3378 Volunteers Cleaned Up Highland
3rd July 2012
Keep Scotland Beautiful mobilised 3,378 volunteers to clean up Highland as part of Scotland's National Spring Clean.
2,612 children and 766 adults from Highland were amongst 117,734 volunteers from across Scotland who gave their time between 1 April and 31 May to support National Spring Clean, run by Scotland's leading charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
In Highland, groups from community councils, schools, student volunteer groups, youth groups, businesses, guides and scouts, environmental trusts, council staff, and churches all pulled on their yellow Keep Scotland Tidy tabards and spent time cleaning up different locations. The result of all the hard work is that 65 public gardens, school grounds, woodlands, nature reserves, rivers/canals/loch-sides, beaches, country parks, road verges, villages and town centres in Highland will be litter free for summer.
Picking up thousands of discarded juice and alcohol bottles, cans, crisp bags, cigarette ends, filled dog poo bags and fast food wrappers, volunteers in Highland also uncovered some more unusual items - these included a windscreen wiper, a pair of glasses, TVs, tyres, a harbour fender, a rusted spring mattress, and rope.
Across the nation, using litter pickers and gloved hands each person collected on average one and a half black bags of waste - this means that 120 bags of litter were collected during every hour of every day of National Spring Clean.
Many groups also recycled the litter they collected this year, helping reduce the amount going to landfill and supporting Scotland's zero waste targets. Zero Waste Scotland provided funding to support the campaign.
Helen Darvill, Environmental Quality Coordinator at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: "I am astounded by the number of people who have given up their time this year to keep their own parts of Scotland beautiful. It is a real achievement that 3,378 people from Highland came out in force to take part in National Spring Clean 2012, and I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has been involved - from the local authorites, businesses, schools and nurseries, community councils, and enthusiastic individuals - you all deserve a massive pat on the back. Keep Scotland Beautiful shares the government's vision for Scotland to be cleaner, greener, safer and more sustainable, and everyone involved in National Spring Clean is helping Scotland achieve this."
National Spring Clean 2012 may be over but people can still organise and take part in clean up events throughout the rest of the year. Clean Up Kits can be ordered online at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupkit. In addition, Zero Waste Scotland has also today launched a new £250,000 fund to give community groups, as well as local authorities, businesses and landowners an opportunity to trial innovative projects to prevent littering in the first place. For more information about the fund, visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/litterfund
Next Wednesday (4 February) the four housing partners of the Highland Housing Register in Caithness will be hosting special sessions in Wick and Thurso to let people know about an exciting new way of allocating some of its properties, giving applicants much more choice about the housing they will be offered. For a period from 16 February 2015 onwards, vacancies will be advertised to promote choice.
Paper and can banks are to be phased out of The Highland Council's network of Recycling Points during February and March. The decision was taken at a meeting of The Highland Council on the 18th December, at which the budget for 2015/16 and the indicative budget for the following 3 years was agreed, a package of savings totaling ¬£42.8 million.
PROPOSALS for changing customer service provision in 22 locations across Highland are being considered as part of a public consultation. Council staff and members of the public are being asked for their views on proposed changes to how services are currently provided.
The Highland Council's new website has risen to the top 6% of UK Local Government websites, according to an independent survey into online presence. The website, launched in July 2014, aims to focus more on the needs of the customer and provides a platform to deliver more services online.
Early in February the first two in a series of workshops specifically for anyone working in the local food and drink sector will take place to highlight how social media can be best used to increase profit, support other local businesses and promote the area. The workshops follow on from the project The Highland Council ran last year across the Highlands to investigate the potential and appetite for developing an industry-led local food and drink network that could co-ordinate and drive future activities to support the local food and drink sector in the region.
The Highland Council wishes to clarify that if anyone is seeking information on their Winter Maintenance Policy and gritting maps then this information can be found on the Highland Council website. The Highland Council Winter Maintenance Policy states: "The treatment of roads will be carried out based on a hierarchical system dependant on route priority".
LEADER of The Highland Council, Drew Hendry and Chief Executive Steve Barron praised council workers following a week of severe weather affecting the region. Storm force winds caused havoc, leaving thousands of homes and businesses without power for days, bringing trees and branches down across roads and railway lines, damaging buildings and causing network and telecommunications problems across the area.
Proposals to deliver the Scottish Government's report on "Developing Scotland's Young Workforce" in the Highlands have been welcomed by Members of The Highland Council‚Äôs Education, Children and Adult Services Committee this week. Members were informed that an implementation strategy for Highland‚Äôs young people will need to take into account: ¬∑ industry engagement in developing general education Curriculum for Excellence; ¬∑ specific vocational pathways leading to industry recognised qualifications; ¬∑ college systems focussed on employability; ¬∑ apprenticeship opportunities and advanced qualifications through work based learning; and ¬∑ a systematic approach to business sector engagement.
Highland Council Members have agreed the terms of reference for a review of the Facilities Management model which is being rolled out in schools across the Highlands. In 2010 the Council previously agreed to take forward the Facilities Management model, the benefits of which were expected to: ¬∑ create of a universal support function to assist Head Teachers with property and grounds management; ¬∑ create a standardised operating model under specialist line management arrangements; ¬∑ create standardised job descriptions ensuring a consistent approach to facilities management across all schools; and ¬∑ is affordable within the Council's current budget allocation.
Two Highland Council roads and 12 schools remain closed or affected today (Monday 12 January) following the severe weather. Newhall Bridge B9163 on the Black Isle is closed until further notice, due to structural damage.
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