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Published 28 September 2018

West Dunbartonshire Council is set to share a senior roads and transport officer with Inverclyde Council, after revised proposals were agreed by Councillors.

The new structure will mean greater collaboration between the two authorities in a bid to avoid duplication and improve value for money across both areas.

It is hoped the appointment of a new strategic lead officer – who will be employed by Inverclyde but will have responsibility for the service at each Council – will also mean improved resilience and common working policies and practices.

Councillors had previously considered whether these services could be shared between both councils under the leadership of a single management team, with staff working across both areas.

But a revised approach has now been adopted to reap the benefits of shared working without introducing changes to frontline services or staff.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener for Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “This is a positive step forwards and will bring significant benefits and efficiencies for West Dunbartonshire including financial savings for our Council taxpayers.

“Our officers have worked hard to develop a way forward for shared working that is acceptable to all parties, and liaised with Trade Unions to understand how Roads staff would be affected.

“The outcome is sure to bring improvements to our roads network across West Dunbartonshire.”

Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener for Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development said: “Reporting into the same senior officer means not only will our Councils have shared vision and practices, but that there will be improved communication, we will be better equipped to deal with emergency situations including adverse weather, and we will be able to provide an improved and cost-effective service.”

Previously, a joint committee with Inverclyde and East Dunbartonshire Councils was established with a view to bringing services together.

East Dunbartonshire opted not to proceed with the arrangement at that stage, but at a Council meeting this week, councillors heard there was potential to engage with East Dunbartonshire on collaboration in future.