Highland Council wards 1995 to 1999

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Highland council area
Shown as one of the council areas of Scotland
1995 to 1999
1999 to 2007

The first set of Highland Council wards was first used for Highland Council election purposes in 1995, for the first general election of the council. They were replaced with 80 new wards for the second general election in 1999.

The Highland Council (Comhairle na Gaidhealtachd in Gaelic) had become a local government authority in 1996, when the two-tier system of regions and districts was abolished and the Highland region became a unitary council area, under the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994. The first Highland Council election, however, was one year earlier, in 1995. Until 1996 councillors shadowed the regional and district councils and planned for the transfer of powers and responsibilities. Elections to the council are normally on a four-year cycle, all wards being contestable at each election.

For the periods 1995 to 1999 each ward elected one councillor by the first past the post system. The first past the post system continued in use when new wards were introduced in 1999, but the increased number of wards meant an increase in the number of councillors.

The wards used from 1995 to 1999 were subdivisions of eight council management areas, with councillors elected from each area forming an area committee. The wards created in 1999, however, were not exactly subdivisions of the management areas, management area boundaries were not adjusted to take account of new ward boundaries and, therefore, area committees ceased to be exactly representative of areas for which they were named and for which they took decisions.

Lists of wards, 1995 to 1999[edit]

Wards are listed by management area, and are numbered as well as named.

Badenoch and Strathspey wards[edit]

The Badenoch and Strathspey management area consisted of five wards:

No Ward Name term references
61 Aviemore Aviemore
62 Carrbridge and Nethybridge Carrbridge and Nethybridge
63 Dulnain Bridge Dulnain Bridge
64 Grantown Grantown-on-Spey
60 Kingussie and Kincraig Kingussie and Kincraig

Caithness wards[edit]

The Caithness management area consisted of eight wards:

No Ward Name term references
7 Central Caithness Caithness
5 North East Caithness
4 Pulteney Pulteney area of Wick
6 South East Caithness Caithness
2 Thurso East Thurso
1 Thurso West
8 West Caithness Caithness
9 Wick Wick

Inverness wards[edit]

The Inverness management area included Loch Ness, Strathglass and the town of Inverness.

The management area consisted of 20 wards:

No Ward Name term references
46 Alt Na Sgitheach Alt Na Sgitheach
53 Ardersier Ardersier
39 Beauly Beauly
49 Canal A section of the Caledonian Canal, running between Loch Ness and the Moray Firth and thus through the town of Inverness
44 Columba Columba
52 Culloden Culloden
45 Drommond Drommond
38 Drumnadrochit Drumnadrochit
36 East Loch Ness Loch Ness
37 Fort Augustus Fort Augustus
47 Hilton Hilton
51 Inshes Inshes
40 Kirkhill Kirkhill
42 Merkinch Merkinch
43 Muirtown Muirtown
48 Old Edinburgh Old Edinburgh
50 Raigmore Raigmore
41 Scorguie Scorguie
35 Milton Milton
35 Strathnairn and Strathdearn Strathnairn and Strathdearn

Lochaber wards[edit]

The Lochaber management area consisted of eight wards:

No Ward Name term references
66 Ardnamurchan and Morvern Ardnamurchan and Morvern
68 Caol Caol
70 Claggan and Glen Spean Claggan and Glen Spean
71 Fort William South Fort William
72 Glencoe and Nether Lochaber Glencoe and Nether Lochaber
67 Kilmallie and Invergarry Kilmallie and Invergarry
65 Mallaig and the Small Isles Mallaig and the Small Isles
69 North Fort William and Inverlochy Fort William and Inverlochy

Nairn wards[edit]

The Nairn management area included the town of Nairn but was mostly rural.
It consisted of five wards:

No Ward Name term references
56 Auldearn Auldearn
57 Cawdor Cawdor
54 East Nairn Nairn
58 North Nairn
58 West Nairn

Ross and Cromarty wards[edit]

The Ross and Cromarty management area consisted of 13 wards:

No Ward Name term references
27 Alness and Ardross Alness and Ardross
25 Black Isle East Black Isle
26 Black Isle West
29 Dingwall Dingwall
23 Fearn Hill of Fearn
33 Gairloch and Garve Gairloch and Garve
24 Invergordon Invergordon
22 Tain Tain
28 Ferindonald Ferindonald
32 Lochbroom Lochbroom
34 Lochcarron Lochcarron
31 Maryburgh Maryburgh
30 Ord and Connon Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge and the River Conon

Skye and Lochalsh wards[edit]

The Skye and Lochalsh management area included the islands of Skye, Raasay and Scalpay, the village of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland, and a rural area to the east of Kyle of Lochalsh. It consisted of six wards:

No Ward Name term references
18 Broadford Broadford, Isle of Skye
21 Dunvegan Dunvegan
17 Kyle and Sleat Kyle and Sleat
16 Lochalsh Lochalsh
19 Portree Portree
20 Staffin Staffin

Sutherland wards[edit]

The Sutherland management area consisted of seven wards:

No Ward Name term references
10 Ardgay and Bonar Bridge Ardgay and Bonar Bridge
15 Brora and Kildonan Brora and Kildonan
11 Central Sutherland Sutherland
9 Dornoch Dornoch
14 Golspie Golspie
12 North West Sutherland Sutherland
13 Tongue and Farr Tongue and Farr

Notes and references[edit]