First Ward Forum Meeting For Wick - 11 September from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
30th August 2007
The first Ward Forum for The Highland Council electoral ward of Wick will take place in the Norseman Hotel, Wick on Tuesday 11 September from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm.
The meeting will be held in public and there will be a 20 minute session at the close of the meeting for the public to ask questions. The aim of the forum is to provide an effective scrutiny of the way the Council provides services in the Wick Ward.
The meeting will be attended by the three councillors who serve Wick, Councillors Bill Fernie (Chair), Katrina Macnab,and Graeme Smith - as well as representatives from community councils, the police and other partner agencies.
Councillor Fernie said: ""I am looking forward to using the new council structures as a means for hearing from the public directly and hopefully forming a partnerhship not just with the public bodies but anyone in the area who wants to help us make things better. I hope that folk who attend the first Wick forum meeting will find it interesting to hear
first hand about a variety of areas of work of the council and be able to have their questions about it answered first hand."
Providing support to the forum will be David Sutherland, Ward Manager for Thurso, Wick & Landward Caithness. Public questions can be sent to the Ward Manager in advance - please contact David Sutherland, Ward Manager, The Highland Council, Council
Offices, Market Square Wick, KW1 4AB, e-mail: david.sutherland[AT]highland.gov.uk
There will be six meetings of the Ward Forum each year with future dates yet to be agreed.
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).
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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.
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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.
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