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Eden row councillor resigns post
Roddy Balfour. Picture by Highland Council
Mr Balfour is an independent councillor
Highland Council's education committee chairman has resigned after a row over his comments about refurbishing Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Roddy Balfour quit at a meeting with fellow members of the authority's ruling independent and SNP coalition.

Council convener Sandy Park said he had accepted his resignation and denied Mr Balfour had been sacked.

The education chairman said spending on the council-owned Eden Court in Inverness was a "waste of money".

Mr Balfour, an independent councillor, had been invited to explain to his Nationalist coalition partners his stance on a theatre's revamp.

He had earlier claimed to have widespread public support, despite calls for his resignation from Mr Park and Liberal Democrat opposition councillors.

Mr Park said he respected Mr Balfour's decision and had accepted his resignation.

He added: "Councillor Balfour is a hard working councillor, who serves his community with great diligence, and I am sure he will continue to make a significant contribution to the workings of the council from the back benches."

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