Highland Council Service Arrangements For Christmas And New Year
20th December 2019
The Highland Council notifies its service users and customers of its opening hours and service arrangements over the festive period.
The Highland Council Service Centre will close at 4pm on 24 December 2019.
Over the holiday period, the Service Centre will be open on:
Tuesday 24 December 8am - 4pm
Friday 27 December 10am - 4pm
Monday 30 December 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 31 December 10am - 4pm
It reopens with usual business hours on Friday 3 January 2020
Service Points will be on reduced opening hours. For further details see the information about each service point at www.highland.gov.uk/servicepoints
Inverness Registration Office will close at 4 pm on 24 December. For advice or information regarding essential registrations in Highland please phone 07818 588 203. We will be open as normal on 27, 30 and 31 December (opening times 9am to 4pm). Closed 1 and 2 January 2019 and open from 3 January 2019.
Recycling centres will be closed 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January.
Wednesday 25 December collections will be uplifted on Saturday 21 December
Thursday 26 December collections as normal
Wednesday 1 January collections will be uplifted on Saturday 28 December
Thursday 2 January collections will be uplifted on Saturday 4 January
Check your bin calendar at https://www.highland.gov.uk/bindays
Contact us anytime online to report a problem, ask for something or make a payment:
Report at www.highland.gov.uk/report
Request at www.highland.gov.uk/request
Pay at www.highland.gov.uk/pay
Council out of hours telephone numbers
Health and Social Care - 08457 697284
Roads, flooding, street lighting - 01349 886690
Housing - 01349-886691
Registration - 07818 588 203
Emergency out of hours telephone numbers
All trunk roads - BEAR Scotland - 0800 028 1414
Gas Freephone - 0800 111 999
NHS 24 - call free on 111 if you are ill and can't wait until your regular NHS service reopens
Police Scotland - 101 for all services
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - 01463 240999 (24 hours)
Scottish and Southern Electric Freephone - 0800 300 999
Scottish Water - 0845 601 8855 (24 hours)
SEPA Floodline - 0845 988 1188
SEPA Pollution hotline - 0800 807060 (24 hours)
Second phase of Consultation on BT's 2020 proposal to remove 107 public payphones from across Highland/ With just two weeks to go before the consultation closes, Highland Council is seeking final feedback from the public on BT's proposal to remove 107 public payphones from across the Highland region. This second phase of consultation will close on 10/10/2020.
Proposals that could provide Highland Council employees with a new ‘independent, dedicated and confidential route' to report malpractice and wrongdoing concerns have received support from Highland Councillors. Following robust discussion, Members of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee have endorsed the movement of the management of the Council’s Whistleblowing Policy and its processes to the Council’s Fraud Team.
Highland Councillors have commended the Council's ongoing efforts to reduce carbon consumption over the past year. Members have welcomed the information that the Council has saved over 6,000 tonnes of carbon this year.
Virtual education in Highland - Supportive, Interactive, Engaging. The Highland Council can support and deliver education to any pupils who are asked to self-isolate by the Health Protection Team, in all of our 203 schools across the region.
Young people at school are the winners as a result of discussions between High Life Highland and The Highland Council that will see the Charity's staff phased back into schools after the October break. Speaking about the arrangement, High Life Highland Chairman, Ian Ross said, "I am delighted that once again our partnership working arrangements with colleagues in The Highland Council mean that High Life Highland staff will be able to recommence their work with young people during the school day and within school buildings.
The Highland Council is calling on the UK Government to help resolve the inequity of fuel poverty experienced in the Highlands of Scotland where people pay more for fuel and energy than other regions in the UK. Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson has written to the UK Government's Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth) The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP calling on the government to replace the current electricity distribution system with one that replicates that of gas and telecoms and share the cost of energy distribution equally across the UK.
To mark Scotland's Climate Week for 2020, which runs from today until the 20th September, The Highland Council has organised a range of virtual events to share information and seek views from Highland residents and Council employees on climate related topics. Whilst the circumstances for Climate Week 2020 are very different to previous years, it still provides an important opportunity for organisations and communities to celebrate and showcase what they are doing to tackle climate change.
Highland residents are being warned that letters claiming they have won a share of £425,000 in a ‘postcode lottery' is a scam. The letters appear to be targeting the Skye area but are likely to be sent to various addresses across the Highland area.
Fiona Malcolm, has been appointed by The Highland Council as Interim Executive Chief Officer with immediate effect for Health and Social Care, pending recruitment of the permanent ECO post which is currently taking place. A qualified solicitor, Fiona has worked within the legislative and policy frameworks in place for both children's care and adult social care since joining The Highland Council in 2001.
Communities in The Highland Council area are to benefit from Crown Estates funding to be disbursed by the local authority. Councillors have agreed a funding distribution model to enable the disbursement of over £3million Crown Estates funds across the region.