'On top of the lack of any treatment to the pavements (I've often wondered why cars get priority over pedestrians?) what about the scandal of the Council Office's being closed from 24th December to 5th January. This is a relatively new innovation but why? I can understand businesses such as building firms having a long break during the festive season but the Council is supposed to serve the people. Yes, have the statutory Bank holidays but the offices should be open for the public. OK, there is an emergency phone service but this is a public facing body. If you work there you should realise that at some time you should expect to work between Christmas and New Year, after all the Library (another Highland Council establishment) is open between Christmas and New Year, so what’s so special about the Council Offices? Another example of this bureaucratic institution forgetting why it is there?And don’t get me started on the Doctor’s surgery……….. '