Ambitious for a sustainable and connected Highland
13th December 2018
Members have agreed six priority commitments in a revised Council Programme at today's council meeting.
The six themes within the Programme are:
A Council that Champions the Highlands;
A Place to Live;
A place to Thrive;
A place to Prosper;
A Welcoming Place; and
Your Highland Council
These themes and the actions which the council has agreed to, reflect priorities which have emerged through the round of public engagement during November.
An overarching new vision has also been agreed. This is that the Council will be "ambitious for a sustainable and connected Highland" and will support its communities in this goal.
A corporate plan will now be developed, with outcomes linked to key performance indicators.
Leader of the Council Margaret Davidson said: "Our revised Programme has a clear vision that the council should be “ambitious, sustainable and connected Highland". This vision underpins the priorities which we have highlighted for the future, including a new theme of “a council which “champions the Highlands”. The Highlands is unique area with a distinctive international brand and we must maximise the opportunities we have to celebrate and promote all that Highland has to offer.”
Chief Executive Donna Manson said: “In response to a call from communities for a more transparent and collaborative approach, the council will look at how best to structure the organisation to support local service delivery and governance. An all-member seminar will be held in January to consider this as well as looking at the development of performance measures for the corporate plan to deliver the Programme.”
The Programme - Your Voice Your Council Your Future can be found at https://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4063/highland_council
Item 14 Appendix
Highland Council today announced its biggest ever single investment in roads with an extra £20million capital announced in its budget proposals for the year 2020/21. The budget proposals were announced by Budget Leader Alister MacKinnon at a press conference at Highland Council headquarters.
Following the close of nominations at 12 noon on Wednesday 26 February 2020, the outcome is as follows. 2 Community Councils received more nominations than their maximum membership, which means that postal ballots will now be held for Rogart Community Council and Strathnairn Community Council.
An interim update on the development of a new model to assess needs and allocate resource for Additional Support Needs will be reported to the Council's Education Committee on Thursday. The work being carried out is to ensure the Council has a delivery model in place which is agile and flexible to meeting the needs of young people and provides stability for staff.
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has warned that the Scottish Government's Budget will hit vulnerable communities the hardest. COSLA has warned the Government that it has not considered successive years of cuts, or rising inflation and demand and have therefore put council services at risk.
Following a review taxi fares in Highland have been held at the same level by the Highland Council Licensing Committee held on 18 February 2019. The papers and the debate on this issue can be seen at items six on the webcast - https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/469655 There is a 14 Day period for appeal.
A study is underway into the feasibility of replacing Scotland's second busiest ferry service with a fixed link bridge or tunnel. The Highland Council, HITRANS and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are joint funding the study at the Corran Narrows in Lochaber.
The standstill period under the Council's Trades Services Framework agreement was due to close with effect from Monday 17th February 2020, with the intention of a proposed go live date with the new arrangements and contracts of 24th February. The standstill period is a defined period of time between the notice of the contract award decision and the award of the contract.
On 14th February 2020 the Highland council place an advert in the Northern times newspaper regarding the Spaceport planning application as follows. - THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (SCOTLAND) ACT 1997 TOWN and COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017.
Members today approved a modest 3% rent increase for residential rents and service charges following detailed consultation with tenants. The increase will result in a rise in the average weekly council house rent from £75.38 to £77.74 (£2.26), which means that Highland rents are still 8th lowest of the 26 councils which retain housing.
Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer's first annual report highlights successes and challenges.` Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer for Highland Council, Karen Ralston, has enjoyed a successful first year in her role. Members today noted the 2018/19 annual report at the meeting of the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care committee.
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