The people elected to represent you in your local council are called local councillors. The area covered by Highland Council is divided into areas called wards. There are 22 Wards in Highland Council and those wards are represented by around three to four local councillors (80 Councillors in total).
Please click on the links below for detailed maps of the 22 Council Wards: -
Date of next election
The next Scottish Local Government elections will take place on 4 May 2017.
Ward 4 - Landward Caithness By-Election (Thursday, 28 November 2013)
Matthew Reiss, Independent has been elected to serve Ward 4. Detailed results here
Ward 10 - Black Isle By-Election (Thursday, 19 December 2013)
Eight candidates will contest the forthcoming by-election to elect one councillor to serve The Highland Council’s Ward 10 – Black Isle.
The candidates are:
- Jennifer Barclay, Independent
- Myra Carus, Scottish Green Party
- Shaun Finlayson, Scottish Labour Party
- Bill Fraser, Independent
- Jackie Hendry, Scottish National Party (SNP)
- Douglas MacLean, Scottish Conservative and Unionist
- George Normington, Scottish Liberal Democrats
- Gwyn Phillips, Independent
A copy of the Notice of Poll is available and the Notice of appointed Agents
Candidates and Agents were invited to attend a briefing session on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at 5.00 pm in the Council Chamber, The Highland Council Offices, Dingwall. This session provided further information about the poll, the count and an opportunity to clarify any issues that candidates and agents may have had.
Polling will take place between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm on Thursday 19 December 2013. The list for the current situation of polling places in this ward is available here
The count will take place on Friday 20 December 2013 at the Black Isle Leisure Centre, Deans Road, Fortrose.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you require any further information, please contact the Depute Returning Officer, Diane Agnew, on 01349 868477 or the Council’s Elections Office, on 01463 702945.
Councillors in your area
Find out who your Councillors are here
Ward 4 - Landward Caithness By-Election
The Highland Council Election was held on Thursday 2 May 2013 and Mrs Gillian Coghill has been elected to serve as a Councillor for Ward 4 (Landward Caithness).
There was a 28.85% turnout at the by-election, with 2462 valid votes counted.
The Highland Council Elections - 3 May 2012
The Highland Council Election was held on Thursday 3 May 2012 and 80 councillors were elected to serve on Council's 22 multi-member wards. The turnout across Highland was 41.6%.
The detailed Reports from the electronic counting system can be found using the links below.
Preference Profile Information: The Scottish Local Government Elections (Amendment) Order Number 2 2012
The purpose of the Order is to allow political parties and candidates to determine how successful their campaigning has been in an election where STV has been used and to plan future strategy they make use of information about the patterns of preferences marked on the ballot papers by the voters. For example, where a party nominated two candidates, say “A” and “B”, in a multi-member ward, and had run complementary campaigns “Vote A 1, B 2”, “Vote B 1, A 2” in different parts of the ward, it would want see how many voters had in fact marked their ballot papers “A1, B2” and “B1, A2”.
The Scottish Local Government Elections Amendment Order Number 2 will come into force on 7 January 2012. This requires the publication by Returning Officers of information about the patterns of preferences marked on the ballot papers in Local Government elections.
The preferences reports for each of the 22 Highland Wards and advice on reading and interpolating the data can be found using the links below.
Guidance on How to Understand the Voting Information from the 2012 Council Elections (187kb pdf)