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Multi-million Pound Contract Awarded For A96 Dualling
July start for £50m design work.   Transport Scotland today announced the intention to award a contract worth up to £50 million, to carry out route option assessment and detailed design work for dualling the 26-mile eastern section of the A96 between east of Huntly and Aberdeen.  
‘Tell Us Once' automatically updates government departments
A new service for the bereaved in Highland is launched today by The Highland Council called ‘Tell Us Once'.   The service will ensure that when a death is registered in the Highland area, a notification is automatically issued to most government agencies which removes the need for grieving families to notify multiple public bodies.  
Community Ownership - Forests And Woodland Webinar
Where: Online When: 04 July 2017 Time: 10:30 - 11:45 Community ownership of woodlands and forestry is on the rise, partially due to powers from the Community Empowerment Act.  Community Woodlands Association (CWA) provides advice, assistance and information to community groups considering or in the process of taking on a community woodland.  
Rural Parliament Support - £200,000 to empower communities
Rural communities will have a stronger voice thanks to funding for the Rural Parliament announced by Environment and Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.   The £200,000 funding for Scottish Rural Action (SRA) will support delivery of their 2017-19 Action Plan, which contains five policy areas debated and chosen by rural communities at the 2016 Rural Parliament in Brechin.  
Local Authority Provisional Outturn (2016-17) And Budget Estimates (2017-18)
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Scotland's Chief Statistician today published 2016-17 Provisional Outturn and 2017-18 Budget Estimates Statistics.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 27 June 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (June, 27th) sold 23 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (7) averaged 237.4p (+16.3p) and sold to 245.0p per kg and £1,482.25 gross.  
Scottish Aquaculture Thriving
Fish and shellfish farming contributes £620 million to the national economy every year, according to new research.   The industry now supports more than 12,000 jobs and Scottish aquaculture production has increased by a third in the ten years to 2015, from 142,000 to 188,000 tonnes, according to the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) commissioned study.  
Ferry Hamnavoe sails on the 'Short-sea Route' to Orkney during summer months ... for the first time in living memoryThumbnail for article : Ferry Hamnavoe sails on the 'Short-sea Route' to Orkney during summer months ... for the first time in living memory
The 8,780 tonne ferry Hamnavoe, which normally plies directly 28 miles from Scrabster in Caithness to Stromness, Orkney, sailed over the weekend on the Pentland Firth's 'Short Sea Route'.  It is the seaway that is used on a daily basis by her 'rival' ship Pentalina.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Update Week commencing 19 June 2017 Tourism Food & Drink: · CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) this week published a baseline report on the economic impact of the North Coast 500 route which covers the whole of the north mainland.  The report highlights the impact of the route's global profile, and suggests that 200 new jobs could be created as a result.  
Comment On Cladding And High Rise Buildings In Scotland
Communities Secretary, Angela Constance, said:"Scottish building regulations state that cladding on high rise domestic buildings built since 2005, and cladding added to existing high rise domestic buildings since 2005, should be made of non-combustible materials or a cladding system that has met stringent fire tests.   “External cladding on high rise domestic buildings built before 2005 has to meet a Class 0 classification which was the most demanding anti-flame spread classification at that time.  
£10 Million For Affordable Housing In Highland
A £10 million fund to build affordable homes across the Highlands has been announced by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart today (23rd June).   The Highland Infrastructure Fund is a partnership with The Highland Council and will support and accelerate the delivery of affordable housing across the region.  
Food And Drink Innovation - £650,000 To Support Business Growth
Funding to support food and drink businesses work with each other to come up with innovative ways to sell their products has been launched by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.   The Collaboration Innovation Fund, which is supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, is part of a package to help businesses who are looking to innovate and follows up on the recent launch of The ‘Make Innovation Happen' service.  
Growing Fruit And Veg
Plans to accelerate the growth of Scotland's fruit and veg sector will be the focus of a new industry group.   The value of the fruit and veg sector has grown significantly over the last 10 years with fruit production increasing 86% to £114 million and vegetables up 50% to £122 million.  
Scottish Government Provisional Budget Outturn
Update for the 2016-17 financial year.   The carry forward of funding into 2017-18, first announced as part of the Budget, was confirmed today as the Scottish Government published the provisional cash outturn for 2016-17.  
New Group To Tackle Inequality In Agriculture
Taskforce will consider steps to ensure better representation.   A new group to ensure women are better represented in farming has been announced by the First Minister.  
Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's Latest Grant AwardsThumbnail for article : Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's Latest Grant Awards
Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant assessment round has awarded over £17k to community projects throughout the Caithness & North Sutherland area.   The Caithness Broch Project was granted £10,000 towards costs of holding a Caithness Broch Festival, consisting of a programme of participative archaeological activities that will be held throughout the year focusing around two selected Caithness broch sites.  
Agriculture resilient amid economic uncertaintyThumbnail for article : Agriculture resilient amid economic uncertainty
The agriculture sector in Scotland is showing signs of growth as famers successfully navigate uncertainties linked to currency fluctuations and future subsidies, analysis by Clydesdale Bank shows.   The farming sector in Scotland saw a drop in Total Income from Farming from £775 million in 2014 to £653 million in 2015.  
New Bridge To Link Inverness Campus And Retail Park
A new bridge is to be installed linking the north end of Inverness Campus with Inverness Business and Retail Park.   The bridge will cross the main Inverness-Perth railway line and enable access for pedestrians, cyclists and buses.  
Highland Council Leader writes to HMICS to raise concerns
The Leader of The Highland Council has written to HMICS to express concerns regarding a potential change to the creation of a single National Database Enquiry Unit (NDEU) for the whole of Scotland, based in Inverness.   Leader of the Council, Margaret Davidson said: "I have written to the Mr Penman HMICS to express my concerns regarding the proposed changes to the Inverness Police Control Room.  
Appointments To Adult Services Development And Scrutiny Sub-committee And Other Bodies
The Highland Council's People Committee has agreed membership of the Council's new Adult Services Development and Scrutiny Sub-Committee.   The Adult Services Development and Scrutiny Sub-Committee will ensure specific consideration is given to the delivery of adult social care services, as part of an integrated approach to all community care services, and will oversee on behalf of the People Committee, the commissioning of social care services for adults from NHS Highland.