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Council / Westside councillor resigns from planning committee

SHETLAND West councillor Catherine Hughson has resigned from the planning committee, claiming the erosion of decision-making powers was one of the reasons for her decision.

Westside councillor Catherine Hughson. Photo: Shetland News

She also said she felt unable to represent the interests of her constituents properly due to the constraints imposed on members of the planning committee.

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“This committee has not met for many months,” she said.

“Other local authorities seem to meet monthly on planning matters but here [in Shetland] there seem to be little councillors have decision-making powers on, because of decision-making being devolved to officer level.

“As a member of the planning committee you are very constrained in what you can do for your constituency. Before I was elected to the planning committee I assisted in an appeal for a young couple in the area and we won that appeal.

“As a member of the planning committee I would not be allowed to assist in that wayagain.”

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