Leader Of The Council And Chair Of The Brexit Working Group Welcomed The Scottish Government's Position Paper On The Replacement For European Structural Investment Funds
20th November 2020
The Leader of The Highland Council Margaret Davidson and Chair of the Brexit Working Group Jimmy Gray welcomed the Scottish Government's position paper on the replacement for European Structural Investment Funds.
This paper was as a result of a wide consultation process in which the Highlands & Islands made a significant contribution towards.
Cllr Jimmy Gray said: "We look forward to the long awaited UK Government’s announcement on Wednesday 25 November about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which is intended to replace European Structural Funding. European Funding, which was designed to reduce regional disparities across the EU, has played an essential role in the wider development of the Highlands & Islands in the past four decades and recognised the particular challenges we faced.
We have seen significant improvements across our area with obvious benefits such as transport infrastructure including bridges, roads, airports and harbours. EU funding was also a major contributory factor in setting up the University of the Highlands & Islands and broader community benefits have accrued through poverty and social inclusion programmes, green energy developments, tourism initiatives and cultural enhancements.
We would hope that the UK Shared Prosperity will take on board the proposals outlined in the Scottish Government’s position paper particularly as they relate to local involvement".
Cllr Margaret Davidson said: “I welcome the Scottish Government’s position paper which provides a framework for Scotland’s allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. We are pleased to see that our contributions towards this have been included particularly around the areas of decentralisation and local decision making. I would look for the UK Government to take cognisance of these proposals when they announce the future of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund next week particularly since they came about after extensive stakeholder consultation.”
Highland Housing Register Allocation Policy - Public Consultation There is still time to tell the Highland Housing Register landlords what you think about changes to the way that their houses are let and who gets priority. The consultation has been extended to Monday 7 December The landlords contacted everyone who is on the Highland Housing Register re-housing list.
The Highland Council has confirmed that a new date has been set for the Ward 12 - Aird and Loch Ness By-Election The original date of poll was Thursday 5 November but given the current public health advice applying in Scotland, the Returning Officer made the decision to postpone the by-election. Under normal circumstances a by-election must be held within three months of the vacancy arising, however under the provisions of Section 70 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 the filling of the vacancy can be postponed where it is reasonable and appropriate to do so and a date should be fixed for the poll to be held as soon as it reasonably practicable.
New fees for residential caravan site licence applications have been approved by The Highland Council's Communities and Place Committee. The new fees are estimated to affect around 20 residential caravan sites in Highland region.
A pricing regime has been agreed in Highland for the provision of Export Health Certificates which will be required by UK businesses from 1 January 2021 to export products of animal origin to the EU. Chair of The Highland Council's Communities and Place Committee Cllr Allan Henderson welcomed the work carried out to date by Council officers in supporting exporting businesses to the EU, he said: "The Environmental Health Team has a very important role in providing certification for Highland businesses exporting animal products to the EU.
Highland Councillors have noted the scale of achievement by Council staff in meeting the Traffic Commissioner's compliance requirements for the local authority's fleet and welcomed a phased approach to the ‘greening’ of its vehicles. Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council’s Communities and Place Committee said: "Maintaining a legally safe and compliant fleet of vehicles is essential and is no mean feat for an organisation the size of Highland Council.
The Highland Council is to consult on draft management rules for its 268 burial grounds across the region and crematorium located at Kilvean in Inverness. The Council has a statutory duty to manage burials, oversee memorial safety and cremations for around 1500 burials and 1200 cremations each year.
Motorists are being advised by The Highland Council that there will be a temporary road closure to the section of the U3520 Girnigoe Street, closed between its junction with the U3547 Henrietta Street and its junction with U3523 Glamis Road, at 09:30 until 15:30 on Thursday 3 December 2020. The closure has been made to allow KIER to carry out Iron work repairs.
The Highland Council has welcomed clarification from the Scottish Government that hotels are eligible for the Business Restriction Grant. As hotel restaurants and bars follow the same rules as other restaurants and bars with last entry at 21:30 and closure by 22:30, they have now been included as eligible businesses to receive grant from this scheme.
Members of The Highland Council's City of Inverness Area Committee have today agreed a proposed £4,786,000 investment in council housing for 2021-22. The one-year Inverness Area Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Capital Programme is part of the Highland wide HRA Capital Plan for 2021-22 which will see over £15m invested in improving the housing stock across the region.
The category B listed suspension Infirmary footbridge in Inverness which traverses the River Ness between Ness Walk and Ness Bank may need to close for public safety until The Highland Council considers and secures funding for necessary repairs. This was the message that the Council's Roads Operations Manager, John Taylor informed Members of the City of Inverness Area Committee this week.