Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Monday, 12 December 2011
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16 of the 19 Community Councils in the Highlands that had gone into abeyance last month will be able to continue following a second round of elections.
When the deadline for nomination closed at 4 pm on Friday 9 December, 12 Community Councils received sufficient nominations to form a Community Council ie they attracted half or more than their maximum entitlement (7-13). They are:-
Ross: Gairloch, Fearn.
Skye: Glendale, Broadford and Strath, Skeabost and District.
Inverness: Merkinch, Inverness South.
Nairn: East Nairnshire,
Lochaber: Nether Lochaber, Glencoe and Glen Etive.
There may be elections in Dunvegan, Lairg, Raasay and Sleat, where more nominations than the maximum membership were received. These would take place via a postal ballot early in the new year. Candidates have until 4 pm on Tuesday to withdraw their nomination, so the picture can change.
The three community councils which remain in abeyance are Caol, Inverness Central and Laggan (where they operate a community association instead and were never going to form a CC).
Monday, 5 December 2011
The first new council houses to be built in Nairn for 16 years will soon be allocated to tenants.
8 2-bed bungalows for older people at Corsee, Nairn, have been completed and have been handed over to the Council by contractor UBC Group Ltd.
Tenants have been identified for the properties and hopefully will move in before Christmas.
The cost of the project is £770,000.
Councillor Margaret Davidson, Chairman of the Council's Housing and Social Work Committee, said: "After an absence of 16 years, it is great to back providing council houses in Nairn. The new homes at Corsee will provide eagerly-awaited accommodation for older people.
"The Nairn homes are part of a wider Council house building programme, currently featuring 202 houses throughout the Highlands. Our longer term target is to build 750 council houses by 2015."
THC web site here
Friday, 2 December 2011
Claims that the West Midlands is 'sex on a stick' for potential sites for a series of 'villages of the future' feature in today's newspaper round-up.
The expert who advised the Labour government on its eco-towns policy has called for a new town development delivery vehicle which would use pension fund cash to buy land for proposed new large-scale developments.
Friday, 25 November 2011
"ROADS in Scotland are the worst prepared in the UK to survive the looming winter weather. The AA says communities in Scotland average 20.1 potholes each – against a UK-wide rate of 14.9."
Well that is one way of making sure we all travel by train
Interesting, 'Think Piece' from Atkins here on land use planning decisions and reducing the need for travel.
Interesting blog post on Environmental Transport Association site here
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Friday, 18 November 2011
From THC web page here
At today’s meeting of The Highland Council’s TEC Services Committee, Members had an early opportunity to discuss the Scottish Government consultation on rail services that was announced two days ago.
Although a full response to the 80 page consultation will be considered by the TECS Committee in January, the chairman, Councillor John Laing, welcomed the opportunity today to raise this important issue for the Highlands with members.
He said: “As a section of the consultation directly relates to the current Caledonian Sleeper service which operates to Inverness and Fort William I felt it was important that we give a clear message to Highland communities that we are on the case. Between now and the closing date we will have an in-depth look at all the current Highland rail services and take the time to prepare a very full and well thought out measured response which will aim to protect and enhance the rail services in the Highlands.”
The detailed response to the consultation will be presented to Members on the TECs Committee on 19 January and then forwarded to the Scottish Government before the closing date of the 20 February.
From Transport Scotland web page here
Rail 2014 - Public Consultation
From THC web page here
An exhibition on the findings of the works carried out by The Highland Council and partners following the recent flooding incidents on the east side of Inverness will be on display in advance of a public meeting to be held on Thursday 24 November 2011 at Culloden Academy, Inverness.
The exhibition and displays will be open from 6:30pm and the public meeting starts at 7:30pm.
Representatives from the Council’s TEC Services, and Planning and Development Service; Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA); Northern Constabulary; Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service; Forestry Commission (Scotland), Scottish Flood Forum, and Scottish Water will be in attendance at the meeting on the 24 November.
An update will be given on the work being carried out by the Council’s flood team and JBA consultants who have been appointed by the Highland Council to undertake a detailed study of the underlying causes of the flooding.
Neil Gillies, Director of TEC Services, will also give an update on the measures which are being considered to reduce the risk of future flooding.
Further information on planning matters, including progress with new Council advice on how better to assess and mitigate the link between new building and flooding, will be provided by Stuart Black, Director of Planning and Development.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Stuart Black, Director of Planning and Development at Highland Council will deliver the first UHI public lecture
Stuart Black, Director of Planning and Development at Highland Council will deliver the first UHI public lecture under the “Our Business” category and will focus on the various planning issues in the highlands.
Stuart is a long term supporter of the University of the Highlands and Islands and the UHI Management School and has recently served on its external stakeholder group helping take forward and shape the plans for the school as it establishes itself as part of the Scotland's newest University.
To book a place at this FREE lecture or to enquire about video-conference links in your area, please contact our events team on tel: 01463 279344 or by email email@example.com
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Hundreds of people gathered outside the presidential palace in Rome to witness the end of Mr Berlusconi's 17-year domination of Italian politics.
The 75-year-old and his family have built a fortune estimated at $9bn (£5.6bn) by US business magazine Forbes.
His business acumen - with an empire spanning media, advertising, insurance, food and construction - was sufficient evidence for many Italians of his ability to run their country too.
But since he took power again in 2008 the economy has come under increasing strain, dogged by slow growth and a national debt of 1.9tn euros (£1.7tn; $2.6tn).
How could one person dominate for so long a country on its knees on the verge of dragging others down with it? Why do systems allow this? Why do we as voters allow this? The exposure of our banks to Italian debt is some 60 billion - or so I understand?
Is there a moral here?