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17/12/2014
Serco NorthLink Ferries to Start New Year with New Offers
Serco NorthLink Ferries has announced two new special offers to launch early in 2015.   From January 2, the ‘Kids Go Free' promotion will see children travel for free on direct Lerwick to Aberdeen and Aberdeen to Lerwick routes.  
16/12/2014
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd. -Sale 16 december 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 16th) sold 80 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (30) averaged 213p (-8.6p) and sold to 230p per kg and £1,565.60 gross.  
15/12/2014
Out with the old, in with the new ....but Remember to Recycle!
‘Out with the old, in with the new' is an expression frequently heard over the Festive Season and this year The Highland Council's Waste Awareness Team are urging us all to make sure we don't just throw away the old but remember to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible.   Remember to use your blue bin for all paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, food tins and drink cans (no glass or plastic bags - everything should be loose, dry and clean).  
15/12/2014
New changes to agricultural and forestry tracks permitted development rights
Today (Monday 15 December 2014) marks the introduction of revised planning permitted development rights for agricultural and forestry tracks.  All proposed new, or alterations to existing, roads, tracks or footpaths (known collectively as ‘private ways') on agricultural or forestry land must now go through a prior notification process with the Planning Authority before any development can commence.  
14/12/2014
Free Meeting Room For Community Groups At Tesco WickThumbnail for article : Free Meeting Room For Community Groups At Tesco Wick
Tesco in Wick are now offering a meeting room free of charge for one off or regular weekly meetings.   Part of their relaunch involves offering facilities to the community.  
12/12/2014
Thurso recycling point at Lidl closed
People in Thurso are being advised by The Highland Council that the recycling banks at Thurso Lidl have been removed until February 2015 due to lack of space in the car park during the store's renovations.   At this time of year householders have a lot of extra recycling, including glass in particular, and the Council is urging them to use other banks in the town.  
12/12/2014
Scottish Beef Scheme Deadline
Farmers encouraged to submit payment applications immediately.   Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead is reminding farmers that the 2014 Scottish Beef Scheme (SBS) closes for applications on 31 December 2014.  
12/12/2014
£2.3m boost for new creative industries strategy
Four contractors have been appointed to deliver the Highlands and Islands Creative Industries Network Programme over the next three years.   The appointments follow the launch last night (11 December 2014) of a new five-year Creative Industries Strategy by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) at Eden Court in Inverness.  
12/12/2014
Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill published
Traffickers to face life imprisonment under new proposals.   The Scottish Government has today introduced a Bill which will introduce a specific law to combat human trafficking and exploitation for the very first time in Scotland.  
11/12/2014
Highland Council Distance Learning Course to Become a Primary School Teacher
Part-time distance learning primary teaching course.   Building on an existing successful partnership between The Highland Council and the University of Aberdeen, the next Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (DLITE PGDE) (Primary) begins on 7 February 2015.  
10/12/2014
Caithness House chosen as name for new Wick OfficesThumbnail for article : Caithness House chosen as name for new Wick Offices
With staff due to move into the new council offices in Wick in March next year, one of the items on the Area Committee today was to agree a name for the building which will house 140 members of staff.   Local Councillors, keen to have a new name to encompass both the refurbished original listed building at Market Place and to reflect the new works to incorporate the adjoining building at Stafford Place put forward the suggestion of Caithness House which was unanimously agreed by the Committee.  
10/12/2014
WANTED - Accredited Testing Company - Concrete Cube Testing Work
Accredited testing company required to carry out concrete cube density & compressive strength (BS EN 12390 -1,2,3,7).   Cube testing will be required from February 2015 to December 2016 approximately.  
10/12/2014
North Councillors give support to Countryside Ranger Service
The work of Highland Council's Countryside Rangers was welcomed at the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee as Members gave their support for the wide range of work done by the Rangers and also gave their approval for the 2015/16 programme of events across the area.   Highland Council's Countryside Manager George Duff informed members of the achievements made by the Rangers in the last financial year for 2013/14 and highlighted some local events they had been involved in: · In Caithness and Sutherland 162 events took place which were attended by 1865 people with 98% of participants saying it met their expectations and 59% saying it exceeded expectations.  
10/12/2014
MeyGen Public Open Days, 16th - 17th December 2014Thumbnail for article : MeyGen Public Open Days, 16th - 17th December 2014
It is MeyGen's intention to start onshore construction at Ness of Quoys near to the village of Mey early next year and they are planning on holding two open days next week in order to assist with any questions about the works and the project in general.   Members of the MeyGen team will be on hand between 11am - 9pm on Tuesday 16th December at Mey Hall and 11am - 9pm on Wednesday 17th December at Caithness Horizons.  
10/12/2014
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 10th December 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 10th) sold 162 weaned calves and store cattle, 26 adult head of breeding cattle and 104 OTM cattle.  Bullocks (85) averaged 236.6p per kilo and sold to 304.5p per kilo for 220kg Charolais crosses from Corriebheinn Farm, Portree, and £1,180 gross for 568kg Shorthorn crosses from Badden, Kiltarlity.  
9/12/2014
No bags in Blue Bins To Improve RecyclingThumbnail for article : No bags in Blue Bins To Improve Recycling
No bags in Blue Bins recycling message.   Clean, dry and loose, that's the simple message that The Highland Council is delivering to householders where it has been experiencing contamination issues with the blue recycling bins.  
9/12/2014
NDA Launches Consultation On New 3 Year plan
Consultation began on 8th December 2014 on the Draft Business Plan 2015 to 2018 that sets out the key objectives and plans for delivering the NDA priorities over the next three years.   The total planned expenditure for 2015/16 is £3.31 billion, of which £2.09 billion will be funded by UK government and £1.22 billion by income from commercial operations.  
9/12/2014
Nuclear Archive Plans Move Forward
Public consultation continues on NDA's plan for a nuclear archive at Wick in Scotland.  It will house over 70 years' worth of historic information from across UK's civil nuclear industry.  
8/12/2014
Dounreay and Nuvia Ltd collaborate on new beach monitoring vehiclesThumbnail for article : Dounreay and Nuvia Ltd collaborate on new beach monitoring vehicles
Dounreay's beach monitoring fleet has a new look with the addition of new vehicles - the Metrac H5 all-terrain vehicle (ATV).  The H5s are fitted with the same GroundhogTM Evolution monitoring equipment as the current ATVs, so this is a change of looks but not a change of function.  
7/12/2014
Reactor control room moves to a new homeThumbnail for article : Reactor control room moves to a new home
Last week saw the last of the Dounreay Materials Testing Reactor (DMTR) control room panels shipped off site and transferred to their new home in local five-star visitor attraction Caithness Horizons.   The control room panels and control desk have been donated to Caithness Horizons and reconstructed at the museum to form the basis of a new permanent exhibition representing Dounreay's significant part in Scotland's industrial heritage.