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COMMUNITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
This is your chance to become a Community Councillor for your local area here in LOCHALSH.
Community Councils bridge the gap between communities and public agencies like the Highland Council. They act as a voice for the local community on lots of issues from new buildings and roads to local services and facilities. It’s important that a range of people are part of Community Councils so that different opinions and ideas are heard. Anyone aged 16 and over can take part so nominate yourself now!
Nominations are open from Monday 23 September to 29th October 2019. If there are more nominations than places on the Community Council then there will be an election ballot in that local area. Nomination papers will be available on this site (see below) or The Highland Council website or from our Ward Manager to whom the forms should be returned by 12 noon,
8th 29th October by post or scanned copy by email
Ward Manager - Robbie Bain
Chief Executive's Service, The Highland Council, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9QN (01349) 868 626
The Highland Council Service Point on Main Street in KYLE will also print off nomination forms if you cannot get them online.
Proposed Mobile phone mast - Balmacara
We will be discussing possible support for this scheme at our next meeting
Letter from WHP Telecoms Limited
Re: Scottish 4G Infill Programme (S4GI)
Area: S4GI031 Balmacara Estate
The Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust ('SFT') have been working in partnership to develop the Scottish 4G Infill Programme ('4G Infill' or 'Infill') for Scotland. As part of the Digital Strategy for Scotland the program seeks to develop an initial approach which can facilitate the deployment of 4G LTE infill coverage where this does not yet exist, and where it is unlikely that industry will invest in the near to medium-term future, given the economic challenges of doing so. These areas are often referred to as ‘Not Spots’.
Funding has been committed by the Scottish Government for all regions and additional funding has been secured from European Regional Development Fund (' ERDF') to support activity in the Highlands and Islands region.
WHP Telecoms was awarded the contract by the Scottish Government to acquire, build and operate the passive infrastructure such as the base, mast, power supply and transmission link required to attract mobile operators to deploy sites in Not Spots where otherwise it would not be financially viable to do so.
The area in and around Balmacara has been identified as a Not Spot.
At this stage we must stress that we are exploring solutions however, these will be dependent on technical constraints, availability of power, availability of suitable land, other cost constraints and attracting a mobile operator. There is no guarantee that all of the constraints can be overcome.
We are currently undertaking searches to identify suitable sites and we are keen to engage with you/your organisation at this early stage of the process in order to gain your support and assist us in the process should the need arise.