Scotland to get its own demolition association.
DemolitionNews can exclusively report that the Scottish Building Federation is in advanced stages of launching the Demolition Contractors Association Scotland (DCAS).
We understand that several meetings have already taken place, including an interim executive meeting that took place on Friday last week. The membership criterion is currently being drawn up for the new association, and initial membership applications have already been received.
A more detailed announcement is expected later this week.
Scottish Building Federation (SBF) managing director Vaughan Hart is keen to point out that the new association has not been established to undermine the National Federation of Demolition Contractors’ membership north of the border. However, it is clear that the SBF is well-informed. It has had ties with the NFDC for many years; previously supplied the Scottish Region with its Regional Secretary; and a number of NFDC members are also SBF members.
Despite the 2014 referendum’s failure to deliver true independence, Scotland operates as a devolved nation. Much of the country’s legislative control now resides at the Scottish parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh where – DemolitionNews understands – the SBF is already well connected.
That voice in parliament, coupled with a more local focus and a greater insight into local legislation, might just be enough to lure Scottish NFDC members to jump ship.