New Polling Scheme approved
6th September 2019
Changes to a number of Polling Districts and Polling Places in the Highlands were agreed yesterday (Thursday 5 September 2019) at the meeting of The Highland Council.
Members approved a new Scheme of Polling Districts and Polling Places that will be in place for the next four years. This follows a formal review of Highland Polling Districts and Places which is required to be undertaken every four years under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013.
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 regularly reviewing the Scheme is to ensure that electors have reasonable facilities for voting and so far as reasonable and practical, the designated polling places are accessible to all electors. The report presented to Members follows the Council's statutory review that commenced in October last year.
All elected representatives including Members, community councils. MSPs, MPs, and various groups and bodies including access groups were consulted. The public have also had an opportunity to provide their comments during the review process. Following approval by Highland Council details of the new scheme of polling districts and polling places will be published on the council's website and will be available from this link
Individuals, however, still have a right to make representations to the Electoral Commission regarding the findings of the review. Representations must be in writing by post (Legal Counsel, Electoral Commission, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ), Tel: 020 7271 0500 or e-mail (email@example.com) and should be specific as possible.
Helen Budge, Director of Children's Services at Shetland Islands Council, has taken up the mantle as Lead Officer for the Northern Alliance. She will be supported in leading the improvement collaborative by a quality improvement manager, working with Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Highland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland councils to improve the life chances of children and young people.
The Highland Council Modern Apprenticeship Programme recently achieved a top grading following a three-day Quality Assurance Assessment from Skills Development Scotland. The Council's Modern Apprenticeship provision has been designed so it can utilise current resources to deliver high quality training to new and existing employees.
Highland councillors welcome report which says Gaelic and cultural development in the region is progressing well. Highland councillors today warmly welcomed Chief Executive Donna Manson's report to the Corporate Resources committee that highlights the progress being made in relation to Gaelic and cultural development in the region.
Poll cards for people across the Highlands who are registered to vote in the UK Parliamentary Election will start to be issued from Wednesday onwards (20 November). Already 185,469 people living in the Highlands are registered to vote in the UK Parliamentary election.
The by-election for a councillor to represent Inverness Central - Ward 14 on The Highland Council has been won by Emma Roddick - Scottish National Party (SNP) who was one of six candidates who contested the vacancy. Voting was by the single transferable vote and Emma Roddick emerged as the winner at the third stage of the count.
18 candidates are seeking election on Thursday 12 December 2019 for the three Highland UK Parliamentary general election constituencies. Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency has attracted 5 candidates; Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency 7 candidates; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency 6 candidates.
Daviot Primary School is delighted to share that their children are pioneering virtual reality (VR) learning in Highland to help raise engagement and increase attainment for all pupils. The school recently acquired "ClassVR"; a simple to use virtual reality user interface made for education.
Highland Council's Trading Standards team is reporting mixed findings from its Autumn age restricted product test purchase programme. During the exercise, premises in Easter Ross, Inverness and Aviemore were test purchased for fireworks, cigarettes and vape liquids.
Over £2.3 million pounds of investment is set to benefit town centres across the Highlands with 30 transformational projects about to get underway to stimulate economic investment and to help towns diversify and flourish. The Town Centre capital grant fund from the Scottish Government is targeted to encourage town and city centres to diversify and flourish, giving new purpose and creating footfall.
Transport group chair calls for immediate research on viability of publicly operated Highland bus services. SNP Ness-side councillor Ron MacWilliam has written to members of the Highland Council Redesign board to urge them to consider options for publicly run bus services in the Highlands.
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