Monday, 31 March 2008

High heels.

Mr Smith wasn't sure that this story was for real ... but apparently it was intended to be "humorous".

"A Highland councillor who tried to use her high heels as a lever to get free parking is claiming a victory in her battle over charges. Maxine Smith said yesterday she was delighted to hear that the Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) now issued five free temporary vehicle passes to companies with a rig repair contract at its Invergordon site. She had argued earlier this month that the authority should waive its £50-a-year parking fee for her because she could not be expected to leave her yellow Hyundai Coupe in the car park outside the base and walk half a mile in high heels and business attire to meetings with constituents on the base. But port manager Captain Ken Gray told the SNP councillor – who is one of four members for the Cromarty Firth ward – she must pay for an annual pass or, if her visits were occasional and brief, apply for a visitor’s permit."

Good to see that the introduction of proportional representation at the elections for Scotland's councils last year has brought such a colourful group of councillors into public life. Councillor Smith also declares gifts of champagne and flowers in her declaration of interests at Highland Council and that she is a "self-employed partner" in the Venus Beauty Salon. That explains the high heels then, but what about the yellow Hyundai Coupe?

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