Transport Fleet and the Traffic Commissioner

I didn’t want the working week to end without me putting on record my appreciation of the hard work of all staff, trades union partners and managers who have been involved in implementing together the extensive programme of improvement activity at the transport fleet that has been underway since the Council was called before the Traffic Commissioner at the end of last year.

You will be aware that the situation the Commissioner highlighted was very poor and a number of major challenges needed to be addressed effectively but swiftly to ensure that we could continue to operate.  I am very impressed by the way this very difficult situation has been tackled and it was gratifying to hear this week the Traffic Commissioner’s recognition of the progress that has been made.  Much remains to be done, but I am confident that the team will now push on and ensure that in the not too distant future our fleet operation is recognised as being exemplary.

One final note I need to add is a personal thank you to Mark Reilly for his tireless leadership of this work.  I am very grateful to him for the determined way he has ensured that the much needed improvement has been and is being achieved.

2015 General Election

It’s the morning after the night before and ahead of becoming  fully immersed once again in the day job, I wanted to take the opportunity to write to thank everyone involved in delivering the 2015 General Election in the two constituencies for which I am Returning Officer – Aberdeen North and Aberdeen South.

I’ll be writing to all the staff who worked with me and my Deputes – David Gow, Steven Dongworth, Crawford Langley and Ciaran Monaghan – to express my gratitude to them, but mention should also be made of all the groups and organisations who made venues available to us for use as polling places and to Robert Gordon University for our count venue at RGU:Sport.

Thanks are also due to our partners who assisted in the delivery of the elections – Ian Milton and his Electoral Registration team, the Idox team who worked with us on the processing of postal votes, Royal Mail, Police Scotland and Showsec Security.

Once the dust has settled on the General Election and all the required paperwork has been finalised, we’ll take the opportunity to reflect on what we might be able to improve in the way we do things and work will begin on the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary Elections.