Councillor Slimon succeeds Councillor Garry Coutts, Beauly and Strathglass, who resigned from the Council on Wednesday 5 May on being appointed Chairman of the NHS Highland Board.

Councillor Coutts was also the Councilís nominee on the NHS Board.  The Council has nominated Vice-Convener Michael Foxley, Ardnamurchan and Morvern, to take his place on the Board.

Convener Councillor Alison Magee paid tribute to the significant contribution made by Councillor Coutts during his seven years on the Council, and especially his leadership on housing matters and wished him every success in his future role at the helm of the NHS Highland Board.

The by-election for the Beauly and Strathglass ward will take place on Thursday 10 June, should there be a contest. The deadline for nominations is 4 pm on Thursday 13 May.

Councillor Bill Fernie is the Caithness area committee chairman for Housing and Social Work