Best wishes for Christmas and New Year
Alex Graham would like to wish local residents, Council colleagues, and Council staff a very happy Christmas, and every success in the New Year. Also a sincere thank-you for all the help and support I received in 2015.
Council holiday arrangements Dec 2015/Jan 2016
Council administrative offices will be closed:
- From 4 pm on Thursday 24 December until 9 am Tuesday 29 December and
- From 4pm on Thursday 31 December until 9 am on Tuesday 5 January
Service Centre (01349 886606) will be open Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 December 8 am – 5pm.
Service Points are open as usual.
Inverness Service Point at 23 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1DY is open from 9.30am to 5pm. Others – please check the Council website.
Children’s Family Teams, Mental Health Officer and Criminal Justice Services will operate from 9 am until 5 pm on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December, and from 9 am until 4 pm on Thursday 31 December.
Inverness Registration Office (01463 256400) will be open for essential registration, from 9 am to 4.30 pm, Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December. Other Registration Offices throughout Highland will also be open and available by appointment.
Out of hours telephone numbers:
- Health and Social Care – 0845 601 4813
- Roads, flooding ,street lighting – 01349 886690
- Housing – 01349 886691
- Registration – 07818 588 203
Emergency contacts for Trunk Road Maintenance:
- For all trunk roads contact BEAR Scotland – 0800 587 1107
- Gas Freephone – 0800 111 999
- NHS 24 – call free on 111 if you are ill and it can’t wait until your regular NHS service reopens
- Police Scotland – 101 for all services
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – 01463 240999 (24 hours)
- Scottish and Southern Electric Freephone – 0800 300 999
- Scottish Water – 0845 601 8855 (24 hours)
- SEPA Floodline – 0845 988 1188
- SEPA Pollution hotline – 0800 807060 (24 hours)
School Diary Dates for 2015-16
Autumn term starts – 18 August 2015
Autumn term ends – 9 October 2015
Winter term starts – 26 October 2015
Winter term ends – 22 December 2015
Spring term starts – 7 January 2016
Mid term break – 15 and 16 February 2016
Spring term ends – 24 March 2016
Summer term begins – 11 April 2016
Summer term ends – 1 July 2016
Good Friday – 25 March 2016
Easter Monday – 28 March 2016
May Day – 2 May 2016
The first day back after summer – Monday 17 August 2015
Thursday 24 September and Friday 25 September 2015
One day following the February mid-term break – Wednesday 17 February 2016
Monday 6 June 2016
Schools information line
This service gives callers access to the latest pre-recorded message(s) from the Headteacher.The telephone number is 0870 054 6999, followed by the school’s PIN Number when prompted.
04 1720 Charleston Academy
04 2400 Kinmylies Primary
04 2670 Muirtown Primary
04 1090 Inverness High School
04 1710 Central Primary
04 1830 Dalneigh Primary
Council Roads and Street Lighting Helpline
The Highland Council has a roads and street lighting helpline -01349 886601. Staff at the Council’s Service Centre will be on hand to respond to calls between 8 am – 6 pm – Monday – Friday and 9 am – noon on a Saturday.The helpline, which also deals with enquiries about street lighting, is a bid to make it easier for the public to contact the Council and relieve pressure on area offices, where staff are directly involved in dealing with flooding, gritting and snow clearing.
Alex Graham appointed Provost of Inverness
On 13th August 2012 Alex Graham was appointed as Provost of Inverness by the Inverness City Committee. The Provostship is an historic office dating back to at least 1556. The Provost is the Civic Head of the City of Inverness, being the formal representative of the City at ceremonial, civic and other significant occasions. This is in addition to the Provosts own role as a member of the Highland Council.
Speaking after his election Alex said: “It is an enormous honour and privilege, and I will endeavour to fulfil the duties of the office to the utmost of my abilities. As well as traditions to nurture and develop, we also need to look forward to promoting our City and continuing our strong sense of community in Inverness. I want to work with everyone, on all sides of the City Committee, to make Inverness a better place to live.”
Alex Graham holds surgeries in the ward to enable members of the public to discuss any Council matters or local issues with him. These are advertised locally and in the Inverness Courier. No appointment is needed – just come along at the times stated.
Thank you for a great election result!
Sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Highland Council election on 3rd May 2012. I am delighted to be back for another term as a councillor for Inverness West.
Many congratulations to newly elected colleagues Cllr Allan Duffy and Cllr Graham Ross and I look forward to working with them for the benefit of Inverness West.
Alex Graham (Liberal Democrat Focus Team) 610 Elected
Graham Ross (Independent) 580 Elected
Allan Duffy (SNP) 458 Elected
Robert Ford (Labour) 343
Pauline Munro (SNP) 281
Mary Fraser (Conservative) 94
Alan Pettit (Scottish Christian Party) 56
George MacDonald (Scottish Anti-Cuts Coalition) 50
Quota 619 votes
About Councillor Alex Graham
Alex Graham is a Liberal Democrat Focus Team councillor for Inverness West. As well as being a ward councillor, he was chosen to be Provost of the City of Inverness in August 2012 and served in that role until June 2015 when there was a change in the political control of the Council.
Alex has a strong track record in local government. Regarded as a gritty local representative he is one of the most experienced councillors in the north with over 24 years’ service in total. In his first period in local government he served from 1980 to 1996 as Inverness District councillor for the Kinmylies ward, standing down due to family and work commitments when Scottish local government was re-organised in 1996.
After a break, Alex was elected to the Highland Council in May 2007. He was re-elected in May 2012 at the top of the poll with 610 first preference votes (24.6%).
Alex was born and raised in the Isle of Lewis and is a Chartered Accountant. As well as being a councillor, he works at the language development agency Bòrd na Gàidhlig. He has lived in Inverness for over 30 years, always on the west side of the River Ness.
You can read more about Alex on his profile page.
Where is Inverness West ward?
The Inverness West ward is one of 22 wards within the Highland Council area. It is small in area, covering just 5.5 square miles (14 sq km), and lies on the western side of the City of Inverness. It comprises the residential areas of Scorguie, Kinmylies, Muirtown, Clachnaharry village, the Bught/Springfield/Ballifeary area, and rural areas in Dunain and on the Leachkin.
Inverness West is a 3 member ward, served by Alex Graham and two other councillors Allan Duffy (SNP) and Graham Ross (Independent).
Allan Duffy (SNP) was elected in May 2012. Further information about Allan can be found at his Highland Council page: Cllr Allan Duffy.
Graham Ross (Independent) was elected in May 2012. Further information about Graham can be found at his Highland Council page: Cllr Graham Ross.
Alex, Allan and Graham work closely together on behalf of the ward, and hold regular ward business meetings.
Alex Graham – Contact Details:
9 Rangemore Road,
Tel: (01463) 241148
Mobile: 07774 337710