Highland Council Enhancing Biodiversity And Protecting Wildlife
6th April 2022
The Highland Council is embracing the climate change agenda by increasing the amount of set aside and wildlife corridors across the area. In 2019, Highland Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and have committed to being a low carbon Highlands by 2025.
One way to do our part and locally address the global climate and ecological emergency is to reduce both the area being mown, and the frequency of cutting. This increases biodiversity, crucially in urban areas where it is often low, and is great for habitat creation as well as absorbing more carbon in these areas, and reducing the carbon emitted in managing the greenspaces. The benefits to our pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are evident, but the knock on impacts to other species of plants, insects, birds and mammals are just as important. Providing spaces for more species to thrive can make our communities more biodiverse and enjoyable places to live, with cleaner air and thriving greenspaces.
Interpretation information will be available on our website and signage will be placed at locations which are not being cut to help to identify the flora and fauna benefits of the areas, an approach being followed by many other Councils to explain to the public that land is being left uncut for biodiversity reasons. Other ways in which the Council will reduce their emissions will be by only cutting paths through larger greenspaces, reducing verge cutting and creating wildflower or wildlife corridors between some green spaces.
The Council is also encouraging people to be responsible citizens when out and about in our greenspaces and asks please take litter home with you or use bins provided.
The Council will be encouraging community food growing initiatives in some of the areas of set aside and if you are interested in learning more about this please email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
A pioneering bid for Green Freeport status by the Opportunity Cromarty Firth (OCF) consortium today received seismic boost after Members of Highland Council homologated the local authority's cross-chamber support. Members agreed their continued support for the OCF project and Green Freeport bid and acknowledged the potential benefits to the Highland region.
At the first full Highland Council Committee meeting (30 June 2022), newly elected Members agreed that the Council will implement a trauma informed practice across all Council services. It is estimated that around 60% of the UK population has experienced psychological trauma in their lifetime.
The Highland Council wants to hear the views of residents, visitors, interested groups and organisations on the Council's short term let draft policy statement and proposed additional conditions for a licence. Earlier this year the Scottish Parliament approved legislation to introduce a new licensing scheme for short-term let properties, which is due to come into effect on 1 October this year.
Business operating in the short term letting market may think this is the worst time to add more cost to running what for many is a small business. The Highland Council has set in motion the plans required by the Scottish government to control who can an cannot operate in the region.
Scotland's Chief Statistician today released the latest Council Tax Collection Statistics which provides figures for Scottish local authorities up to and including the financial year 2021-22. In 2021-22 for Scotland as a whole, the total amount of Council Tax billed (after Council Tax Reduction) was £2.723 billion.
Highland Council Licensing Committee agreed today 20 June 2022 to an early review of taxi tariffs that could see a 15 and 20 per cent fare increase. Taxi operators want increases to offset the inflation and increased fuel costs recently.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is joining forces with the Spirit of the Highlands and Islands project to provide funding support. Spirit of the Highlands and Islands aims to encourage visitors to see all parts of the Highlands and Islands in a sustainable way.
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The Hydro Ness project team is hugely proud to be announced as a finalist in the Highlands & Islands Renewable Energy Awards 2022. The project is nominated under the category of ‘Best On-Shore Renewable Energy Project Award'.
Governance arrangements for the new Council, including senior councillor structure and associated remuneration have been agreed at The Highland Council meeting on 9 June 2022. The following Office Bearers were appointed to Strategic Committees by agreement of Council.