Highland Council Leader Says Promises Broken And Commitments Not Met By Scottish Police Authority
14th September 2017
Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has responded to a presentation at City of Inverness Area Committee by Police Scotland on their plans for the Inverness Control Room and establishing two National Database Enquiry Units (NDEUs).
She said: "Presentations to local committees on revised plans to establish two National Database Enquiry Units cannot be seen as consultation. It is now very well known that The Highland Council was promised a National Database Enquiry Unit in Inverness to serve the whole of Scotland over two years ago as part of the decision to close the Inverness Control Centre.
"These new proposals for an alternative model which divides the service between two centres in Govan and Inverness have been developed in secret, without proper consultation and public engagement. The business case for this has still not been given to me despite an FOI to request a copy.
"When promises are broken and commitments not met, public confidence ebbs away and it is difficult to trust anything that we are now told. That confidence needs to be rebuilt and it will not be an easy task."
“The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is to be asked to approve Police Scotland's preferred model on 28 September. However, I am determined that The Highland Council's concerns regarding this decision be recognised by the Scottish Police Authority and the First Minister."
She continued: “I recognise the work that has been done on the transfer of Police Control Rooms, but this Council remains of the opinion that a Police Control Room should be retained in the Highlands and if necessary serve a wider area across the North of Scotland. We have experienced and qualified staff and an excellent facility here in Inverness that has served the north extremely well over many years."
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.
The Scottish Government is allocating £1 million to improve school libraries over the next three years. Launched today by the Deputy First Minister, the School Library Improvement Fund will be open for education authorities to apply for funding on behalf of school libraries in their area.
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