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Fort William and Ardnamurchan ward councillor Blair Allan has moved to a new home in Fife, he confirmed this week.
The SNP member of Highland Council, who had lived in Fort William and recently retired from his position as chief executive of Lochaber Housing Association, said he is still considering what his new situation means for his role as a councillor.
‘Yes, I have recently moved to Fife following my retirement last month from my position as chief executive at Lochaber Housing Association,’ Mr Allan told the Lochaber Times this week.
Mr Allan said the move sees him return to his roots in Fife but, more importantly, takes him nearer to the on-going medical support he needs following an extended period of ill-health in recent years.
On the question of his continuing as a Highland councillor, Mr Allan added: ‘I have, of course, been considering the impact this may have on my ability to undertake my responsibilities as a councillor going forward.
‘While I have been successfully continuing to cover these remotely from Fife over the last few weeks, including attending council meetings as required and representing constituents with their concerns and problems, I will be giving the matter further consideration in the coming days and will make a decision in relation to my future soon.’
A Highland Council spokesperson told us: ‘Councillor Allan updated his personal details last week. His new home address is in Fife. There is no legal issue.
‘The council has no rules on this matter. Issues such as qualification, disqualification etc are regulated by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Attendance of meetings is also provided for within the Act.’