Results of Community Council interim elections
7th February 2014
Six Highland community councils are able to continue operating following recent interim elections.
Nominations were invited from 21 January to 5 February 2014 for persons seeking election to Community Councils serving Caithness West; East Nairnshire; Inverlochy; Raigmore; Sinclairs Bay; and Wick
In each case, the number of candidates nominated was less than the number of councillors to be returned, so no elections will take place, and the list of candidates for each community council are now declared to be elected as councillors.
Caithness West Community Council now has 6 members following the newly elected members, Jillian Bundy and Roger Warren. The maximum membership is 9
Heidi Tweedie-McFarlane has now been elected onto East Nairnshire Community Council taking the current membership to 4. The maximum membership is 8.
Inverlochy Community Council has 8 members following the newly elected members, Mel Davenport, Archie Jeffrey, Flora McKee and Florence MacNicol. The maximum membership is 8.
Raigmore Community Council now has 4 members following the newly elected members, Marice Rozalia Gneba, William Munro Ross, Margaret Shand and Deborah Tracey. The maximum membership is 8.
Maria Aitken has been elected onto Sinclair Bay Community Council taking the current membership to 4. The maximum membership is 8.
Wick Community Council now has 8 Members following the newly elected members, Allan Farquhar and Niall Smith. The maximum membership is 13.
An election will be held on 6 March 2014 for Sunart Community Council, as the number of candidates were more than the number of councillors to be returned. The candidates are Denise Anderson, Sally Cameron, Brian Evans, James Hilder, Michael Laybourne and John MacDonald. There are 5 vacancies
Caol Community Council failed to form.
The Council has a legal duty to provide certain advice and information services on debt, welfare and housing for local residents. Employment rights advice is also provided but there is no statutory duty on the Council to provide this.
Highland Council is fully supportive of the aim to close the poverty-related educational attainment gap between children and young people from the least and most disadvantaged communities. In Highland, 1537 Primary and 1006 Secondary School children live in the most deprived data zones.
Last week, The Highland Council issued rent suspension orders (RSO) in relation to a number of properties being operated as unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMO). The orders, which have been served on the owners and tenants, mean that the tenants are no longer under any obligation to pay rent to their landlord.
The Leader of The Highland Council Councillor Margaret Davidson welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to deliver much needed improvements to tourist infrastructure to support the rising numbers of visitors to the Highlands. This comes the week after figures were published for August which showed Highland visitor attractions were performing 17% higher compared to August last year, a result that is backed by accounts from residents and businesses that the area has been hugely popular with visitors this season.
The Highland Council is ready for winter and prepared to grit council roads as the council's winter maintenance programme starts on 14 October. Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.
Trading Standards are looking for young people to take part in test purchasing exercises. We want to find out which shops are breaking the law by selling age restricted products to young people under 18.
Caithness Civic leader Cllr Willie Mackay (centre) cuts the tape at the opening of the newly refurbished half mile Killimster Moss stretch of the B876 Wick to Thurso road. Looking on are some of the Highland council workers praised for the project which was done on time and within budget.
Caithness Civic Leader Cllr Willie Mackay has welcomed the reopening of the B876 Killimster Moss Road. A stretch of the Caithness Wick to Thurso road at Killimster Moss was refurbished over a four week programme of improvement and reopened on Friday 29 September.
A chance to have your say. Voters are being invited to have their say on a review of polling places throughout the Highland Council area The Council has today (Monday 2 October 2017) launched a consultation over its review of election polling districts and polling places.
The Scottish Government is allocating £1 million to improve school libraries over the next three years. Launched today by the Deputy First Minister, the School Library Improvement Fund will be open for education authorities to apply for funding on behalf of school libraries in their area.
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