Council Commitment to Keeping Highland Communities Cleaner
3rd February 2008
The Highland Council is set to spend an additional £1 million in the new financial year in keeping Highland communities cleaner and tidier. The commitment to community works is a priority of the Council Administration and, subject to confirmation by the full Council on 14 February, communities will see:-
- Increased levels of education and enforcement in littering and dog fouling by employing three enforcement officers (£90,000);
- Increased standards of litter picking and street cleaning by employing an additional 17 street cleansing staff (£500,000);
- Increased standards of grounds maintenance by employing the equivalent of 34 additional seasonal grounds maintenance operatives (£410,000).
The Transport Environmental and Community Services Commmittee was told today (Thursday) that it is proposed to engage 7 full-time street cleansing operatives in Inverness, Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey and five each in Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross and Ross Skye and Lochaber.
Spending on grounds maintenance will be allocated as follows: £150,000 for Inverness Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey and £130,000 each in Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross and Ross Skye and Lochaber.
Committee Chairman Councillor John Laing said on behalf of the Council's Administration: "The wellbeing of our communities is very important and this has been recognised in the Administration's commitment to give a high priority to community works. The public has consistently identified street cleanliness and grounds maintenance as important services in the Council's public performance survey.
"Additional funding will allow us to target enforcement campaigns in the Highlands to reduce litter, especially around fast food establishments, and other areas where regular litter occurs. Clean streets present a good image and discourages littering. Our aim will be to remove litter as soon as possible, so streets look clean. It is also important to improve the standard of grounds maintenance by increasing the frequency of grass cutting."
"The forward look of the Council is one of ambition, improving outcomes and working across Communities". This is the view of the external audit report on The Highland Council.
The Council has a legal duty to provide certain advice and information services on debt, welfare and housing for local residents. Employment rights advice is also provided but there is no statutory duty on the Council to provide this.
Highland Council is fully supportive of the aim to close the poverty-related educational attainment gap between children and young people from the least and most disadvantaged communities. In Highland, 1537 Primary and 1006 Secondary School children live in the most deprived data zones.
Last week, The Highland Council issued rent suspension orders (RSO) in relation to a number of properties being operated as unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMO). The orders, which have been served on the owners and tenants, mean that the tenants are no longer under any obligation to pay rent to their landlord.
The Leader of The Highland Council Councillor Margaret Davidson welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to deliver much needed improvements to tourist infrastructure to support the rising numbers of visitors to the Highlands. This comes the week after figures were published for August which showed Highland visitor attractions were performing 17% higher compared to August last year, a result that is backed by accounts from residents and businesses that the area has been hugely popular with visitors this season.
The Highland Council is ready for winter and prepared to grit council roads as the council's winter maintenance programme starts on 14 October. Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.
Trading Standards are looking for young people to take part in test purchasing exercises. We want to find out which shops are breaking the law by selling age restricted products to young people under 18.
Caithness Civic leader Cllr Willie Mackay (centre) cuts the tape at the opening of the newly refurbished half mile Killimster Moss stretch of the B876 Wick to Thurso road. Looking on are some of the Highland council workers praised for the project which was done on time and within budget.
Caithness Civic Leader Cllr Willie Mackay has welcomed the reopening of the B876 Killimster Moss Road. A stretch of the Caithness Wick to Thurso road at Killimster Moss was refurbished over a four week programme of improvement and reopened on Friday 29 September.
A chance to have your say. Voters are being invited to have their say on a review of polling places throughout the Highland Council area The Council has today (Monday 2 October 2017) launched a consultation over its review of election polling districts and polling places.
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