Community Council elections nominations closed
27th February 2020
Following the close of nominations at 12 noon on Wednesday 26 February 2020, the outcome is as follows.
2 Community Councils received more nominations than their maximum membership, which means that postal ballots will now be held for Rogart Community Council and Strathnairn Community Council.
8 Community Councils attracted more than half the maximum membership, allowing them to form from 12 noon on Friday, 28 February 2020. They are as follows:
- Caithness West Community Council
- Caol Community Council
- Dalwhinnie Community Council
- Glenfinnan Community Council
- Inshes and Milton of Leys Community Council
- Mallaig Community Council
- Portree and Braes Community Council
- Shieldaig Community Council
The Caithness West Community Councillors will be
- BUNDY, Jillian Georgina
- CRAIG, David
- GROVES, Patricia Aline
- OMAND, Donald Stewart
- THOMPSON, Heather Anne
Others area candidates can be found at https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/799/elections_and_voting/643/community_council_elections/6
6 Community Councils failed to attract half the maximum membership and so they did not establish.
- Cradlehall and Westhill Community Council
- Glendale Community Council
- Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry Community Council
- Tannach and District Community Council
- Uig Community Council
- Waternish Community Council
Candidates have up until 12 noon on Friday, 28 February if they wish to withdraw their nomination paper. Notification must be given in writing by email or post to the appropriate ward manager.
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From Monday, a number of changes have been made in line with national guidance, to how we collect waste in order to protect staff, during the Coronavirus emergency. To protect our staff, and prevent the spread of Coronavirus on our waste collection routes we have improved social distancing measures in line with guidance and in discussion with union reps.
Highland Council will continue to provide school meals through e-vouchers to families throughout the school Easter break. This is to recognise the particular difficulties many families will be experiencing due to the Coronavirus emergency.
Learning and childcare hubs for the children of key workers will remain open across Scotland over the Easter holidays. The move will help support key workers in the NHS and other key sectors on the frontline of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Highland Council is working hard to release business grants to eligible local businesses as quickly as possible. The Council has received over 2,000 applications since the scheme was introduced last week and has set up systems to process these applications quickly while ensuring the necessary information is received.
Since The Highland Council's dedicated helpline went live last Wednesday afternoon staff have dealt with over 1,600 calls. The helpline has been set to give assistance and to collect details of individuals and community groups looking to provide volunteering support.
Council tax payers in Highland who have lost their jobs or are experiencing a drop in their income are being encouraged to apply as quickly as possible for a reduction in their council tax. This help, known as the ‘Council Tax Reduction Scheme', is available for lower income households, including home owners.
Around 19,000 business rate payers in Highland will not receive their annual rates bill this April. The Highland Council recognises the exceptional economic challenges for local business and has therefore decided to pause business rates bills in respect of financial year 2020/21.
What is 'shielding'? If you fall within one of the groups recommended to shield, you will have received a letter or text from the NHS. Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people by minimising contact between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.
During this time of restrictions it is important that we all stay active, for our physical health and mental well being. Recreation outside is an important element of this, but it is essential that each of us practice good social distancing while outside.
The Highland Council has launched a free helpline to give assistance and to collect details of individuals and community groups looking to provide volunteering support during Covid19. The single line number - 0300 303 1362 - will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.
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