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Local Council Service Points Closed

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

On 27th February:

The Highland Council’s Finance Housing and Resources Committee has agreed by 13 votes to 9 the recommendations of a review of the way it delivers customer services to reflect modern trends of contact by phone, online and outwith normal working hours.”

Also,

“In locations affected [by] the proposals [], there will be facilitated self service points, mostly in libraries. These facilities will be provided in all 40 libraries across the Highlands, meaning that people will have access to self service in more locations than the current service, and in most cases, for longer periods, including, for some, Saturdays and/or evenings.  In some communities there may be other more suitable solutions e.g.  at a Visitor Information Centre, school or with other partners.”

Also,

“In locations affected the proposals to, there will be facilitated self service points, mostly in libraries. These facilities will be provided in all 40 libraries across the Highlands, meaning that people will have access to self service in more locations than the current service, and in most cases, for longer periods, including, for some, Saturdays and/or evenings.  In some communities there may be other more suitable solutions e.g.  at a Visitor Information Centre, school or with other partners.”

Also,

“Council Leader Drew Hendry gave three pledges at the meeting.  He said: “Firstly, no member of staff will face compulsory redundancy as a result of this process.Secondly all new contact facilities will be in place before any existing services are removed.  And, thirdly, anyone who either needs – or wants – a face to face contact within those communities, where a change is to be made, can make an appointment suitable to them.”.”

Quotations taken from Highland Council Press Release 26th February 2014

Residents Meeting

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

16 October 2013

Residents  Meeting

Bonar Bridge Hall, 6.30pm

Residents Meeting

A meeting for Highland Council tenants and people living in former Highland Council houses in the Kyle of Sutherland area.

Margaret Ross, Principal Housing Officer will attend the meeting to answer any questions you may have about housing services in the area and general Highland Council housing queries.

16 october 2013

Residents  Meeting

Bonar Bridge Hall, 6.30pm

Police, Fire & Rescue – Ward Forum

Friday, August 30th, 2013

North, West and Central Sutherland Ward

Ward Forum

Ward Forum

The A9 – Speak to B E A R

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Ward 5 East Sutherland and Edderton is hosting this Ward Forum to allow the public to learn more about ‘running’ the A9. Continue reading “The A9 – Speak to B E A R” »

Easier, and Easier

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Highland Council has been making it easier, faster and more efficient to deal on-line with some of their services. Continue reading “Easier, and Easier” »

Entitled to Benefits ?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Highland Council Essential Guide to Benefits, Money Advice, Energy Advice and Other Entitlements.

The Highland Council has published the guide above which you may obtain at the Bonar Bridge Service Point, in the Library.

Don’t miss out, especially with colder weather and higher bills coming.

Visit the service point, get this guide and any further information which may help you, or may help your neighbour, to obtain all relevant benefits.

Service Point / Library
Opening hours:

Monday      10.00am – 12.30pm, 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Tuesday     10.00am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 10.00am – 12.30pm
Thursday    10.00am – 12.30pm, 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday         10.00am – 12.30pm
Saturday     closed

Click HERE for their website.

From Community Council minutes 12 November 2012.

New Partnership Working

Friday, September 21st, 2012
LOGO-Highland CouncilLOGO NHS

Highland Council and NHS Highland

INAUGURAL MEETING

OF

The Sutherland District Partnership

TO BE HELD IN PUBLIC AT 3PM

ON

FRIDAY 5th OCTOBER 2012

IN

THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL OFFICES DRUMMUIE, GOLSPIE

The Partnership of the Council and Health Board proposed the establishment of a series of District Partnerships. The Sutherland District Partnership will consider issues relevant to the defined geographic and service delivery area covering both Integrated Children’s Services and Adult Services and will be a key element of local engagement.

For further information please contact andy.mackay@highland.gov.uk on 07776465844.

The general public are welcome to observe the meeting.

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:            19th September 2012                                                        USE: IMMEDIATE

Sutherland District Partnership 5th October 2012 Meeting

On Friday 5th October, the new Sutherland District Partnership will meet in full for the first time as part of the new arrangements under the Planning for Integration (P4i) partnership between the NHS and Highland Council.

The Partnership of the Council and Health Board proposed the establishment of a series of District Partnerships. The Sutherland District Partnership will consider issues relevant to the defined geographic and service delivery area covering both Integrated Children’s Services and Adult Services and will be a key element of local engagement.

Partners will attend the inaugural meeting to agree the Chair for the District Partnership, confirm membership and the agenda, agree the terms of reference and for future agenda items to be identified. The meeting will also include a 10 minutes slot for public questions.

This meeting will commence at 3pm in the Highland Council Offices, Drummuie, Golspie.

The general public are welcome to observe the meeting.

ends

For further information, please contact Andy Mackay, North West and Central Sutherland Ward Manager on 07776465844

Road Verge Cutting

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Gold medalists are sought for blooming road verges

The Highland Council wants members of the public to let them know where the most flowery road verges are in their local area with a view of looking to change cutting regimes to maximise the variety of flowers growing there.

“Safety is of course of paramount importance on roads, so cutting regimes will only be altered when it is safe to do so. All the verges along sightlines and at junctions will remain cut short, however there are lots of other areas that could have their cutting regime altered to benefit the wildflowers there, which will in turn the insects that feed on them. We are not asking for a detailed report, just a quick and easy survey of the variety of colours you see as you pass by in a car or walking.”

Roadside Flowers

Tell the council where you have found a good display of roadside wildflowers which you would NOT like to see obliterated by cutting.

Highland Council will need details on the location, either a name or number, the road junction it is nearest to, or a grid reference and a description of the variety of colours or species of flowers found there. Make contact by telephoning 01463 702274 or e-mailing jonathan.willet@highland.gov.uk

So, did your vote work for you?

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Congratulations to our newly elected councillors:

George Farlow
Hugh Morrison
Linda Munro

How did the Single Transferable Vote system bring this election result about?

Below are Highland Council breakdowns of the voting on Thursday, 3rd May 2012.

Click HERE to download the Declaration of the Results.

Click HERE to download the Preference Report showing the raw votes for each candidate;  1st to 9th preference votes.

Click HERE to download the Election Results showing the transfer of votes.

Click HERE to download the Summary of Transferred votes.

Click HERE to open the Highland Council website on this 2012 election.

Summer 2012 Countryside Ranger Walks

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Check the website for the calendar of events:

East Sutherland

Top Five Must Sees

  • Loch Fleet NNR with all-year interest and one flowered wintergreen.
  • Spinningdale Woods Amongst best pinewoods in area with numerous birds.
  • Baile an Or Mid 19th century gold prospecting setllement.
  • Croick Church Poignant reminder of victims of the Scottish Clearances.
  • Achness Falls Great place to see salmon. Spectacular after rainfall.

Assynt

Top Five Must Sees

  • Stoer Point With 60m sandstone sea-stack ‘Old Man of Stoer’.
  • Falls of Kirkaig Formed from volcanic intrusion into the bedrock.
  • Little Assynt Path Network One of few all-abilities access paths in North.
  • Bone Caves See where ancient animal bones were discovered.
  • Glencanisp Scenic glen managed by a community foundation.

North Sutherland

Top Five Must Sees

  • Skerray Vibrant crofting community and scenic harbour.
  • Strathy Point Best whale/dolphin watching site on the north coast.
  • Torrisdale Bay Amazing wildflowers, archaeology and a stunning beach.
  • Melvich Bay Beautiful sandy bay/dunes with small fishing communities.
  • Castle Varrich Ancient seat of Chief of Clan Mackay.

Northwest Sutherland

Top Five Must Sees

  • Faraid Head See seabirds, moss campion and the Scottish Primrose.
  • Handa Island Noted for birdlife, including puffins, skuas and guillemots.
  • Scourie Beach Bathing beach, despite 60 degree north latitude.
  • Oldshoremore Beach Very beautiful and quiet beach.
  • Talmine Bay Secluded bay with many seabirds and hosts of wildflowers.

Ward Forum Minutes – 28/01/2012 draft release

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Draft minutes for the Ward Forum meeting on Saturday, 28th January can be downloaded from HERE.

The Ward Forum was held in the community centre in Lairg.

Save Energy – Keep Warm

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The Highland Council
Glenurquhart Road
Inverness
IV3 5NX

Dear Householder,

Act now – warm up your winter!

One free call* from you is all it could take…

We have good news for householders in your area: the new Universal Home Insulation Scheme is now available to help reduce your fuel bills.

This scheme is paid for by the Scottish Government so it costs you nothing.

Act now

call the Home Energy Scotland Hotline free*

on 0800 512 012

For:

  • Free loft and/or cavity wall insulation** for your home if you need it.

And even if you don’t need insulation, act now for more free benefits:

  • Free impartial advice to help reduce your household energy bills
  • Free home energy report giving an energy rating for your property
  • Free in-depth advice to help save you money on your motoring costs

This is a limited offer. Call 0800 512 012 now.

Yours faithfully,

Tina Luxton
Housing and Property Manager (North)
Housing and Property Services
The Highland Council
Peter Rickard
Centre Manager
Energy Saving Scotland advice centre
Highlands and Islands

P.S. The scheme is delivered by Energy Saving Scotland advice centre Highlands and Islands and Carillion Energy Services on behalf of The Highland Council.

* Calls to the Home Energy Scotland Hotline are free from land lines. Calls from mobiles to 0300 456 2655 are charged at local rates. Call backs can be made to mobiles if requested. The Home Energy Scotland Hotline is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and on Saturdays 9am-1pm on 26 November, 3 and 17 December, 14 and 21 January, 4 and 11 February, 17 and 24 March (subject to change).

** If you do not currently have any loft insulation in your loft, by installing it to a depth of at least 270mm (10″), you could save around £220 a year (for an oil heated, three-bed semi-detached house). Insulating your cavity walls can save you around £170 a year off your heating bills.

Safety – On Your Doorstep

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Literally!  Be Safe at your home; on your doorstep.

Highland Council Trading Standards Service has created a small Community Safety team.

Complaints about DOORSTEP CRIME are increasing .  The best protection is prevention, so be aware, be prepared, know how to call the Community Safety team.

HERE is a letter received by A&D CC to alert us all to the dangers and to explain the Highland Council team.

Contact the Community Safety Team at 01463 228723
or
Contact Trading Standards at 01463 228700.

Need another employee? Here’s help!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Where a new employee could be hired Highland Council is using its partnership with the European Social Fund to offer funds to small businesses for six months or for a full year.

Various terms and various conditions can be seen HERE, or you may email to ask for information HERE.

HIGHLAND FUNDING INFORMATION

Friday, October 7th, 2011

HIGHLAND FUNDING INFORMATION AUTUMN 2011 Continue reading “HIGHLAND FUNDING INFORMATION” »