Highland Council Service arrangements for Christmas and New year
23rd December 2016
Highland Council's administrative offices will close at 4pm on 23 December 2016 and reopen on 4 January 2017.
The Service Centre will close at 4pm on 23 December and open as normal on 28, 29 and 30 December (closing at 4pm on 30 December)
Service Points will be on reduced opening hours. For further details on individual office opening hours, please check the details of each office - http://www.highland.gov.uk/directory/16/service_points
Inverness Registration Office will close at 4 pm on 23 December. Please contact us on 07818 588 203 for advice or information regarding essential registrations in Highland. The office will reopen on 28 December at normal times.
Contact Highland Council anytime online via the online forms at www.highland.gov.uk to report a problem, ask for something or make a payment:
•Report at http://www.highland.gov.uk/report
•Request at http://www.highland.gov.uk/request
•Pay at http://www.highland.gov.uk/pay
These will be closed 25, 26 December and 1, 2 January.
Christmas bin collection changes
Monday 2nd January bin collections will be collected on Saturday 31 December
Council out of hours telephone numbers
•Health and Social Care - 0845 601 4813
•Roads, flooding, street lighting - 01349 886690
•Housing - 01349-886691
•Registration - 07818 588 203
Emergency out of hours telephone numbers
•All trunk roads - BEAR Scotland - 0800 587 1107Gas Freephone - 0800 111 999
•NHS 24 - call free on 111 if you are ill and can't wait until your regular NHS service reopens
•Police Scotland - 101 for all services
•Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - 01463 240999 (24 hours)
•Scottish and Southern Electric Freephone - 0800 300 999
•Scottish Water - 0845 601 8855 (24 hours)
•SEPA Floodline - 0845 988 1188
•SEPA Pollution hotline - 0800 807060 (24 hours)
Highland Council has updated Wick Campus stakeholders and confirmed that the Campus has now been handed over by Hub North Scotland to the Council. The building is not as yet operational, and there are a number of outstanding works to be completed.
Highland Council is encouraging people across the region to have a go at balancing the Council's books - using a budget simulator. The Council is seeking feedback from local people as it prepares for the reduction in funding it receives from the Scottish Government.
Leader of The Highland Council, Margaret Davidson (Independent) has welcomed the outcome of the vote yesterday, 17th January 2017, in the Scottish Parliament, on the motion to reverse the decision to scrap the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Cllr Davidson said: "This vote sends a strong message to the Scottish Government about their incessant centralising agenda and we would now urge Ministers to reconsider their entire approach.
From 1 April 2017 the Scottish Government is changing the basis on which properties are assessed for Council Tax and this will increase the charge for Council Tax properties that are banded E to H. The Highland Council has no discretion in this matter and must apply these increases to the Council Tax charges from 1 April 2017.
The Leader of The Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has written to the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Annabelle Ewing MSP, in relation to the recent press coverage on concerns raised about the handling of emergency calls in the Highlands and Islands. Councillor Davidson said: "It does raise concerns over the Government's decision to close the Inverness Fire control room and transfer responsibility for handling emergency calls to Dundee.
The deadline for commenting on The Highland Council's draft Landscape Appraisals to help in the consideration of future proposals for wind energy development is drawing near - but has been extended to 31 January 2017. Two landscape sensitivity appraisals are currently being consulted on: one for the Caithness study area and another covering The Black Isle, surrounding hills and Moray Firth Coast.
Highland Council is reminding pupils, parents and carers how to find out if their local school is closed or school transport is affected in anticipation of Storm Barbara hitting the north west of Scotland. Information on school closures is uploaded to the Council's school closures website www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures from 7am each morning School closure messages can be heard on the ‘school closures information line' by phoning 0800 564 2272 (with a school PIN number) to get the latest pre-recorded message from the head teacher of r child's school.
Reacting to the Scottish Government's Budget Settlement for 2017-18, Budget Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Bill Fernie said:"Disappointingly, our worst predictions are realised in that there has been a real cash cut to councils of £350 million. The devil will be in the detail, but an early analysis equates this to a significant cut in the grant to our core budget.
Since the introduction of Decriminalised Parking at Highland Council in October, the demand for Inverness Parking Permits has increased dramatically. This has seen the number of applications and permits issues increase from around 80 per month, to an average of 210 per month in October and November.
Highland Council is introducing pay and display parking at its headquarters car park as part of its Decriminalised Parking Enforcement Schemes. Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Community Services Committee said: "This change has come from a savings proposal agreed by Council in the December 2014 budget for implementation in 2015/16 to save £20,000 per year.
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