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)
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has warned that the Scottish Government's Budget will hit vulnerable communities the hardest. COSLA has warned the Government that it has not considered successive years of cuts, or rising inflation and demand and have therefore put council services at risk.
Following a review taxi fares in Highland have been held at the same level by the Highland Council Licensing Committee held on 18 February 2019. The papers and the debate on this issue can be seen at items six on the webcast - https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/469655 There is a 14 Day period for appeal.
A study is underway into the feasibility of replacing Scotland's second busiest ferry service with a fixed link bridge or tunnel. The Highland Council, HITRANS and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are joint funding the study at the Corran Narrows in Lochaber.
The standstill period under the Council's Trades Services Framework agreement was due to close with effect from Monday 17th February 2020, with the intention of a proposed go live date with the new arrangements and contracts of 24th February. The standstill period is a defined period of time between the notice of the contract award decision and the award of the contract.
On 14th February 2020 the Highland council place an advert in the Northern times newspaper regarding the Spaceport planning application as follows. - THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (SCOTLAND) ACT 1997 TOWN and COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017.
Members today approved a modest 3% rent increase for residential rents and service charges following detailed consultation with tenants. The increase will result in a rise in the average weekly council house rent from £75.38 to £77.74 (£2.26), which means that Highland rents are still 8th lowest of the 26 councils which retain housing.
Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer's first annual report highlights successes and challenges.` Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer for Highland Council, Karen Ralston, has enjoyed a successful first year in her role. Members today noted the 2018/19 annual report at the meeting of the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care committee.
Highland Council Trading Standards are again warning unsuspecting residents of the emergence of a new Council Tax scam. Today a call was received by the Council from a Council Tax payer alerting to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are now texting people and informing them that they are due a Council Tax rebate.
The Highland Council has published the Highland Common Good Asset Register following the completion of a consultation process required by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The Register has been published on the Council's website and can be accessed from the download link on the page titled "Common Good Asset Register" or at the following link: https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20010/community_planning/840/common_good_asset_register For ease of reference, the Register has been divided in the separate former Burghs having recorded Common Good Funds - Cromarty, Dingwall, Dornoch, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, Invergordon, Inverness, Nairn and Tain.
According to the draft Scottish Govenment budget, Highlands and Islands Enterprise will get £58.2 million in the upcoming financial year - down from £61.1 million last year. 2018/19 the budget was £71.7 million.
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