Three new community councils to be formed
27th June 2012
Following a third round of Community Council elections in the Highlands, three new councils are guaranteed to be formed.
Caithness West and Uig, Skye, can operate from 3 July as they received more nominations than half their maximum membership. There were 6 nominations in Caithness West and 5 in Uig.
Aviemore and Vicinity Community Council will have an election on 16 August as the election drew 14 nominations for 6 vacancies.
The following Community Councils failed to form: -
Inverness Central (8)
Laggan Community Association (8).
The Highland Council has the highest number of community councils in Scotland. Following the Aviemore elections on 16 August, 153 of the 156 Community Councils in the Highlands will be operational.
Councillor Dave Fallows, Chairman of the Finance Housing and Resources Committee, said: "Community councils play an important role in providing a voice at a community level to public agencies. The response to recent elections has been outstanding and I am delighted that we have almost a full complement of community councils across the Highlands."
Members of the Community Services Committee have warmly welcomed the initiatives being undertaken to prevent homelessness and improve the lives of homeless people in Highland. The Temporary Accommodation Re-Provisioning Project aims to reduce the use of leased private sector rooms and bed and breakfast type accommodation and invest the savings generated in the building and acquisition of Council owned accommodation.
The budget for Road Maintenance for 2016-17 is to be distributed between the eight Local Area Committees to enable greater local decision making in line with the Council's localism agenda. The budget for road maintenance contains four main and distinct activities.
From today (Wednesday 13 April) 33,565 postal voting papers are being dispatched to Highland electors that have requested a postal vote. Voters are being reminded to read instructions carefully as they cast their votes for the Scottish Parliamentary election and to return their completed postal packs ideally before polling day.
In light of recent developments regarding the condition of Edinburgh Schools, the Highland Council confirms that it has no cause for concern about the safety of school buildings in this authority. The Council will also be consulting with its PPP partners to provide further assurance regarding the 14 schools built under the first and second PPP development phases and to respond fully to the letter received from the Scottish Government.
Highland Council Trading Standards have warned of - rates reduction - firms who are targeting local businesses. The Highland Councils Finance Service raised concerns when they began to receive calls from Highland businesses about receiving unsolicited marketing letters.
The - report it - campaign is a new initiative by The Highland Councils Corporate Fraud Team which is asking residents to help them tackle fraud. The Fraud Team, which is situated in the Finance Service, was established in August 2015 to detect, investigate and prevent all frauds against the Council, including housing tenancy fraud (the use of Council housing by someone not entitled to occupy that home).
A total of 13 candidates are seeking election on Thursday 5 May 2016 in the three Scottish Parliamentary local constituencies for Highland. Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency has attracted 4 candidates; Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency, 5 candidates; and Inverness and Nairn constituency, 4 candidates.
The new £15.4million Noss Primary School has reached a vital milestone with the practical completion of the facility. Replacing the existing North and Hillhead Primary Schools in Wick, work on the 4,620 sq m facility commenced in late 2014 and has been delivered by hub North Scotland on behalf of The Highland Council.
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