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5/5/2017
Highland Council Election ResultsThumbnail for article : Highland Council Election Results
The results for the 2017 Highland Council elections have been declared.   They are as follows: Independent 28 Scottish Conservative and Unionist 10 Scottish Green Party 1 Scottish Labour Party 3 Scottish Liberal Democrats 10 Scottish National Party (SNP) 22 Total elected 74 The first meeting of the new Council will be held on Thursday 18 May when the office-bearers will be confirmed.  
5/5/2017
Delivery of writs marks start to three General Election contests in the HighlandsThumbnail for article : Delivery of writs marks start to three General Election contests in the Highlands
The official process to elect Members of Parliament to represent the three UK Highland constituencies has begun.   Returning Officer, Steve Barron, Chief Executive of The Highland Council, was yesterday (Thursday 4 May) hand delivered three writs, instructing him to conduct an election for the Highland UK Parliamentary constituencies.  
28/4/2017
Digital Café challenges Highlanders to save money
People in the Highlands are being invited to drop in to new Digital Café sessions which could save them significant amounts of money.   The Highland Council in partnership with other Highland Social Landlords and the social enterprise company Libertie are hosting a series of mobile Digital Café events during May 2017.  
20/4/2017
Highland Council Signs New Deal To Save Millions
Mears signs new cost savings deal on PPP Highland schools project.   Mears has signed a new deal with the Highland Council which will see millions of pounds saved over the lifetime of the Private Public Partnership (PPP) Highland Schools Project.  
13/4/2017
Motorists advised of temporary traffic restrictions for Etape Loch Ness 2017
The Highland Council and partners are advising motorists of temporary road closures and speed restrictions which will be in place next weekend (22 - 23 April) during the Etape Loch Ness cycling event.   The restrictions and prohibitions which are being put in place are for participants' safety and to allow the Etape to take place on public roads.  
12/4/2017
Trading Standards take action against Fireplace Business
A Local business has been found in contempt of court after breaching an Enforcement Order previously issued following action taken by Highland Council Trading Standards.   On the 12th April 2017 at Inverness Sherriff Court Ms Diane Urquhart, Director of Inverness Fireplace and Heating Centre and Mr Michael Armour also of Inverness Fireplace and Heating Centre were found in breach of an Enforcement Order issued under the Enterprise Act 2002 and in contempt of court.  
12/4/2017
Non-domestic Rates 2017/2018 - Transitional Relief (TR) scheme
The Highland Council advises that Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) bills for 2017/18 are now being issued.   NDR is also known as Business Rates.  
10/4/2017
Council Elections - Registration and postal voting deadlines imminent
Voters are reminded of the deadlines for both registering to vote and applying to vote by post in the forthcoming Highland Council elections on Thursday 4 May.   Registration: To be able to vote in the elections, voters must be 16 years or over on 4 May 2017 and must be registered to vote.  
7/4/2017
165 Candidates To Contest 21 Council Multi-member Wards
The elections for the 74 seats on The Highland Council, being held on Thursday 4 May, will involve 165 candidates contesting all of the 21 multi-member wards.   Caithness will now only have two wards instead of three.  
4/4/2017
Call for voters in Highland to register in time for elections this May
With Scottish Council elections taking place in just a few weeks, voters in the Highlands are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May.   The call for voters to sign up comes as the Electoral Commission launches a national voter registration campaign to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of the elections taking place this year.  
4/4/2017
City-Region Deal - significant long term benefits anticipated
In response to a call for evidence on the impact of city-region deals in Scotland, by a Scottish Parliament Committee, Highland Council Director of Development and Infrastructure, Stuart Black said:"It is very early days to assess the impact of the City-Region Deal, however, it is anticipated that the impact of the Deal on Inverness and the wider Highland region will be significant in securing the long term productivity and economic growth of the region and position it as a region of digital opportunity.  Regional partners estimate that the City-Region Deal funding of £315m could unlock up to an additional £800 million of investment by the private sector.  
3/4/2017
Golspie and River Thurso Flood Protection Studies underwayThumbnail for article : Golspie and River Thurso Flood Protection Studies underway
The Highland Council has awarded a contract to a world leading engineering design firm to carry out comprehensive flood protection studies for two Highland coastal towns.   Thurso on the north coast and Golspie on the east coast have both suffered from flooding incidents over the years that has affected domestic and business properties and resulted in both towns being identified as Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) in the Highland and Argyll Local Flood Risk Management Plan.  
13/3/2017
Highland Council 2017 Election CalledThumbnail for article : Highland Council 2017 Election Called
The 2017 Highland Council election has been officially called today (Monday 13 March) with the Returning Officer seeking nominations from candidates wishing to stand in the local government elections which take place on Thursday 4 May.   A total of 74 Councillors will be appointed to represent the Council in 21 electoral wards, each with three or four elected members.  
10/3/2017
Wipro staff to be based in city centre officeThumbnail for article : Wipro staff to be based in city centre office
Wipro has opened a new delivery centre in Inverness as part of our growth plan and service delivery for the Highland Council.   40 to 50 staff will be based at Moray House in the city centre.  
10/3/2017
Council agrees Redesign Board recommendations
The Highland Council has agreed all the recommendations made by the Redesign Board.   The Board proposes a significant shift to localism.  
10/3/2017
Extra £1million capital for Highland roads
On Thursday 9th March, the Council approved £1million additional capital monies to be spent on Highland roads.   The Scottish Government, announced on 2 February 2017, an additional Capital Grant for Highland Council of £2.046m for 2017/18 and members have agreed to allocate £1million of this to roads.  
10/3/2017
Highland Council funding to CAB Projects
The Highland Council has agreed to extend funding to two CAB projects of up to £50,000.   The Mental Health and Midwifery projects provide money and welfare advice to pregnant mums and those experiencing mental ill health.  
6/3/2017
New West Link Bridge Spans The River In InvernessThumbnail for article : New West Link Bridge Spans The River In Inverness
The first of the central beams to connect the north and south side of the West Link bridge, Inverness were put in place today, 6 March 2017.   The centre span beams are 70m in length and weight 70 tonnes each.  
6/3/2017
Council To Consider Spending An Extra £1million Capital On Roads
A paper going to the Council meeting on 9 March will propose a £1 million spend of additional capital monies on roads infrastructure.   The Scottish Government, announced on 2 February 2017, an additional Capital Grant for Highland Council of £2.046 million for 2017/18 and a paper to council will ask members to consider whether to allocate £1 million of this to roads.  
6/3/2017
Top national award for Highland Council's energy project
The Highland Council has won a national award for a project aimed at cutting the cost of heating Highland homes.   The Scottish Energy Efficiency and Health Homes Award, presented during an award ceremony held in Glasgow, recognised the Council's work to assist with reducing energy use in Highland homes through the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland - Area Based Scheme (HEEPS-ABS) and the particular drive to identify and assist homes that are in fuel poverty or vulnerable to the cost of energy.