Garvie to head provosts’ association

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The Scottish Provosts Association has been relaunched to enable provosts to be more effective in their role as civic heads and to rejuvenate local democracy in Scotland.

Councillor Graham Garvie, convener of Scottish Borders Council, has been appointed president of the association. Councillor Malcolm Bell, convener of Shetland Islands Council, takes up the role of vice president, while Councillor Tom Kerr, provost of West Lothian Council, has been appointed as secretary.

Councillor Garvie said: “Everybody knows that councils deliver key services, but often the vital role of the civic head as a community ambassador can be somewhat overlooked. Scotland has a long tradition of local civic government and the value of a non-party-political Association of Provosts as defender of local government and local democracy cannot be under-estimated.”