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Highland (council area)
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The Highland council area (Roinn na Gàidhealtachd1 in Gaelic) is a local government area in the Scottish Highlands and the largest local government area in Scotland. It shares borders with the council areas of Moray, Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross, and Argyll and Bute. Their councils, and those of Angus and Stirling, also have areas of the Scottish Highlands within their administrative boundaries. The Highland area covers most of the mainland and inner-Hebridean parts of the former counties of Inverness-shire and Ross and Cromarty, all of Sutherland, Caithness and Nairnshire, and small parts of Argyll and Moray.
The area was created as a two-tier region in 1975, with an elected council for the whole region and, in addition, elected councils for each of eight disricts, Badenoch and Strathspey, Caithness, Inverness, Lochaber, Nairn, Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh and Sutherland. In 1996 the District Councils were wound up and their functions were transferred to the new Highland Council. This council maintains area committees named after the old districts.
The Council Area headquarters is located in Inverness with the previous District Council offices retained as outstations.
PoliticsMain article Politics of the Highland council area''
CouncillorsThe council represents 80 wards. Each ward elects one councillor by the first past the post system of election. There are plans, however, to abolish existing wards and to create new larger wards for the next round of elections, with each ward electing three or four councillors by the single transferable vote system. The total number of councillors will remain the same.
The next round of elections is scheduled to be held in 2007.
There is one vacancy at present and a by-election has been scheduled for August 10.
Members of the Scottish ParliamentFor elections to the Scottish Parliament the Highland area is within the Highlands and Islands electoral area, which elects eight first past the post constituency Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and seven additional member MSPs. Three of the region's constituencies, each electing one MSP, are within the Highland area: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber and Ross, Skye and Inverness West.
Members of ParliamentIn the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom the Highland area is represented by Members of Parliament (MPs) elected from three constituencies: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey; and Ross, Skye and Lochaber. Each constituency elects one MP by the first past the post system of election.
Towns and villages in the Highland Council Area
Places of interest in the Highland Council Area
See Scottish Highlands for more information.
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