Council Elections - Registration and postal voting deadlines imminent
10th April 2017
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. Anyone not registered and who is eligible to vote in the election should contact the Highland and Western Isles Electoral Registration Officer at Moray House, 16-18 Bank Street, Inverness on freefone 0800 393 783. The deadline to register is midnight on Monday 17 April. However Monday 17 April is a public holiday and there are no postal deliveries on that date. You may prefer to use the on-line registration service www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. The electorate for the Council elections currently stands at 183,028.
If you have received a poll card from the Returning Officer, there is no need to re-register.
Postal Voting: Electors who are or will be registered to vote are entitled to apply for a postal vote. If an elector is away or cannot go to the polling station on Thursday 4 May 2017, they can apply to vote by post or apply to vote by proxy. Eligible voters wishing to apply to vote by post should contact the Electoral Registration Officer (contact details above). A requirement of the application form and voting by post is to provide a signature and date of birth. Currently more than 35,450 people in the Highlands are registered to vote by post.
The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.
Election Information: The election is to elect 74 members of The Highland Council, who will serve on 11 four-member and 10 three-member wards.
Polling will take place at 267 polling stations throughout the Highlands between 7 am and 10 pm on Thursday 4 May. The electronic count will take place on Friday 5 May at Inverness Leisure, Bught Park, Inverness.
An election helpline has been set up by the Returning Officer to assist the public and candidates with any queries. The number is 01349 886657.
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.
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.
Wipro has opened a new delivery centre in Inverness as part of our growth plan and service delivery for the Highland Council. 40 to 50 staff will be based at Moray House in the city centre.
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