Community Council nomination deadline
4 pm on Wednesday (27 June) is the deadline for candidates to return their election nomination forms for round 3 of the forthcoming Community Council elections, which involve those which are currently unformed.
Nominations are invited from persons seeking election as members of Community Councils in Wards 2/4: Caithness West (10 members); Ward 11: Uig (8 members); Ward 12: Caol (9 members); Ward 15: Inverness Central (8 members); Ward 21: Aviemore and Vicinity (9 members); Laggan (8 members).
The new scheme also allows people aged 16 to seek election and also to vote in the election. The deadline for 16 and 17 year olds requesting to be included on the register is Friday (29 June).
Nominations forms are available from the home page of The Highland Council's web site: /yourcouncil/elections/communitycouncils/nominationpack2.htm. They can also be obtained from any Council Service Point, or by contacting the Council Service Centre on 01349 886606.
From councillor Deirdre Mackay, Highland Council ‘This is Brora not Beverley Hills and it's a classic example of what we are now seeing at family events across Highland. ‘Since I first raised this issue in June the responses from Police Scotland become ever stranger.
A local Highland builder is to appear in a new BBC rogue trader consumer programme entitled "How Safe is Your House?" Norman Hughes (recently trading as: Caledonian Roofing and Building and Driveline Paving) has been carrying out shoddy paving work at extortionate prices and ignoring warnings from trading standards officers. To alert consumers, Highland Council trading standards officers seized the opportunity to be featured in a primetime slot for BBC One's How safe is your house? programme.
Clachmore to Latheron. Safety improvement works worth around £200,000 have begun on the A9 between Clashmore to Latheron, north of Inverness.
Ruth Cleland, currently Strategic Engagement Manager with Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been appointed as Corporate Communications Manager with The Highland Council. Ruth was, from April 2008 to October 2014, Head of Communications with Northern Constabulary and before that held the roles of Head of Internal Communications with NHS Highland (2005- 2009) and Public Relations and Communications Manager with the Highland Acute Hospitals Trust (1999-2005).
The Highland Council and Contractor ISS have put in place measures to improve standards of grass cutting in public open spaces and cemeteries in the Highlands. The move has come about following recent unprecedented levels of complaints about standards of grass cutting which were received by Elected Members and the Council in the past month.
Highland Councillors have approved £20,000 funding towards the appointment of a Project Manager to spearhead the establishment of a Highland Science Academy on the new Inverness Campus at Beechwood. The new post will be responsible for taking forward an action plan to progress the Science Academy project over a 2 year period.
The next Highland Council budget forum will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 8 July in Strathy Village Hall, Strathy, Sutherland. It is the latest in a series of budget events being held to consult the public over spending priorities between 2015-2019, during which time the Council has to find savings of an estimated £63 million.
The Highland Council is to take a lead role in helping businesses save money, be more competitive and reduce their environmental impact by using resources more efficiently, by backing the national Resource Efficiency Pledge scheme. The Resource Efficiency Pledge is a new scheme from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland which works with businesses to help them reduce both their running costs and carbon emissions.
Legislation will help local authorities recover costs. A new law that will allow local councils to recover debts they have incurred when taking on enforcement work on dangerous or defective buildings, has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.
Transport Scotland is to re-open the toilet block at North Kessock on the southbound A9 for the summer period. Alastair Somerville, Area Manager, Transport Scotland said: "We are committed to this facility in the long-term and in the short-term and have asked our contractors BEAR Scotland NW to undertake a review of the facility with an aim of having the toilet block re-opened for the summer period.
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