Highland Council contact arrangements
Service Centre on 01349 886606.
Inverness Service Point at Town House, Castle Street, Inverness is open from Monday to Friday 1.30pm – 4.30pm [THESE ARE REDUCED HOURS DUE TO COVID-19]
Out of hours telephone numbers:
- Health and social care – 08457 697284
- Roads, parks, flooding and street lighting – 01349 886690
- Housing, homelessness, and public buildings – 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 – 01382 835804 (24 hours)
- Scottish and Southern Electric Freephone – 0800 300 999
- Scottish Water – 0800 0778 778 (24 hours)
- SEPA Floodline – 0345 988 1188
- SEPA Pollution hotline – 0800 807060 (24 hours)
Call 0300 303 1362 for support including emergency food for those in crisis including those who must self-isolate and have no other way of getting food supplies.
Contact the Council anytime online to report a problem, ask for something or make a payment:
Recycling Centres and Bin Collections
For info on recycling centres visit www.highland.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
For 2022 bin calendars visit www.highland.gov.uk/bincalendars
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. I look forward to continuing to work with Cllr Bill Boyd and Cllr Colin Aitken on behalf of the ward in 2022.
School Diary Dates for 2022
- February break – 21 and 22 February
- In service day – 23 February
- Easter holidays – 4 April to 18 April
- May Day – 2 May
- In-service day – 5 May
- The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 3 June
- Summer holidays – 1 July to 12 August
- In-service day – 15 August
- In-service day – 12 September and 13 September
- October holidays – 10 October to 21 October
- Christmas and New Year break – 23 December to 6 January
Schools information line
This service gives callers access to the latest pre-recorded message(s) from the Headteacher.The telephone number is 0800 564 2272, 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
Thank you for a tremendous by-election result!
Sincere thanks to everyone who voted for Colin Aitken in the Highland Council by-election on 12th August 2021. This follows the retirement of Graham Ross who served as a councillor for 9 years from 2012 to 2021 (and for many years before that as community education worker in Charleston Academy Community Complex.)
Many congratulations to Colin, elected for a second term, and I look forward to working with him and Bill Boyd for the benefit of Inverness West.
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.
[SURGERIES CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19]
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 Focus. No appointment is needed – once they re-start just come along at the times stated.
Thank you for a great election result – May 2017!
Sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Highland Council election on 4th May 2017. I am delighted to be back for a third term as a councillor for Inverness West.
Many congratulations to Cllr Graham Ross, elected for a second term, and to newly elected colleague Cllr Bill Boyd. I look forward to working with them both for the benefit of Inverness West.
Alex Graham (Liberal Democrat Focus Team) 964 Elected
Bill Boyd (SNP) 722 Elected
Graham Ross (Independent) 719 Elected
Fergus Mackenzie (Conservative) 416
Cath MacInnes (SNP) 300
Addie Eghtedar (Labour) 94
Allan Duffy (Independent) 130
Quota 812 votes
Alex Graham serves as Provost of Inverness
In August 2012 Alex Graham was appointed as Provost of Inverness by the Inverness City Committee. He served as Provost until June 2015, when there was a change in the political control of Highland Council.
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 Provost’s 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.”
About Councillor Alex Graham
Alex Graham is a Liberal Democrat Focus Team councillor for Inverness West with a strong track record in local government. Regarded as a keen ward representative he is one of the most experienced councillors in the north with over 29 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%) and again in May 2017 when he led the count with 964 first preference votes (27.7%).
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 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 21 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 a rural area on the Leachkin. In 2017 the ward was extended to include part of Dalneigh and an area of the city centre around Kenneth Street.
Inverness West is a 3 member ward, served by Alex Graham and two other councillors Bill Boyd (SNP) and Graham Ross (Independent).
Bill Boyd (SNP) was elected in May 2017. Further information about Bill can be found at his Highland Council page: Cllr Bill Boyd.
Graham Ross (Independent) was elected in May 2012 and re-elected in May 2017. Further information about Graham can be found at his Highland Council page: Cllr Graham Ross.
Alex, Bill and Graham work closely together on behalf of the ward, and hold regular ward business meetings.
Alex Graham – Contact Details:
26 Duncraig Street,
Tel: (01463) 241148
Mobile: 07774 337710
Both numbers have an answering service.