Pentland Housing Success In Carbon Challenge Award £101,767
5th October 2012
Council Leader encourages communities to apply for Climate Challenge Fund.
Five communities in the Highlands have between them received over £420,000 from the 11th round of the Climate Challenge Fund and the Leader of The Highland Council hopes more community groups will be encouraged to come forward with projects that tackle climate change.
Councillor Drew Hendry said: "I want to congratulate the communities on their success and I look forward to seeing the results of their projects as they develop over the coming months. I am sure their achievement will inspire and give a boost to other groups to come forward, develop creative ideas and apply for funding.
"Since implementing our own Carbon Management Plan, over the last five years we have managed to cut carbon emissions by 13%. However we know we need to do more so we are now looking at what new actions we can take so we can meet the Scottish Governments target of 42% overall savings by 2020.
"Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today and here in Highland we want to play our part. There are lots of things we can do as individuals but by working together we can make a real and lasting difference."
The Highland community groups to benefit from the latest round of the Climate Challenge are Pentland Housing Association, The Melness and Tongue Community Development Trust, Ullapool Coimmunity Trust, the Lochaber Environmental Group and Urray and Kilchrist Church of Scotland.
Pentland Housing Association has been awarded £101,767 for the Caithness Carbon Challenge Project which will employ an energy adviser to visit people in their homes.
The Melness and Tongue Community Development Trust have received £105,162 to provide energy advice to householders and to run a food waste reduction programme called Kitchen Canny.
£63,370 has gone to the Ullapool Community Trust to enhance awareness, knowledge and uptake of renewable energy technologies. The project will also promote the sustainable use of local biomass such as wood.
The Lochaber Environmental Group have received £115,130 for The Lochaber Initiative on Fuel Energy (LIFE) project which will promote fuel and energy issues to householders, provide support to local businesses and visit schools to raise environmental issues among the young people.
The final award of £30,660 has been given to the Urray and Kilchrist Church of Scotland to reduce emissions through installing modern insulation and energy efficient heating in their community hall.
Information on how to apply for funding and the full list of successful projects can be found by visiting http://ccf.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/howToApply.aspx
Information and advice is also available on The Highland Council's website - www.highland.gov.uk/climatechange
Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Glencoul, Kylesku area. Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.
Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Eishort. Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.
Funding for food and activities during the summer break. More children and young people will benefit from a nutritious meal and a place to play this summer holiday.
At a meeting of The Highland Council on Thursday 27 June 2019, Councillors decided to discontinue the provision of education at Altnaharra Primary School, dividing its catchment area between Tongue Primary, Farr Primary and Lairg Primary schools. A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices can be viewed on the Council's website at: www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority.
"Highland Council as agreed to allow a question time for members of the public at future Council meetings. The motion was presented by Depute Leader Cllr Alasdair Christie and means that from December 2019, Highland Council meetings will include a time allocation for questions from members of the public.
Highland Councillors have unanimously agreed that the Council will support the continuation of the exemption from UK Air Passenger Duty for flights departing from airports in the Highlands & Islands; and Members also agreed that the Council will continue working with HiTRANS to present the case of the need for, and benefit arising from an exemption from the current UK Air Passenger Duty and any successor duty. The Council's stance comes this week as calls have been made by Aberdeen Airport for greater parity with Highlands & Islands.
Suicide prevention is a key priority for The Highland Council. Members have agreed today, to take forward a piece of research with partners including NHS Highland and Police Scotland, to better understand the current evidence base and experience of suicide in Highland.
The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors has been approved by the Council as part of a range of measures to improve wellbeing. An Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members will be put in place to offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.
Councillor Mackie had a written question at today's meeting of Highland council. Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Environment, Development & Infrastructure Committee "Official Highland Council guidance indicates that, unless extended, successful Community Asset Transfer requests should be completed by the Local Authority within a nine months' timeframe.
From highland council Meting today 27 June 2019. Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Corporate Resources Committee "What are the current best estimates for present total Highland Council debt and the annual financial commitment required to service this debt?".
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