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 elected Councillor Margaret Davidson as Council Leader at its meeting today, 18 May 2017. Councillor Alasdair Christie was elected Depute Leader and Councillor Bill Lobban was elected Convener of the Council.
MFR Cash for Kids Charity Car Boot Sale is the latest recruit to be signed up by Highland Council Trading Standards to join the Real Deal scheme. The scheme was launched six years ago in a bid to stamp out the illegal trade in fake goods at markets and to ensure businesses are fully compliant with the relevant laws.
From 21 May 2017, people aged 60 and over who currently benefit from Highland Council’s rail concessionary travel scheme are being advised that half fare rail concessions for the majority of entitled Highland residents will cease. Free travel remains available by bus, and card holders are advised to keep their entitlement cards which can still be used on bus routes throughout Scotland.
Councillor Margaret Davidson announced today that an agreement had been reached to form anew administration to run Highland council for the next five years. Councillor Davidson will once again be the leader of the council and she said,"We are pleased to announce that a coalition of Independents, Liberal Democrats and Labour Councillors have formed an Administration to take Highland Council forward for the next five years.
The transformation of future learning in Highland schools was discussed by around 100 head teachers at a Science and Technology Conference last week in Inverness. Key speakers from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Wood Foundation, Education Scotland, FIRST Scandinavia and the Science and Skills Academy addressed the conference on the importance of STEM experiences and qualifications for young people in the Highlands.
The official process to elect Members of Parliament to represent the three UK Highland constituencies has begun. Returning Officer, Steve Barron, Chief Executive of The Highland Council, was yesterday (Thursday 4 May) hand delivered three writs, instructing him to conduct an election for the Highland UK Parliamentary constituencies.
The results for the 2017 Highland Council elections have been declared. They are as follows: Independent 28 Scottish Conservative and Unionist 10 Scottish Green Party 1 Scottish Labour Party 3 Scottish Liberal Democrats 10 Scottish National Party (SNP) 22 Total elected 74 The first meeting of the new Council will be held on Thursday 18 May when the office-bearers will be confirmed.
People in the Highlands are being invited to drop in to new Digital Café sessions which could save them significant amounts of money. The Highland Council in partnership with other Highland Social Landlords and the social enterprise company Libertie are hosting a series of mobile Digital Café events during May 2017.
Mears signs new cost savings deal on PPP Highland schools project. Mears has signed a new deal with the Highland Council which will see millions of pounds saved over the lifetime of the Private Public Partnership (PPP) Highland Schools Project.
The Highland Council and partners are advising motorists of temporary road closures and speed restrictions which will be in place next weekend (22 - 23 April) during the Etape Loch Ness cycling event. The restrictions and prohibitions which are being put in place are for participants' safety and to allow the Etape to take place on public roads.
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