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23/5/2015
Dounreay low level waste vaults begin to accept wasteThumbnail for article : Dounreay low level waste vaults begin to accept waste
A major programme milestone has been achieved with the placement of the first low level waste disposed into the new Low Level Waste Facilities at Dounreay.   DSRL were granted planning permission to construct up to six vaults in April 2009.  
23/5/2015
Minister announces study on pub tenancies
‘Wet pub sector' to be examined.   The Scottish Government will commission research to help determine if those working in the tied ‘wet pub sector’ are unfairly disadvantaged compared to other pub tenanted models, Business Minster Fergus Ewing announced at a members debate held in the Scottish Parliament today.  
23/5/2015
Funding increase awarded to GPs
£9.8 million additional investment in primary care.   General practitioners in Scotland will receive an independently recommended one per cent pay increase in 2015/16, the Scottish Government has confirmed today.  
23/5/2015
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 18 May 2015 Energy & Business Services Following mention in last week's email about current activity at the Forss Business & Technology Park, it is good to see the coverage in today's (Friday's) press about the partnership between Abbey Ecosse and Enercon, which will see Enercon establishing a service base at Forss for its operations and maintenance personnel in the north.  This is one of several developments being worked on for the Park, and new jobs are likely to result from this.  
21/5/2015
Thurso Home Style ExhibitionThumbnail for article : Thurso Home Style Exhibition
William Wilson Thurso Branch are holding a Home Style Exhibition at the Weigh Inn Hotel Thurso on Thursday the 21st May 2015.   The free to enter all day event, which runs from 0930 to 1930, will feature some of the UK's leading home construction manufacturers including: Ideal Standard, Roman, Aqualisa, Ariston Boilers, Worcester Bosch, Danfoss, Roca, Heritage and Kohler.  
21/5/2015
Concerns raised over bank closures
COUNCILLORS have expressed concerns over the closure of banks in Highland communities.   Chair of Resources Committee Maxine Smith responded to the announcement that RBS is to close its branch in Invergordon, where there are no remaining banks.  
21/5/2015
Head Teacher Recruitment Crisis in Highland - 20 Head Teachers Wanted
Far reaching strategies for improving the success rate of Head Teacher recruitment in the Highlands are being devised by The Highland Council.   Members of the Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee have taken part in local workshops with Education staff to consider strategies to address the current challenges facing the recruitment of Head Teachers in the region.  
21/5/2015
Highland Trading Standards take action over false advertising
A local businessman has given a Formal Undertaking in court in Inverness to not mislead consumers following action by Highland Council Trading Standards.   Donald MacLean, the owner of Bearnock Country Centre, Bearnock Country Cottages and the Bearnock Hostel Glenurquhart, Drumnadrochit, made the pledge in Inverness Sheriff Court after Trading Standards had applied for an Order under the Enterprise Act 2002.  
21/5/2015
Energy North - Caithness Showcase- 26 May 2015
Energy North - Caithness Showcase 26th May 2015, Mackays Hotel, Wick Energy North will hold it's Caithness Showcase on the 26th of May at the Mackays Hotel in Wick.   This will be an all day event to showcase just what's happening in Caithness in terms of the energy industry in 2015 and what Caithness has to offer.  
21/5/2015
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 21st May 2015
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (May, 21st) sold 674 sheep of all classes.  Lambs (163) sold to £74 gross for Crosses from Torgormack, Beauly.  
19/5/2015
Party leaders unite to call for electoral reformThumbnail for article : Party leaders unite to call for electoral reform
Leaders from five of the major parties came together on Monday 18th May 2015 to add their names to almost half a million people calling for a fairer voting system.   In a rare show of unity from across the political spectrum, figures including Green Party leader Natalie Bennett appeared alongside UKIP's Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell MP to call for voting reform, following the most disproportionate electoral result in British history.  
19/5/2015
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19th May 2015
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 19th) sold 29 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (18) averaged 199.6p (+4.5p) and sold to 219p per kg and £1,309.00 gross.  
18/5/2015
Taxi fare review in Highland
The public is being asked for its views on proposals by The Highland Council to review the maximum level of charges for the hire of taxis or private hire cars fitted with taxi meters operating under licence of The Highland Council.   The Council has a statutory duty in terms of Section 17 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to review its scales for the fares and other taxi related charges every 18 months.  
16/5/2015
ROCK ROSE GIN FROM CAITHNESS TAKES THE UK BY STORMThumbnail for article : ROCK ROSE GIN FROM CAITHNESS TAKES THE UK BY STORM
Rock Rose Gin, a Scottish craft gin that hails from the most Northerly distillery in mainland Britain, is making waves in the drinks industry, gaining a plethora of awards in the UK and beyond.   The gin, which is hand-distilled at the Dunnet Bay Distillery in Caithness, features botanicals that are hand foraged from local cliffs and forests to create a gin with a unique flavour profile.  
16/5/2015
World Class Inverness Campus openedThumbnail for article : World Class Inverness Campus opened
Multi-million pound investment will transform Highlands and Islands economy.   A new world class facility which has the potential to support up to 1,300 jobs on site and create 940 new jobs across the Highlands and Islands over the next five years has been officially opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.  
16/5/2015
Ready Steady Work Course Back This SummerThumbnail for article : Ready Steady Work Course Back This Summer
Dates are announced for the 2015 Ready Steady Work courses.   Are you a pupil who will be in 4th, 5th or 6th year in 2015/16? If university is not for you, but you're unsure what path to take and where to start.....this course could be for you.  
16/5/2015
Working together to prevent child sexual exploitation
THE Highland Council and Police Scotland aim to prevent child sexual exploitation in the Highlands by raising awareness of the signs of abuse.   Children's Services in Highland have been working in close partnership with Police Scotland and built on established positive relationships to tackle this form of sexual abuse which can impact on young people.  
16/5/2015
External Scrutiny Report highlights key strengths for Highland Council
The annual Local Scrutiny Plan (LSP) 2015-16 for Highland Council has been published by the Local Area Network, which consists of representatives of six scrutiny bodies including Audit Scotland, Education Scotland, the Care Inspectorate, HMICS, HMFSI, and the Scottish Housing Regulator.   The Local Scrutiny Plan shows no additional scrutiny is required of the Council during 2015-16, over and above planned external scrutiny through scheduled audits and inspection activity.  
15/5/2015
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 11 May 2015.   Energy & Business Services Encouraging progress continues to be made at the Forss Business & Technology Park, which is now being operated by Abbey Ecosse.  
15/5/2015
Council reviews progress towards the Council Programme "Working Together for the Highlands"
PROGRESS towards the Council Programme "Working Together for the Highlands" was reviewed by Highland Council at its meeting yesterday as part of a review of the performance framework which monitors performance against the Programme.   Two commitments are marked as being achieved in 2013-14.