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10/3/2017
Construction gets underway at Bad á Cheò Wind Farm
• Activity will start mid-late March 2017.   • Initial works will be at site entrance on A9 at Achkeepster.  
10/3/2017
Council agrees Redesign Board recommendations
The Highland Council has agreed all the recommendations made by the Redesign Board.   The Board proposes a significant shift to localism.  
10/3/2017
Extra £1million capital for Highland roads
On Thursday 9th March, the Council approved £1million additional capital monies to be spent on Highland roads.   The Scottish Government, announced on 2 February 2017, an additional Capital Grant for Highland Council of £2.046m for 2017/18 and members have agreed to allocate £1million of this to roads.  
10/3/2017
Highland Council funding to CAB Projects
The Highland Council has agreed to extend funding to two CAB projects of up to £50,000.   The Mental Health and Midwifery projects provide money and welfare advice to pregnant mums and those experiencing mental ill health.  
Major Expansion at Caithness DistilleryThumbnail for article : Major Expansion at Caithness Distillery
A Caithness distillery has embarked on a major expansion that will boost its turnover and international sales and create at least one new job.   Dunnet Bay Distillery (DBDL) has secured a £64,000 contribution from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards the £248,000 development.  
7/3/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 7 March 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 7th) sold 11 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (11) averaged 211.6p (+2.6p) and sold to 221p per kg and £1,262.70 gross.  
7/3/2017
Fisheries Protection Seafarers To Ballot For Fair Pay
Members of Unite the union working for Scotland's fisheries protection fleet are to ballot in an ongoing battle over pay.   The workers at Marine Scotland are angry that they are being paid less than other seafarers working for the Scottish Government.  
6/3/2017
Council To Consider Spending An Extra £1million Capital On Roads
A paper going to the Council meeting on 9 March will propose a £1 million spend of additional capital monies on roads infrastructure.   The Scottish Government, announced on 2 February 2017, an additional Capital Grant for Highland Council of £2.046 million for 2017/18 and a paper to council will ask members to consider whether to allocate £1 million of this to roads.  
6/3/2017
New West Link Bridge Spans The River In InvernessThumbnail for article : New West Link Bridge Spans The River In Inverness
The first of the central beams to connect the north and south side of the West Link bridge, Inverness were put in place today, 6 March 2017.   The centre span beams are 70m in length and weight 70 tonnes each.  
6/3/2017
Top national award for Highland Council's energy project
The Highland Council has won a national award for a project aimed at cutting the cost of heating Highland homes.   The Scottish Energy Efficiency and Health Homes Award, presented during an award ceremony held in Glasgow, recognised the Council's work to assist with reducing energy use in Highland homes through the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland - Area Based Scheme (HEEPS-ABS) and the particular drive to identify and assist homes that are in fuel poverty or vulnerable to the cost of energy.  
5/3/2017
Redesign Board Makes Recommendations On The Redesign Of The Council
The Redesign Board met on 28 February to agree its recommendations on the redesign of the Council.   The Board proposes a significant shift to localism.  
5/3/2017
'emojional' Addition To Council Website
People looking for shortcuts to their most used pages on Highland Council's website via their Smart phones can now use Emoji to take them there faster.   Used in electronic messages and web pages, Emoji are used much like Emoticons and exist in various symbols including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, and animals.  
4/3/2017
Multi-million A9 Dualling Contract
Start of procurement for the next section of the road to be dualled.   The Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the construction contract for the 9.5km section between Luncarty to Birnam is published today with work to deliver this £100 million scheme expected to start by the end of this year.  
4/3/2017
Scottish Apprenticeship Week 6-10 March 2017 - Barnardo's Offer
Partnership working gives employment opportunities to young people: Scottish Apprenticeship Week 6-10 March 2017.   Scottish Apprenticeship week, 6 - 10 March 2017, will be celebrated across the country by many organisations in Scotland this week.  
4/3/2017
Highland Council In Multi million pound travel competition
The Highland Council progresses to third and final stage of multi-million pound active travel competition, Community Links PLUS.   The ‘Inverness Active Travel Network' design submitted by the Council impressed Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links PLUS competition panel with its dynamic and strategic infrastructure proposal that aims to double the current level of cycling in the city and become the active travel leader in Scotland.  
Dounreay's High Street MakeoverThumbnail for article : Dounreay's High Street Makeover
A major upgrade and expansion of Dounreay's Thurso town centre office has been completed.   David Flear, Chair of Dounreay Stakeholder Group, officially reopened the building which sits at the entrance to the high street and has been the site's public information office for almost a decade.  
3/3/2017
Commercial approach to brown bin waste will protect services and jobs
At a Special Meeting of The Highland Council on 16th February 2017, the Council's elected members agreed to introduce a £30 per annum charge to participating householders for the collection of garden waste in brown bins to generate an estimated £660,000 to help meet the Council's £20 million funding gap.   Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of Community Services Committee, explained: "Savings made by charging for brown bins helps to sustain around 25-30 jobs and protect services.  
3/3/2017
Highland school meals reassurance
Highland Council has issued reassurance on the provenance of ingredients in its school meals following recent national media reports this week.   Cllr Drew Millar, Chair of the Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee said: "Our catering service is proud to provide good value meals using quality ingredients carefully sourced.  
3/3/2017
Management of Highland schools update
Members of The Highland Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee have approved a management proposal for the Farr (Sutherland) associated school group.   The new management entitlement covering Farr High and its associated Primaries of Farr, Altnaharra, Melvich and Tongue will include 1 Head Teacher (3 ‐18), 2 Depute Head Teachers (3 ‐18), and 5 Principal Teachers.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week commencing 27 February 2017 Energy & business services: As the construction of the Operations and Maintenance base for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project gets closer to starting, the long-term staffing of the project is already being considered.  Tier 1 contractor Siemens is inviting applications for apprenticeship programmes: the Siemens offer is for Advanced Apprenticeships in Mechatronic Maintenance (site based technician).