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)
The Highland Council has responded to the news that the Board of The Highland Military Tattoo have taken the decision not hold another Tattoo. Provost of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: "While we respect the decision of the Board of Directors of the Highland Military Tattoo, this is very sad news for the Highlands.
The Highland Council's chargeable garden waste brown bin collection service started on 3rd July 2017 and to date approximately 32,000 garden waste brown bin permits have been purchased. This accounts for 48% of households that previously received the Garden Waste Collection Service.
Pilot gives access to more than 120 libraries - and 1.6 million books. A pilot for a single card that can be used in any library has been launched in the north east.
The Highland Council received two awards at last week's Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning. One Award was in the "Process" Category for the Highland eDevelopment project and the second was in the "Place" category for the Nucleus Building in Wick.
The Highland Council is pleased to announce that the main phase of the work to construct the Kingussie Flood Alleviation Channel is now underway. The project is a joint venture between the Council and Pitmain Estate and is located on the Estate's land above the village of Kingussie.
The Highland Council achieved a 6% reduction in its year-on-year carbon emissions in 2016/17, equivalent to a saving of over 4,000 tonnes of CO2. In addition, thanks to a variety of energy efficiency measures implemented throughout the organisation, the Council saved almost £180k compared to the previous year, despite increasing energy costs.
Communities and developers will be invited to have their say in shaping a refreshed approach to dealing with developer contributions for developments across Highland. At today's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, members gave the go ahead for a six week public consultation on the Draft Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance which will begin in early 2018.
Parent representatives from 206 Parent Councils across the Highland region have been invited to attend the Highland Parent Council Partnership conference which will be held on Saturday 18 Nov 2017 from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Guest speaker at the conference - to be held at Highland Council, Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness - will be John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.
The Highland Council have reviewed and updated the administrative procedures around miscellaneous and animal establishment licensing making it easier for people to access information and provide feedback. An online register of all applications is now published on the Council's website and the procedures are clear on how individuals or groups can raise concerns or object to applications for these types of licence.
The Highland Council remains on track to provide much-needed affordable homes for a growing population with a pledge in its Strategic Housing Plan 2018-2023 to approve 500 units each year of which 70% will be for affordable rent and 30% for low cost home ownership. Members of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee today (Wednesday 8 November) had the opportunity to discuss the Housing Investment Plan for 2018-2023 and to reaffirm the council's commitment to deliver new homes in the Highlands.
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