Launchpad for Carbon Clever Highlands
9th November 2013
More than 100 delegates attended a conference at Inverness on Friday 8th November 2013 organised by The Highland Council to launch Carbon CLEVER Highlands – an ambitious project that has a target of a carbon neutral Inverness in a low carbon Highlands by 2025.
In urging delegates to play their part in committing time and funding towards the campaign, Council Leader Drew Hendry revealed Council plans to make Inverness a cycle city by creating a network of high quality cycle lanes across Inverness.
He said: “The journey begins today. By 2020 we want to increase from 3% to 10% the number of journeys made by bicycle in the Highlands. The Council will play its part in persuading more people to leave their cars at home for the daily commute by providing a city-wide network of safe cycling. Cycling as a method of getting around is growing faster in Inverness than just about anywhere in Scotland.”
The first stage of a comprehensive cycling network for Inverness will be the construction of a £338,000 cycling route along Millburn Road to link the Inverness Campus site at Beechwood with the city centre via the new Golden Bridge over the A 9.
The Council would be consulting with the public over other priority routes.
Councillor Hendry added: “By 2025, the network will connect up the whole city and allow safe cycling across a range of different routes, incorporating the existing network.”
He said the Carbon CLEVER initiative would be Highland-wide. He said: “Whilst other cities across Europe have adopted similar initiatives, they tend to have an almost entirely city-based focus. The fortunes of Inverness and the Highlands are so closely linked, that the visionary approach has been to adopt a composite target, where the objective for one will reinforce that of the other
“The targets being set will not be easy, but achieving them will have multiple benefits. For example: there will be less air pollution, we will be healthier, services will be more accessible, growth will be stimulated, we will have an improved infrastructure, and the Highlands will make a significant contribution to mitigate against climate change.”
The Council had made a commitment of £1million per year as seed funding through the Council’s capital programme.
It was not starting from scratch as it already had a strong background in reducing carbon emissions, through its carbon management plan and accreditation from the Carbon Trust.
He concluded by saying the conference was “just the start of the conversation” and he looked forward to other partners joining with the Council to make a real difference in the Highlands.
Bill Alexander, Director of Care and Learning, has announced his intention to retire from The Highland Council. Bill commenced with the Council in 2000, in a joint post with NHS Highland as Head of Children's Services.
Beware of calls from scammers pretending to be the Telephone Preference Service warns Highland Council Trading Standards. Highland Council Trading Standards wish to warn consumers not to fall for a new telephone call scam in which fraudsters pretend to be calling from the Telephone Preference Service (or TPS).
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: â€¢ B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores â€“ Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and â€¢ B851 Errogie â€“ Strathnairn â€“ Daviot Bridge â€“ 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 Â£482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under Â£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 Â£80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a Â£200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another Â£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 Â£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.
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