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Investment in hydraulic bollards to help protect Inverness city centre pedestrians
Following on from the introduction of decriminalised parking in Highland, The Highland Council has invested £50k to help protect pedestrians in Inverness city centre.   Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Places Committee said: "I am very pleased that the new parking enforcement service has delivered these improvement works funded from the Council’s Traffic Management and Control budget.  
Science Funding
Science festivals will receive £250,000 of Scottish Government funding to support them in bringing science alive in a fun and accessible way, Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville has announced.   Up to 15 festivals, which reach more than 200,000 people across Scotland annually, will benefit from the funding.  
CIPFA Scotland predicts Brexit negative impact on public spending
In a submission made to the Scottish Parliament, The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA) Scotland predicts that Brexit will likely have a negative impact on public spending power and therefore it is of critical importance that the Scottish Government start preparing plans for public services post-Brexit.   In its submission, CIPFA Scotland has summarised factors which will impact upon the Scottish budget.  
The Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) report
The report of GERs was published today and its not simple with everyone giving their interpretation of good or bad.   So here is link to the BBC article on the subject that explains the situation in depth with more links.  
B876 Between Castletown And Reiss Will Be Closed For Three Weeks - Check Bus ChangesThumbnail for article : B876 Between Castletown And Reiss Will Be Closed For Three Weeks - Check Bus Changes
As recently reported, the B876 between Castletown and Reiss will be closed for three weeks from 28 August 2017 to enable urgent repair works to be carried out.  This will result in changes to the X99 and 81 services, along with the 276 / 277 / 281 services to Dounreay) Details of the timetable and route changes are attached.  
Disruption to Highland Council School Transport
Parents and carers of pupils using Andrew's (Shetland) Ltd coaches for Thurso, Wick, Dornoch, Golspie and Invergordon High Schools and some of their associated Primaries are warned for possible disruption to transport arrangements from tomorrow morning Wednesday 23 August 2017.   Highland Council has been notified that its school transport contractor Andrew's (Shetland) Ltd has ceased trading as of this evening (Tuesday 22 August 2017).  
Business Rates Review
Welcoming the publication of the Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said:"This report offers recommendations for reform of the system to make it work better for ratepayers across Scotland while ensuring that the contribution they make to important local services is maintained.   "Ken and his team were tasked with finding ways to improve the current system, updating it so that it better supports business growth, encourages long term investment and enables businesses to better navigate fast-changing marketplaces.  
Is Amazon About to Burst Banks?Thumbnail for article : Is Amazon About to Burst Banks?
Could we soon be opening an Amazon bank account and getting loans and mortgages from the e-commerce giant? The e-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero says the UK finance industry can bank on it.   Is Amazon preparing to move into banking? Reports earlier this year that Amazon was considering buying the US bank Capital One highlight the fact that controlling how we buy goods, as well as where we buy them, would make a great deal of sense for the US giant.  
One Stop Shop For Iconic Bridges
With the countdown underway for the Queensferry Crossing opening, a new website for the Forth Bridges was launched today by the Minister for Transport Humza Yousaf.   The site gives details of the traffic management and road layouts that will be in place when the bridge first opens.  
Planning Performance Framework Highlights Excellent Work In Highland
The Highland Council's Planning Performance Framework has been agreed for submission to the Scottish Government.   All Planning Authorities in Scotland are required to submit an annual Planning Performance Framework to the Scottish Government, setting out how they have performed over the previous financial year.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 14th August 2017 Energy & business services: Caithness Chamber of Commerce this week ran an event sponsored by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  The main speaker was Bill Cattanach of the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), with introductory presentations by myself and Sandy Mackie of Scrabster Harbour Trust.  
Graduates Kick Start Their Career At DounreayThumbnail for article : Graduates Kick Start Their Career At Dounreay
Graduates from as far afield as Portugal and London arrived in Caithness last week to kick start their career at Dounreay.   Ten new recruits have started on the two-year graduate scheme with educational backgrounds as diverse as engineering, law and digital forensics and ethical hacking.  
Leader Expresses Disappointment Following Police Meeting - Centralisation Goes Ahead
Leader of the Highland Council Margaret Davidson commented following her meeting with Police Scotland on 16 August 2017, saying: "I am very grateful to ACC Hawkins and other officers for a very candid and useful meeting and for providing the information which we requested.   "I remain, however, extremely disappointed in the recommendation going to the SPA and the poor governance in that decision making process.  
Workshop Focuses On Food And Drink Innovation
Food and drink businesses looking to grow through innovation are encouraged to register for a free workshop which takes place in Inverness on 31 August.   The event will focus on the new ‘Make Innovation Happen' service which provides a single access point for all innovation support to the Scottish food and drink industry.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 17 august 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 17th) sold 15,573 store lambs at their annual district sale to average £52.54 (-£1.52 on the year).   Cheviot wedder lambs (6,589) averaged £49.36 (-£1.71) and sold to £66.00 gross from Knockglass, Dornoch.  
Temporary Road Closure Killimster Moss: A876 Reiss - Castletown Road From 28th August
Motorists are advised of a temporary road closure in Caithness to allow repairs to be carried out to approximately 1km of the B876 at Killimster Moss.   The road will be closed from 8am on Monday 28 August 2017 until 6pm on Saturday 30 September 2017.  
Free public Wi-Fi to be rolled-out across the Highlands
Members have today approved proposals to expand the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal funded free open public Wi-Fi system to 14 towns across the Highland.   Towns recommended for the free Wi-Fi programme are Alness, Aviemore, Dingwall, Dornoch, Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus, Fort William, Invergordon, Nairn, Portree, Tain, Thurso, Ullapool and Wick.  
Scottish Government urged to use new benefit powers
The Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson, has urged the Scottish Government to start using devolved powers to mitigate the impact of benefit changes in the Highlands.  The call follows a meeting with Inverness MP, Drew Hendry, where she discussed the problems created by the introduction of Universal Credit.  
New Developer Contributions for Education Infrastructure agreed
The Council has agreed to updated developer contributions for the delivery of new schools in the Inverness area.   Taking account of the forecasted phasing of housing sites, school roll forecasts indicate that 13 Primary Schools in Inverness will be under pressure within the next 5 years.  
Dounreay's Oldest Reactor To Be DemolishedThumbnail for article : Dounreay's Oldest Reactor To Be Demolished
It is 60 years this weekend since the first criticality was achieved in Scotland using a test rig at Dounreay.  Now the decommissioning team responsible for the site is marking that milestone by taking a major step towards demolishing the oldest reactor that remains at the former fast reactor research centre.