Energy Innovation award for Council
8th September 2014
The Highland Council's Energy and Sustainability team have won the best innovation prize at the annual Energy North Awards which were held in Inverness last week.
The Council has embarked on a project entitled Carbon Saving Capital Works for Council Buildings and Properties, with a specific emphasis on biomass, and in doing so has become an innovative leader in the renewable energy and low carbon sector.
75 biomass plant installation projects have been completed and are expected to attract an income of around £850K annually. The Council has also introduced a supply and maintenance contract to provide on-hand expertise for all servicing and maintenance issues and come up with an effective way to overcome logistical challenges. Biomass energy cabins are now used for many of the installations which means the cabin itself is transported onto site, connected and commissioned as a self-contained unit.
As well as installing domestic and non-domestic biomass units, 90 sites across the Highlands have had solar photovoltaic installations which are expected to receive feed in tariff payments of around £100K.
The Council's Director of Development and Infrastructure, Stuart Black attended the award ceremony to collect the award. He said: "The judges praised the work of the team in supporting biomass in the Highlands and finding solutions to the challenges of making existing buildings as energy efficient as possible."
This programme contributes towards achieving a low carbon Highlands and is a main factor in support of the Council's Carbon CLEVER programme.
Chairman Councillor Thomas Prag congratulated staff for their work. He said: "This is an excellent result and follows on from our success of achieving 1st place in the CES Scottish National Renewables League and 3rd in the RES European Champions League. Making our buildings more energy efficient is a priority as not only does it make substantial reductions to running costs but it also reduces our carbon footprint.
"Our stance towards embracing renewable and sustainable technology and becoming Carbon CLEVER has led us to become a significant leader in public sector renewables and this forward thinking approach offers long term benefits for the Highlands."
A Corporate Parenting Board is to be established which will have a duty of care for currently around 500 ‘Looked After' children and young people in Highland. Members of the Highland Community Planning Partnership’s, Community Planning Board have this week (21 March 2018) agreed to establish a Corporate Parenting Board the purpose of which will be to: • promote the corporate parenting role of statutory agencies and awareness of the duties towards care experienced young people in Highland.
The Highland Child Protection Committee has launched a Toolkit to assist individuals, volunteers and community groups working with children and young people understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to child protection. Over 60 people providing activities for children, young people and families in a paid and voluntary capacity came along to the launch event in Inverness yesterday.
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: • 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.
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