Highland Council And Police Highlight Role Of Communities In Countering Terrorism
6th June 2017
The Highland Council took part in observing a minute's silence at 11:00 today Tuesday 6 June, in respect of the terrorist attack in London on Saturday 3 June 2017.
Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson said: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those affected by these most recent horrific incidents. We have close business, tourism and family connections with London and Manchester and the rest of the UK, and the innocent people who have been caught up these events come from all over the world.
"The Highlands is one of the safest regions of the world, but no one is untouched by global threats to our way of life. Together with our local Resilience Partners, the Council plans and prepares for all kinds of risks and we work effectively together to manage those risks and keep people safe.
"We have recently been raising awareness amongst Council staff and managers and it is vitally important that the public know how to keep themselves as safe as possible at home and when travelling. The CitizenAid App and "Run, Hide, Tell" advice is available on line."
She added: "We also need to report anything untoward as the police need the eyes and ears of ordinary people in communities to help them keep us safe."
Divisional Commander for the Highlands and Islands, Chief Superintendent George Macdonald said: “Counter Terrorism Awareness week runs from Monday 12 June to Sunday 18 June 2017, this will focus on the value of positive and strong joint working relationships between partners and communities. This is an important opportunity to highlight the role that both partner agencies and local communities have in helping us to counter terrorism."
Report anything suspicious or unusual to police by calling 101 or in emergency 999. Alternatively you can confidentially call Crimestoppers on 0800555111 or the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800789321.
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Highland Councillors agreed a council tax increase of 3% which will mean an increase of £35.93 per annum on a Band D property. Overall, the budget gap of £15,146 million has been met by a package of savings which includes increasing Council Tax income by £3.448 million, increasing income by £3,059 million, setting a target of £2,250 million to be saved through Redesign and reducing expenditure by £5.1 million.
Redesign is about the Council being more open-minded to new ways of delivering services, more commercially-minded to raise income to support services and jobs across the region and being more community-minded, listening locally and supporting more community-run services. The Highland Council is seeking to release over £2.2 million in savings this year through redesign projects.
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Over three thousand people visited Inverness Town House last weekend to see for themselves the completion of interior works on the public historic Grade A listed building following recent renovations. Around 2,000 visitors passed through the Town House doors on Saturday 10th and another 1,200 people on Sunday 11th February.
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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. It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.
In recognition that roads are a high priority for communities in Highland the Administration at The Highland Council will be putting forward a budget on Thursday (15 February) that protects the budget for local roads. Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Allan Henderson said: "We have nearly 7,000 kilometres of roads in the Highlands and this network is vital to our rural communities and lifeline services.
The Highland Council is asking stakeholders and members of the public for feedback on new draft guidance aimed at ensuring high quality designs for traditional, replacement and new shopfronts. Not only does the draft Shopfront Design Guide: Planning Guidance provide advice to help promote good quality applications but it encourages developers and applicants to consider design at the earliest stage in their proposals.
The Highland Council Budget team have agreed their final budget proposals which will go to Council for agreement on 15 February 2018. Budget Leader Councillor Alister Mackinnon said: "We have done everything we can to protect frontline services and jobs in a good budget.
The timetable for the election for the return of a councillor for the Caol and Mallaig ward of The Highland Council has been announced today (Monday 5 February) The by-election is being held following the sad death of Councillor Billy MacLachlan who was one of three Councillors representing Ward 11. The other Ward members are Councillors Allan Henderson (Independent) and Ben Thompson (Independent) The Notice of Election and Nomination Form will be published on the Council's website www.highland.gov.uk (external link) on Tuesday 13 February.
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