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Highland Council blog invites comments on cuts

An Ood from Doctor Who
Science fiction props have given an at-risk museum one of its busiest spells

A blog set up by a council as part of its public consultation on potential budget cuts has invited views on closing pools, museums and libraries.

Highland Council is seeking to save millions of pounds across all its services and departments.

Officials have produced a draft list of buildings and services that the public has been asked to consider as part of efforts to save £36m.

The blog by budget leader David Alston is contained in the council's website.

Other options include transferring the ownership and management of some facilities to not-for-profit organisations, cutting opening hours and raising entry fees.

Nairn's first female provost was sacked by fellow councillors earlier this week in a row over claims she used the post to promote her political views.

Busiest spells

The situation was understood to have reached a head following a public meeting chaired by Liz MacDonald earlier this month.

At the meeting she was accused of expressing her political views to attack Highland Council's budget plans, which could lead to the closure of Nairn's pool.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is another council-run building at risk of closure.

Last week, it had one of its busiest spells after the opening of an exhibition of science fiction film and television props with almost 1,000 visitors over the first three days of the show.

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