Building standards ‘won’t be privatised’

A RECENT decision by the Scottish Government to keep the verification of building work out of private hands and within local authority control has been welcomed by East Dunbartonshire Council.

Building Standards officers are responsible for checking construction work from design through to completion.

Their inspections ensure that new homes, offices and public buildings meet all relevant regulations.

The decision follows a consultation by the Scottish Government last year which asked for the views of the construction and development sector about the possible introduction of private companies.

Overwhelmingly, those who took part recognised the expertise and experience of Councils and felt that the role should be retained by them.

Minister for Local Government and Planning Derek Mackay said: “Scotland’s building standards system is recognised as being one of the most successful in Europe. Following consultation, I have decided that local authorities are still best placed to protect the public and to deliver the government’s key building standards objectives. I am extremely encouraged by the strong commitment that local authorities have given me to continue improving their services.”

Convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s Development & Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Billy Hendry, said: “This is good news and I welcome the Scottish Government’s move to ensure that councils continue to deliver this vital service. Our Building Standards team carry out a very important role in often demanding circumstances and they clearly have the respect and confidence of the industry in which they operate. East Dunbartonshire Council will continue to maintain this high standard.”