MSP’s and candidate’s concern over future of SEPA in Dingwall

30 April 2010

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Peter Peacock and Ross, Skye and Lochaber Westminster candidate John McKendrick remain concerned about the future of SEPA in Dingwall following a meeting with Unison.

The meeting was held amid fears that SEPA is considering selling a building housing laboratories in Dingwall as part of a review into its operations throughout Scotland and plans to centralise its environmental science work in Aberdeen and the central belt.

Mr Peacock said: "John and I had a very useful meeting with Unison officials on Friday which we requested in order to be briefed about the SEPA workforce’s perception on what’s happening with jobs and buildings in Dingwall.

"As a result of the meeting we will be raising concerns about any disposal of the laboratory building in Dingwall and I shall be tabling various Parliamentary questions to try to get to the bottom of SEPA’s long term intentions regarding their presence in Dingwall.

"We remain very concerned about long term job prospects in Dingwall and the centralising of SEPA services."


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