RSPB Scotland has announced that it has purchased the nature reserve at Dunnet Head, which is the northernmost point of mainland Britain, after receiving a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The dramatic coastal headland of Caithness, which boasts three-hundred feet-high cliffs, is home to thousands of breeding seabirds like puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and kittiwakes.
For the first time the Highland Community Planning Partnership have endorsed a Development Plan published by The Highland Council and have agreed to working with the Council in monitoring its delivery. The Proposed Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan), was published for consultation on 22 January 2016 and will run until 18 March 2016.
Week Commencing 1st February 2016 Energy and Business Services: Good to meet this week with June Love and the contractor who is helping CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with some work on cost comparison in the oil and gas sector. The work, which is supported by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, is also linked to work being taken forward by Scrabster Harbour Trust.
Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards a key opportunity for large and small companies and their employees. HRH The Prince of Wales charity, Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on Scotlands businesses to submit their entries to its annual awards for responsible business.
Following the second call for candidates wishing to serve on Highland Community Councils to come forward - a total of 19 Councils attracted sufficient interest to form a new Council. The uncontested community councils in the second round are: •Ardgay Community Council •Arisaig and District Community Council •Balintore and Hilton Community Council •Ballifer Community Council •Bower Community Council •Coigach Community Council •Conon Bridge Community Council •Dulnain Bridge Community Council •Inver Community Council •Kiltarlity Community Council •Kinlochleven Community Council •Kyle Community Council •Lochardil and Drummond Community Council •Morvern Community Council •Muirtown Community Council •Raasay Community Council •Sinclairs Bay Community Council •Strathpeffer Comunity Council •West Ardnamurchan Community Council.
The Highland Council is preparing for the implementation of a Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) Scheme this year. Remedial works have started, which includes sign and road markings replacement across the council to support of our Application to Transport Scotland for DPE authority.
New standards have been set out for grass-cutting across the Council area to meet statutory requirements and achieve savings. There is no statutory requirement that amenity grass must be cut, however, the Council has various duties to maintain public safety, deliver education in accordance to national standards, deliver a burial service, maintain roads and paths in a safe condition and support national play initiatives.
Council house rents will be limited to a 1.9% rise in order to maintain current service levels. This will mean an increase in the average weekly council rent of £1.35 for all Housing Revenue Account (HRA) rents.
Managing Rushes Without Chemicals, Thursday 3rd March, Caithness (second meeting) kindly supported by Caithness Wetlands and Wildlife Initiative. A practical one day workshop on controlling rushes without chemicals.
The Highland Council has awarded £1.128 million to Community Transport schemes across the Highlands, spread over the next 3 years. This allocation allows £376,000 of grants to be made available to the listed community groups and organisations each year for the next 3 years, which enables some certainty in the medium term for these initiatives.
Highland Council has invited tenders for a contract for a summer ferry service between Cromarty and Nigg. The previous operator terminated the service contract just before the start of the 2015 season due to difficulties with sandbanks building up off the slipways and berthing arrangements.
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts, (February, 4th) sold 771 sheep of all classes. Lambs (385) sold to £70.00 gross for a Bleu du maine from Glendoe Estates, Borlum.
The Councils Community Services Committee has approved an additional programme of £2.7 million for the coming year 2016/17. £2.3 million will be allocated this coming year to re-surfacing, surface dressing and road markings across the Highland network and £0.4 million to bridges in Sutherland (Kylesku) and Lochaber (A884 Achnagavin).
Highland Council Leader, Councillor Margaret Davidson said: The option to raise council tax in Highland has been taken away from us. We have been informed, if we raise Council Tax, we will be fined not just the 3% we expected but also other sanctions will be applied around teacher numbers and funding for social care.
Week Commencing 25 January 2016 Energy and; Business Services: Good to see Derek Campbell of Denchi Power heading out to take part in a programme sponsored by CNSRP partner HIE with the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The MIT Entrepreneurship Development Programme is week long, high level, intensive executive education course teaching skills for high impact entrepreneurship.
Regional airport operator HIAL has become the latest high profile organisation to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and the first airport group in Scotland to do so. The Armed Forces Covenant, which covers all branches of the armed forces, was introduced in 2011.
Action to accelerate pace of implementing new CAP. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has given an update on progress making payments under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is launching a six week public consultation on the organisations draft Gaelic Plan. The renewed Gaelic Plan 2016-21 sets out HIEs aims and ambitions for Gaelic over the next five years and details how these will be achieved through specific actions.
A storm officially named Gertrude by the Met Office has been forecast to bring winds of up to 90mph as well as heavy rain, high tides, and snow to Scotland tomorrow. The severe winds and high tides are expected to hit the north and west of Scotland in particular.
Highlands &#38; Islands MSP and Scottish (Labour) Spokesperson for Transport, David Stewart, has highlighted that through his Kessock Bridge Lights campaign, it has become apparent that so many are asking why the 50mph speed restriction is applied for such a long distance North of the bridge. &#34;This is a very good question said David Stewart, When Transport Scotland sought approval for the speed restriction on the bridge to be reduced from 70mph to 50mph is was to quote ‘ to improve the operational safety of the bridge, which I can live with.