Car Clubs Help The Highland Council Drive Ahead
2nd June 2018
The Highland Council, in partnership with Enterprise Car Club an E-Car Club, have recently launched car clubs at multiple Council offices throughout the region. The scheme's newest location, Fort William, is being launched on 4th June 2018 and will form part of a 6-month pilot.
The Council recently undertook a review its grey fleet, where staff and Members use their own cars to deliver services, and this review identified that the car club model would be an appropriate way to reduce both costs and risk to the organisation.
Staff from the Council's Climate Change team and Travel Desk have been working closely with two car club operators - Enterprise Car Club and E-Car Club - to pilot the car club model at key sites within the Council’s estate. The purpose of the pilot is to displace costly grey fleet and car hire journeys by rolling out car club vehicles, initially at the locations detailed below:
• Highland Council HQ, Inverness – 5 cars (Enterprise Car Club)
• Charles Kennedy Building, Fort William – 2 cars (E-Car Club)
• Camaghael Hostel, Fort William – 1 car (E-Car Club)
• County Buildings, Dingwall – 3 cars (E-Car Club)
• Drummuie, Golspie – 3 cars (E-Car Club)
The overall objective is to create an easily accessible, self-serve alternative to private vehicle use at locations where significant levels of grey fleet mileage and car hire originate.
Chair of the Council’s Environment, Development & Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Allan Henderson, said: "We are delighted to see car club vehicles being rolled out at offices throughout the region. Our staff cover a huge geographical area in delivering services to the people of Highland, and by providing them with safe, modern, low-emission vehicles, we are helping them to do that without having to rely on their own cars."
He added: "The Highland Council is committed to creating sustainable transport in the region, and car clubs are an excellent way of reducing vehicle numbers on our roads, as well as harmful emissions. We very much hope that this pilot is a success and that we can have a wider roll out of the scheme towards the end of the year."
Keith Stark, Scotland Manager at Enterprise Car Club, said: “Enterprise has been renting cars in Highland for many years, and we are absolutely delighted to now have the opportunity to extend that service to The Highland Council. The service will provide flexibility to Council staff to rent a car either by the hour or by the day, right on their doorstep, whenever they need it, and will mean that many staff can now get to work by alternative means, knowing that they have cars available to book at a moments’ notice.”
Malcolm McRobert, Locations Manager (Scotland) at E-Car Club, said: “The Highland Council has recognised that car clubs can provide an efficient, cost effective and low carbon means of delivering services to the people of Highland. E-Car Club are pleased to be helping deliver the Council’s vision at various locations including Dingwall, Fort William and Golspie, and we’re confident that staff will soon see the benefits of the car club model over using their own vehicles.”
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Improvements to the management of facility lets in Highland Council properties (including schools) has been welcomed by Members of The Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee. Committee Chair, Cllr Allan Henderson said: "I would like to thank staff for the large amount of work has been undertaken since October 2016 when the Council's Redesign Board recommended the transfer of management of school lets to the Development and Infrastructure Service.
Planning guidance approved by the Highland Council today (Thursday 16 August 2018) has updated the financial contributions that new developments will be required to make towards facilities including schools, roads and the provision of affordable housing. Members of the Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee today agreed to adopt the Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance (DCSG) after a public consultation was undertaken in early 2018.
A 5 year Parking Policy and Guidance for The Highland Council area has been approved by Members of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee. The policy, which is required by the local authority to underpin its enforcement of decriminalised parking will cover the period from 2018 - 2023.
Highland Council Members have agreed to support the efforts of Caithness Transport Forum and Wick JOG Airport Consultative Committee to improve flight connectivity at Wick John O' Groats airport. Members were informed at Highland Council's headquarters today (16 August 2018) that both organisations are pressing to have investigation work carried out on the potential to have a Public Service Obligation (PSO) created on one of the flight routes.
The Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee has today agreed the Longman Landfill site in Inverness as the preferred location to construct a new centralised waste management facility (Materials Recovery Facility) to recover recyclates and produce Refuse Derived Fuel, as the Council's preferred interim arrangements for meeting the requirements of the ban on landfilling which commences in January 2021. This facility will process all of the Highland’s 83,000 tonnes of residual (non-recyclable) waste from 2021 onwards.
The Winter Service Policy for The Highland Council this coming winter 2018/19 has been approved by Members of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee. The Council's policy relates to clearing and gritting of Highland Council adopted roads, cycle ways, footways and footpaths.
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.
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