Highland Council to lead the way in reducing waste plastic impact
10th May 2018
The Highland Council has today agreed to lead the way in reducing the impact of plastic on our vast coastline.
Highland Council has a coastline of almost 4,500 km and is the local authority area with the longest coastline in the UK.
Members have agreed to sign up to the aspiration to have a plastic free coast line by reducing plastic usage and promoting environmental awareness.
Chair of Environment, Development and Infrastructure Councillor Allan Henderson said: "We will do all that we can to reduce plastic usage ourselves, by the Council and within Highland.
"Plastics, particularly some kinds, can take thousands of years to break down and some, such as styrofoam cups, will be there for all time. The waste washing up on our beaches from the sea is an horrendous problem.
“Plastics and litter on our beaches reflects the huge problem in our oceans and I would encourage everyone to pick up a few pieces of litter when visiting our beaches and we will do our utmost as a Council to support these actions which will help to protect our environment and prevent further damage in the future.
“Environmental awareness of this increasing and worldwide issue is, I hope, growing, but we will do our bit in promoting further awareness in our schools, to our residents and to visitors to the Highlands. This is something in which everyone can, and has a responsibility to, do their bit."
A policy report will be brought back to the Committee as part of the Council's overall waste strategy.
On Thursday 16th August 2018 councillors on the Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee will discuss the update from Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership which is reproduced below. 3.
The Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee of Highland Council will meet on Thursday 16th August 2018. Item 23 on the agenda is "Parking Services".
The Highland Council is delighted to be working with the University of Dundee and the University of the Highlands and Islands to support Highland-based people who are interested in a career move to gain both their PGDE and complete their induction year within 18 months. Following an earlier event in June, Highland Council and the University of Dundee and University of the Highlands and Islands are hosting a second information evening on Tuesday 14 August 2018 from 5:30pm - 7pm at the University of Highlands and Islands, Inverness College, Inverness Campus IV2 5NA.
The Highland Licensing Board is now consulting on a proposed draft of its next Statement of Policy under the Gambling Act 2005 which, when finalised after consultation responses have been considered and any consequent amendments made, will become its policy statement for the period 2019-2022. The Highland Licensing Board is required to publish, every three years, a statement of the principles that they propose to apply in exercising their functions under the Gambling Act 2005.
Young people across the Highlands are receiving their SQA exam results by text, e-mail or post today (7th August 2018). Schools across The Highland Council area offered candidates the full range of national qualifications from National 2 right through to Advanced Higher.
Works are to begin on an additional £1.5M worth of repair schemes on Highland Council roads this summer. Cllr Alister Mackinnon, Highland Council's Budget Leader said: "At the Council's meeting in March, Members agreed a revised 5 year Capital Plan and agreed to prioritise roads maintenance if there was any underspend in the Council's capital programme for 2018/19.
Highland Council is issuing a reminder to owners of private water supplies and landlords of tenants on private water supplies that it is their responsibility to arrange for the provision of water to their properties. As a result of the prolonged recent dry weather Highland Council's, Environmental Health Team is receiving a few calls from individuals on private water supplies that are drying up.
The Highland Licensing Board has begun consultation on its next Statement of Licensing Policy for the period November 2018 to November 2023. The aim of the Policy Statement is to promote consistency in decision-making on all types of liquor licence applications and to give applicants advance notice of the Board's likely approach to determining licence applications.
The Highland Council is pleased to announce the recent appointment of 5 Head and 10 Acting Head Teachers across the region's schools. All the new teachers will be in their posts by the new term in August 2018.
The Highland Council has approved the recruitment process for a new Chief Executive to replace Steve Barron when he retires in the autumn. Applicants are invited to apply for this important top position to lead one of the largest local authorities in Europe, by the 31 July.
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