Opportunity for taxi and private hire car operators to have their say
10th March 2015
Taxi and private hire car operators (PHC) and drivers in Highland are being invited to meet with The Highland Council's Taxi/PHC Sub Group to provide Members with their views on a number of issues relating to the trade. There will also be an opportunity for the trade to raise any issue which they wish with the sub group.
The sub group comprises the Chair and Vice-Chair of The Highland Licensing Committee, Councillors Maxine Smith and Jamie Stone respectively, together with another Member of the Committee, Councillor Allan Duffy. Licensing Officials will also attend.
A meeting of the sub group has already taken place in Fort William and further meetings will be held in Wick on 13 March, Dingwall on 18 March and Inverness on 20 March.
Among the issues which the sub group welcomes feedback on include: the forthcoming review of the taxi tariff fares; the provision of wheelchair accessible vehicles; and the introduction of ultra-low emission vehicles.
The meetings will be held at:
Wick on 13 March (11am) at The Chambers, Wick Town Hall, Bridge Street, Wick, KW1 4AJ.
Dingwall on 18 March (11am) at Council Chamber, Highland Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9QN.
Inverness on 20 March (11am) at Inverness Leisure, Bught Lane, Inverness.
Local access and disability groups have been invited to attend to provide their views in relation to the provision of wheelchair accessible taxis and private hire cars.
Any taxi or private hire car operators and drivers are welcome to attend.
With Storm Caroline hitting the Highlands yesterday, today's heavy snowfall and the forecast for a drop in temperatures over the next 48 hours, the Highland Council's crews and winter vehicles have been busy in action. The fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over the coming months 200 plus staff will be providing winter maintenance services.
Wick Campus, including Wick High School, Newtonpark Primary School and High Life Highland Leisure facilities will remain closed on Friday 8 December 2017. The closure is due to high winds during Storm Caroline today which caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached.
Following the high winds forecast and experienced this week due to Storm Caroline, The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged. Roads affected by fallen trees this morning were near Beauly; Achnagarron near Invergordon and Lochaber which staff are clearing.
The high winds during Storm Caroline today have caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached. The school was already closed to pupils today due to the adverse weather.
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday 7 December 2017 are as follows: Caithness and Sutherland: Most roads are affected by snow and ice. Treatment in progress.
The Highland Council expresses its deep disappointment at the news of further branch closures by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Leader of the Highland Council Margaret Davidson said: "This will cause real difficulties for many customers and small businesses.
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The Highland Council and Department for Work and Pensions are implementing plans to improve accessibility to their services. This joint venture will see the jobcentre staff co-locating with the Council and other services in the council's new modern office developments in both Fort William and Wick.
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Leisure and cultural venues currently run by council arm's-length bodies will continue to benefit from charity relief from non-domestic rates. Following lengthy consultation with stakeholders, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay today confirmed that the Scottish Government will not be accepting the recommendation of the Barclay Review to end this benefit.
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