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)
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.
A Local business has been found in contempt of court after breaching an Enforcement Order previously issued following action taken by Highland Council Trading Standards. On the 12th April 2017 at Inverness Sherriff Court Ms Diane Urquhart, Director of Inverness Fireplace and Heating Centre and Mr Michael Armour also of Inverness Fireplace and Heating Centre were found in breach of an Enforcement Order issued under the Enterprise Act 2002 and in contempt of court.
The Highland Council advises that Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) bills for 2017/18 are now being issued. NDR is also known as Business Rates.
Voters are reminded of the deadlines for both registering to vote and applying to vote by post in the forthcoming Highland Council elections on Thursday 4 May. Registration: To be able to vote in the elections, voters must be 16 years or over on 4 May 2017 and must be registered to vote.
In response to a call for evidence on the impact of city-region deals in Scotland, by a Scottish Parliament Committee, Highland Council Director of Development and Infrastructure, Stuart Black said:"It is very early days to assess the impact of the City-Region Deal, however, it is anticipated that the impact of the Deal on Inverness and the wider Highland region will be significant in securing the long term productivity and economic growth of the region and position it as a region of digital opportunity. Regional partners estimate that the City-Region Deal funding of £315m could unlock up to an additional £800 million of investment by the private sector.
With Scottish Council elections taking place in just a few weeks, voters in the Highlands are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May. The call for voters to sign up comes as the Electoral Commission launches a national voter registration campaign to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of the elections taking place this year.
The Highland Council has awarded a contract to a world leading engineering design firm to carry out comprehensive flood protection studies for two Highland coastal towns. Thurso on the north coast and Golspie on the east coast have both suffered from flooding incidents over the years that has affected domestic and business properties and resulted in both towns being identified as Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) in the Highland and Argyll Local Flood Risk Management Plan.
The elections for the 74 seats on The Highland Council, being held on Thursday 4 May, will involve 165 candidates contesting all of the 21 multi-member wards. Caithness will now only have two wards instead of three.
The 2017 Highland Council election has been officially called today (Monday 13 March) with the Returning Officer seeking nominations from candidates wishing to stand in the local government elections which take place on Thursday 4 May. A total of 74 Councillors will be appointed to represent the Council in 21 electoral wards, each with three or four elected members.
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