Wick Registrars On The Move
24th December 2010
Noel Donaldson reports -
THE Wick registrars office where births, deaths and marriages have been recorded, for several decades, is on the move...back to its original home in the Market Square.
The transfer was revealed at this month's meeting of the Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council, by area manager, David Sutherland after councillors had heard a letter from registrar, Margaret Woods, and her assistant, Jennifer Gunn. They expressed concern about the implications of the move from the town hall, round the corner to Highland Council's service point, enabling them to take on other general duties when not engaged in their registry responsibilities, which, said the ward manager, tended to be "sporadic".
The office move stemmed from a Highland Council initiative, aimed at ensuring that all its buildings are "user compliant". Mr Sutherland said that moving the registry office (formerly the town clerk's base when Wick had a town council) would free up the accommodation for a lift to be installed to achieve greater access to the council chamber on the first floor.
Mr Sutherland said that the implications for the registry staff had been addressed, along with future storage of 'bdms' records which would be accommodated at Wick library.
Community council chair, Coreen Campbell, commented: " I think all the concerns have been resolved."
Highland Council agreed to a range of changes affecting service points and registration offices in Highland at their meeting in Inverness on 16 December 2010. Councillors agreed to the following actions -
Members are asked to:-
(1) note the work underway to implement the payment strategy across the
Council by 1 April 2011 as outlined in Section 2;
(2) approve the closure of the HQ Cash Office from 1 April 2011 as outlined in
(3) approve the three new partnerships with libraries as outlined in Section 4
in Brora, Golspie and Lochcarron;
(4) approve the five new partnerships with Northern Constabulary as outlined
in Section 4 in Lairg, Muir of Ord, Bettyhill, Broadford and Gairloch;
(5) agree that further work is undertaken in conjunction with the Asset
Management Project and in consultation with Local Members and partners
to assess the potential for shared service community hubs in Dornoch,
Tain, Invergordon, Grantown, Kingussie and Dingwall;
(6) approve the move to a standard operating model as outlined in Section 5
and Appendix A from 1 April 2011;
(7) approve withdrawal of Service Point provision at Drumnadrochit, Durness,
Dunvegan and Acharacle as outlined in Section 5;
(8) agree that the future of Service Points at Ardersier and Helmsdale is
decided following the outcome of the library review as outlined in Section
(9) approve the merger of Wick, Thurso, Portree, Dingwall and Fort William
Registration and Service Point offices into combined Customer Services
offices as outlined in Section 6;
(10)approve the establishment of a mobile service point relief staffing model
as outlined in Section 7; and
(11)note the consultation underway with staff and Trade Unions as outlined
in Section 8.
The full details can be found in Item 16C at -
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting. In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.
Motorists are being advised that The Highland Council is currently preparing to carry out resurfacing works at the following locations: • B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores – Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and • B851 Errogie – Strathnairn – Daviot Bridge – Culloden Moor Road; specifically at Aberarder House. Advanced works notification signage will be provided at various locations from Thursday 15 March 2018.
The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of £482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under £2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an £80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a £200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another £80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
Highland Council is to make a special case for extra capital investment in the road infrastructure after a winter period which has seen the Highlands battered by some 57 days of severe weather. Highland Council area is particularly subject to severe winter weather, which has a significant impact on the roads and other infrastructure.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting. The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
The £48.5m Wick Community Campus built by Morrison Construction has been announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The project is entered in the category for "Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy" against eight other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018.
A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector. Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.
Across the Northern Alliance local authorities an exciting project has been rolled out to raise attainment in literacy, language and communication. The programme is being delivered in around 50% of primary schools across the Northern Alliance and is aimed at supporting practitioners to take a developmental approach to supporting early literacy development.
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