Record

CodeNA11309
Dates1975-1996
Person NameSkye and Lochalsh District Council; 1975-1996
ActivityDistrict councils in Scotland were established under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1973 (c. 65). Their powers differed from those of the district councils which existed from 1930 to 1975. The Act established a two tier system of local government with nine regional councils and under them 53 district councils. There were also three island councils which performed the functions of district and regional councils. District councils were constituted in 1974 and acted as shadow authorities until 1975 when they assumed their full powers. The district councils’ main responsibilities comprised: district courts (under the District Courts (Scotland) Act, 1975, c.20), building control, burial and cremation, cleansing, community centres (shared with the regions), conservation areas, countryside (some regional responsibility), development control (except in Highland, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway), environmental health, housing, leisure and recreation, libraries, licensing, local planning, museums and art galleries (with the regional council), parks and tourism. The regional authority for the area of Skye and Lochalsh District Council was Highland Regional Council. Skye and Lochalsh District Council and Highland Regional Council were abolished in 1996 under the terms of the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act, 1994 (c. 39) and replaced by Highland Council which assumed most of their powers.
Corporate NameSkye and Lochalsh District Council
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