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27/11/2016
Brown bin service stops for winterThumbnail for article : Brown bin service stops for winter
With the onset of winter, householders are reminded that The Highland Council garden waste collections will cease for a period of 3 months from the beginning of December.   There will be no brown bin collections in December 2016, January or February 2017.  
27/11/2016
Review into capital projects identifies recent improvements
The initial findings of a review into the delivery of educational capital projects have identified a number of recent improvements and recommendations are being developed for future arrangements.   The review commenced in October at the request of the Council Leader following a number of issues with programming and quality in capital projects for new schools.  
25/11/2016
Council Leader outraged at scrapping of HIE Board
Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson is seeking clarification from Depute First Minister John Swinney about reports claiming that the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to be scrapped and replaced with a centralised committee.   Councillor Davidson said: "If it is correct - it is totally unacceptable that the Scottish Government is to centralise the decision-making powers of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  
25/11/2016
Audit makes recommendations to improve collection of rental income
An audit report to Audit and Scrutiny Committee today, 24 November 2016, has made recommendations to improve the collection of rental income.   Audit findings estimated that up to £10,000 rental income could potentially have been lost, however this is against a context of total rental income in excess of £3 million per annum.  
23/11/2016
Review into capital projects identifies recent improvements
The initial findings of a review into the delivery of educational capital projects have identified a number of recent improvements and recommendations are being developed for future arrangements.   The review commenced in October at the request of the Council Leader following a number of issues with programming and quality in capital projects for new schools.  
20/11/2016
Housing officer showing compassion is Council's Employee of the YearThumbnail for article : Housing officer showing compassion is Council's Employee of the Year
Gail Ward, a Housing Policy officer with The Highland Council has been named Employee of the Year for the care and compassion she has shown in welcoming Syrian refugees to the Highlands and her work to ease the impact Welfare Reform has had on individuals.   In nominating Gail, Head of Housing David Goldie said:: "Although Gail has always been a strong member of the team and displayed a genuine commitment and enthusiasm for the work she does, my reason for nominating her for this award relates to her willingness to take on and embrace the challenges associated with two of our most significant areas of work over the last year." The first area relates to Welfare Reform.  
20/11/2016
Partners clamp down on illegal shellfish operations in Highland
A multi-agency enforcement operation took place in the Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland on Wednesday 16 November 2016.   The operation, led by Highland Council's Environmental Health Service, included participation by a number of partner agencies, including HMRC, Gangmasters Licensing Authority, Police Scotland, Borders Agency and Marine Scotland Compliance.  
10/11/2016
Commission wants your views on local democracy in the Highlands
The Commission on Highland Democracy has published its Call for Evidence, and wants the public's views on local democracy in the Highlands.   The Call for Evidence states: "The Highland Council, like every other Council in Scotland, makes daily decisions about everything from home care to bin collections and from building schools to cutting grass.  
5/11/2016
"Right To Licence" checks for taxi and private hire car drivers
Under provisions of the Immigration Act 2016 which comes into force on 1 December 2016, The Highland Council will be unable, from that date, to grant a taxi driver or private hire car (PHC) driver licence to any person unless a check has first been made to verify that the person is not disqualified by reason of his or her immigration status from driving a taxi or private hire car (PHC).   This will mean that all applicants for taxi or PHC driver licences, including UK passport holders, will require to attend their nearest licensing office in person with original documents (passport or other acceptable documents) demonstrating that they have the right to work in the UK.  
5/11/2016
Highland Council is ready for winterThumbnail for article : Highland Council is ready for winter
The Highland Council's Community Services Committee has confirmed that the local authority if ready for winter with respect to its gritting service of council roads.   Members have been assured that the council has adequate salt stocks for the region which were replenished in September and October; that the authority will have around 60,000 tonnes in stock for the start of the main winter season and that there are no concerns about future provision of deliveries from the council's supplier.  
3/11/2016
Consultation period coming to a close on Modified Plan for Caithness and Sutherland
The Highland Council is reminding everyone that the opportunity to have a say on the modified version of the Proposed Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan) is coming to an end, with the consultation closing at midday on Friday 11 November 2016.   The Council is urging anyone with an interest in Caithness and Sutherland to have their say on the Modified Plan, which focusses on where development should and should not occur in the Caithness and Sutherland area over the next twenty years.  
3/11/2016
Council to take grass cutting service in-house
Amenity Services including Grass cutting for The Highland Council will be provided by an in-house service from the beginning of the financial year 2017/18.   Members of the Council's Community Services Committee have agreed to establish an in-house operation with a revised management structure and new performance management system.  
3/11/2016
Council committed to seeing Skye Air Services take off
Highland Councillors have given their backing to the business case for bringing air services to the Isle of Skye and are to continue lobbying the Scottish Government and its agencies at the highest level.   Following assessment of the business case at the Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee, members of the Council's Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee had the opportunity to discuss the wider economic and social benefits of having an airport on Skye and examined the short-term action plan to take forward some key development activities.  
2/11/2016
Highland Council Appoints Apprentice Mechanics
The Highland Council's Community Services have recently completed a recruitment drive for apprentice mechanics.   Over 250 applications were received and nine new apprentices have just started their 4 year training programme.  
29/10/2016
Review of Grass Cutting In Highland
A paper going to Community Service Committee next week on 3 November, will recommend the establishment of an in-house operation that can provide Amenity Services, including grass cutting throughout the Highlands from next year.   Members of the Community Services Committee agreed on 18 August to the preparation of an options appraisal for the Council's grass cutting services.  
29/10/2016
Highland Council agrees motion for taxes raised in Highland to stay in Highland
The Highland Council today agreed the following motion to Council by Leader of the Council Margaret Davidson and Provost of Inverness Helen Carmichael: "The Highland Council believes that local taxes raised locally should stay locally and this is in accordance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government.   The Highland Council calls on the SNP Scottish Government to ensure that the full amount (£5m) of Council Tax multiplier will stay in Highland for Highland Education and will not be redistributed to other Local Authority areas.  
29/10/2016
Final stage of works on the A82 at Tomnahurich Bridge
Following work starting this week on the Inverness West Link route at Tommahurich Bridge in Inverness, road users are being advised that next week the project enters the final stages although a further two overnight closures with local diversions and temporary daytime traffic control measures are required.   The first of the overnight closures will be on Monday evening when the A82 at Tomnahurich Bridge will close to all road traffic from 7pm and not reopen until 7am on Tuesday 1 November.  
29/10/2016
Council agrees the Redesign Board's recommendation for future of janitorial and catering services
The Highland Council agrees the recommendation of the Redesign Board to retain Catering, Cleaning and Facilities Management/Janitorial Services (CCFM) within the Council.   The Council will continue to manage these services in-house under a new Property Management Service within the Council.  
29/10/2016
Third sector funding decision put onhold
A paper on Funding allocations for third sector culture and leisure services went to The Highland Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee on Wednesday 26 October 2016.   Previously, the Council agreed reduced funding for third sector culture and leisure services at its meeting in December 2014.  
29/10/2016
Council agrees motion to request free personal care for under 65's with specific conditions
Highland Council has agreed the following motion on free personal care:.   "The Council notes that, currently, legislation enables personal care to be provide free for people in Scotland aged over 65, provided they are assessed as needing it.