Six Highland community councils are able to continue operating following recent interim elections. Nominations were invited from 21 January to 5 February 2014 for persons seeking election to Community Councils serving Caithness West; East Nairnshire; Inverlochy; Raigmore; Sinclairs Bay; and Wick In each case, the number of candidates nominated was less than the number of councillors to be returned, so no elections will take place, and the list of candidates for each community council are now declared to be elected as councillors.
Caithness West Community Council now has 6 members following the newly elected members, Jillian Bundy and Roger Warren. The maximum membership is 9 Heidi Tweedie-McFarlane has now been elected onto East Nairnshire Community Council taking the current membership to 4.
The maximum membership is 8. Inverlochy Community Council has 8 members following the newly elected members, Mel Davenport, Archie Jeffrey, Flora McKee and Florence MacNicol. The maximum membership is 8.
Raigmore Community Council now has 4 members following the newly elected members, Marice Rozalia Gneba, William Munro Ross, Margaret Shand and Deborah Tracey. The maximum membership is 8. Maria Aitken has been elected onto Sinclair Bay Community Council taking the current membership to 4.
The maximum membership is 8. Wick Community Council now has 8 Members following the newly elected members, Allan Farquhar and Niall Smith. The maximum membership is 13.
An election will be held on 6 March 2014 for Sunart Community Council, as the number of candidates were more than the number of councillors to be returned. The candidates are Denise Anderson, Sally Cameron, Brian Evans, James Hilder, Michael Laybourne and John MacDonald. There are 5 vacancies
Caol Community Council failed to form.
Housing Regulator publishes research on rent arrears six months into Welfare Reform. The Scottish Housing Regulator today published the findings of the second phase of its research on the early impact of Welfare Reform on social landlords.
The Highland Licensing Committee has extended until Friday 21 March the period of consultation for proposed amendments and additions to activities requiring a public entertainment licence. The original deadline was Friday 7 February but the Licensing Committee, meeting on Tuesday 4 February, agreed this should be extended following a number of representations received from outdoor activity providers and to allow time to obtain further information on the extent to which such activities are already regulated by other authorities/bodies.
The demographics of Skye, Ross and Cromarty were under the spotlight today (Wednesday 5 February) as Members of the Area Committee took the opportunity to look in some detail at the results from the 2011 census.
The population of the Skye, Ross & Cromarty area has grown by 8.6% compared to the Highland average of 11.1%, with an increase in all six Council Wards, and at a local level in 65 out of 85 data zones.
In an attempt to find out what businesses are doing with their waste, The Highland Council has written to 1,400 non domestic rated premises in Caithness, Sutherland and Skye and Lochalsh that currently do not use the Council s commercial waste collection service. The letters will be going out over the coming week to a wide range of premises, including hairdressers, workshops, offices, shops, guesthouses and self-catering holiday homes, all of which will be producing waste and by law should be paying for a waste collection.
After flowers or chocolates, the next big question that s usually on the agenda for Valentine s Day is whether to go out to that romantic restaurant or enjoy a quiet meal in. However you rate a meal out, this Valentine s Day, make sure you choose one of the 85% of eateries in The Highland Council area with a PASS.
The Highland Council has advised businesses, residents, cyclists and motorists that to get back on track with the schedule to deliver the River Ness Flood Alleviation and Streetscape Scheme it intends to extend the period of closure of Bank Street to traffic between Fraser Street and Friars Lane – until May.
The Council had planned to reopen Bank Street to through traffic between Ness Bridge and Academy Street on Monday 10 February to coincide with work starting on the second phase of the Kessock Bridge Resurfacing Project.
The Chairman of The Highland Council s Planning Environment and Development Committee has clarified the Council s clampdown on roadside signage, stressing that the main targets for action are unauthorised adverts which are long-standing, those which have a substantial adverse impact on amenity and those that give rise to road safety concerns. Councillor Thomas Prag stressed that short-lived signage promoting community events, which did not impact on road safety, were not the focus of the Service s enforcement action.
Residents in the Highlands are being encouraged to bolster the ranks of their local Community Council as Interim elections take place to fill vacant positions serving eight areas of Nairn, Lochaber, Inverness and Caithness. The Highland Council, who administers the interim elections, are inviting nominations from people looking to fill vacancies on the following Community Councils.
The Highland Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) has recently been successful in securing further funding to support fishing communities in Highland under Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund.
Funding of 198,642 is available to help communities where fishing requires supporting measures to build skills and knowledge and increase the capacity of local fishing communities and business networks through innovation, collaboration and diversification.
- ^ Rent Arrears Rise May Be Due To Bedroom Tax (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ Council extends consultation period on amendments to public entertainment licensing (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ Population on the up in Skye, Ross and Cromarty (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ Council asks Commercial premises to clarify how they are disposing of their waste (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ How will you rate your meal out this Valentine s Day? (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ River Ness Flood Scheme latest (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ Planning Chairman clarifies Council clamp down on roadside signage (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ Candidates to represent their community sought (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ Funding available for Highland Fishing Communities (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
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