Council leader Jim McCabe to call it a day

Jim McCabe, right, with council chief executive Paul Jukes, left, and Scottish Secretary David Mundell last month.
Jim McCabe, right, with council chief executive Paul Jukes, left, and Scottish Secretary David Mundell last month.

North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim McCabe is to stand down after nearly 18 years in the post.

The veteran Viewpark councillor revealed his decision at a meeting of the authority’s ruling Labour group last night.

It comes with the next council elections 15 months away and Labour facing a stiff task to hang on to power after the huge strides made by the SNP in last year’s General Election.

Councillor McCabe (75) has been a prominent member of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and a fierce critic of Westminster and Scottish Government cuts to council funding.

He was forced to step aside temporarily after heart surgery two years ago, but recovered well and is now making final plans for the council’s 2016/17 budget before quitting for good at the end of next month.

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes