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Senior team members from the Highland Council met with a number of locals on Monday 30 October.

The Highland Council's Executive Chief Officer for Communities and Customer Services, Carron McDiarmid & Head of Environmental & Amenity Services, Andy Summers visited a number of towns in Skye.

The discussions with staff locally are part of the senior team’s commitment to connect with staff better to find out about local operations and to hear their ideas for change.

The pair visited the Broadford depot to meet staff roads worker, Angus Fraser; litter patroller, Stefan Szoke; and Depot Manager, Brendan Henry.

Carron and Andy heard about the team's work and they also listened as Brendan, Angus and Stefan highlighted areas which might help them and their teams further improve the services they deliver to the public on Skye. 

From there they visited Sconser Quarry, where they met with Quarry Managerm David Jamieson. He highlighted the work carried out at the quarry and stressed the importance of succession planning, with workers due to retire in the not too distant future. He advised Carron and Andy that at least one modern apprentice would really benefit operations at the quarry.

David said that the Highland Council run quarry produces supplies for roads infrastructure and buildings. He also said that in an average year around 50,000 tonnes of material leaves the quarry.

Next on the journey was a visit to the Portree depot and a look around the waste management facilities with Morag Greenshields, Waste Management Officer (Ops). This provided both Carron and Andy with an opportunity to meet staff at the depot and hear about their work, as well as provide an opportunity for staff to highlight areas for improvement.

Later staff at the Council offices in Portree shared views on a number of things including how to improve staff communications and staff development/appraisal.  

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