Chance to comment on Review of Highland Polling Districts and Places
3rd October 2018
The Highland Council is carrying out the formal review of its Polling Districts and Places. This review is required in terms of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 as all polling districts and polling places should be reviewed at least every four years.
All local authorities have to divide their area into polling district for parliamentary election purposes, and to designate polling places for these polling districts. The aim of the review is to ensure that: -
All electors in each constituency have reasonable facilities for voting
So far as reasonable and practical, the polling places that the councils are responsible for, are accessible to all electors. In considering suitable polling places, councils must ensure that they are accessible for people with disabilities.
A preliminary review was carried out in October 2017 and it gave the Council an opportunity of a longer period of consultation to ascertain stakeholders' view and opinions, in particular, to undertake a comparison between the original polling scheme used in 2015 with the revised Highland Council's scheme that was devised in 2017.
Following the completion of Stage 1 of the public consultation, a total of 34 responses were received. The Returning Officer has now published his proposals and as part of the formal review, Highland Council is now asking for views and comments from interested people and groups on these proposed arrangements
Proposed Polling Scheme for polling districts and polling places
Representations can be made by completing an on-line feedback form, by post to Election Office, The Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or direct by phone on 01463 702945.
The closing date for submissions will be 5.00pm on Monday, 10 December 2018.
All representations will be open to public inspection and will also be published on the Council's website. The outcome of the review will then be published on the Council's website in March 2019.
Tighter controls on what can be taken to the public recycling centres are set to save £300,000 over the next two financial years. This proposal introduces restrictions on construction and demolition waste brought to our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), limiting quantities to small amounts generated through minor DIY activities.
The main activities that the social enterprise groups currently carry out directly for Highland Council waste management are the servicing of re-use containers on our household waste recycling centres (HWRCs). These currently divert around 150 tonnes from 11 HWRCs.
Newstart Highland that took over Home Aid in Caithness is set to lose a £75,000 grant from 2019/20. The Highland council agreed the reduction at its budget meeting on 14th February 2019.
Planning and building warrant income is to be increased over 3 years as part of the Highland council 3 year budget plan. 2019/20 - £600,000 2020/21 - £328,000 2021/22 - £182,000 Total - £110,000,000 The current income target for planning and building control fees is £4.867m.
Savings of £610,000 are being asked from Highland Highlife in addition to inflationary pressures of £900,000 to be absorbed by the organisation. The arms length organisation has proved to be an outstanding success in the few years since it was floated by the council.
Highland councillors reluctantly agreed to range of increase charges under the community services part of the budget. Many of the charges reflect inflationary increases The total of £2.063 million will be rolled out as follows - 2019/20 - £771,000 2020/21 - £.636,000 2021/22 - £656,000 The split is as follows - Export licences for fish were included in the above figures but a change was agreed at the meeting that should make the saving in total.
Additional Income projected £216k of is projected for thenext three years - 2019/20 - £118,000 2020/21 - £58,000 2021/22 - £40,000 Through a proactive approach to lease extensions (with premiums) and increases in rental income the council will seek to maximise the performance of the industrial and investment portfolio, including selling off poor performing industrial sites and focusing investment on high performing, high rental sites and properties. Net income £2.776m - excludes income for the Housing Revenue Account and Inverness Common Good Fund.
The Highland council agrred to slash £258,000 from the budget for Early Years organisations for 2019/20 The current budget for Early Years' Grants is £458k per annum. This is primarily an area-based budget where partners are able to apply for funding for one-off grants.
Councillors today 14th February 2019 agreed to increase the price of school meals despite some councillors pointing out that previous increase last year resulted in reduced number taking the meals. Councillors have little room to help as they did in the past to basically subsidise meals.
Highland council agreed today 14th February 2019 to save £150,000 over the next two years in the complicated area of waste haulage contracts. What may seem like a simple hing to deal with is not an easy subject to easy with effectively as it affects every home an business in Highland.
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