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23/8/2017
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.  
22/8/2017
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).  
18/8/2017
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.  
17/8/2017
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.  
16/8/2017
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.  
16/8/2017
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.  
16/8/2017
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.  
16/8/2017
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.  
14/8/2017
A Warm Highland Welcome For Probationer TeachersThumbnail for article : A Warm Highland Welcome For Probationer Teachers
One hundred and forty two probationer teachers who are on the Teacher Induction Scheme and a few probationer teachers on the Flexible Route were recently welcomed to the Highlands (on Friday 11 August 2017) at an induction course held in Smithton Free Church Hall.   Bill Alexander, Highland Council's Director of Care and Learning welcomed the probationers saying: "It's really good to see so many young people starting their careers in education here in the Highland and I wish them all well.  
14/8/2017
Developer Contributions for Schools to be reviewed
The Council is to review developer contributions for schools in the Inverness area.   Taking account of the forecasted phasing of housing sites, school roll forecasts indicate that Primary Schools in Inverness are under pressure and require significant additional capacity to support growth.  
11/8/2017
Highland Council assurance on Concerns About Wick CampusThumbnail for article : Highland Council assurance on Concerns About Wick Campus
Highland Council has written to the Wick Stakeholder Group, Wick High School Parent Council and Newton Park Primary School Parent Council to provide a statement of assurance regarding the new Wick Campus facility.  The letter states: We refer to discussion at recent Wick stakeholder group meetings, at which a request was made for the Council to provide a statement of assurance regarding the new Campus facility, and to address media reporting and local concerns over recent months.  
10/8/2017
Plan for free public Wi-Fi to be rolled-out across the Highlands
Members are to be asked to approve proposals to expand the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal funded free open public Wi-Fi system to 14 towns across Highland.   Town centres 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.  
10/8/2017
Tain and Easter Ross By-election date confirmed
Candidates wishing to stand at the by-election being held in The Highland Council's Ward 7 - Tain and Easter Ross - have until 4 pm on Monday 28 August to complete and submit their nomination forms.   The by-election is being held on Thursday 28 September following the resignation of Cllr Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat) who has stepped down and taken up his seat in Westminster following the UK Parliamentary Elections held in June.  
1/8/2017
Leader to raise concerns about the police control room with Chief Constable
Leader of The Highland Council, Margaret Davidson will be meeting with Chief Constable Phil Gormley tomorrow.   Councillor Davidson will be raising the issue of the future of the Police Control Room and Police Scotland's plans for the National Database Enquiry Unit (NDEU).  
Watch out for fake job offers online
As part of Scam Awareness Month, Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau and Highland Council Trading Standards want to alert young job seekers about the potential pitfalls when applying for jobs or signing up to recruitment agencies online.   Glenys Brown, Trading Standards Officer, based in Inverness explains, "Unfortunately, nationally, there has been a sharp rise in the number of online job hunting scams and the age group most likely to be targeted with fake job offers are young adults aged between 18 to 24 years".  
21/7/2017
Wick Swimming Pool - Great Deal On High Life CardThumbnail for article : Wick Swimming Pool - Great Deal On High Life Card
The new community facility at Wick High still has great offer on the High Life Card.   Usually £20 per month but for this offer pay £200 and get a whole 12 months of access.  
20/7/2017
Your Views Wanted On Draft Local Housing StrategyThumbnail for article : Your Views Wanted On Draft Local Housing Strategy
The Highland Council is looking for your views on our draft Local Housing Strategy.   The strategy sets out our aims for housing over the next 5 years and what we will do to.  
20/7/2017
Council confirms Corran Ferry is back up and runningThumbnail for article : Council confirms Corran Ferry is back up and running
Council confirms Corran Ferry is back up and running.   The Highland Council is pleased to report that at 12.30pm today (Thursday 20 July 2017) the Corran Ferry fully resumed its foot passenger and car service.  
14/7/2017
More Centralisation As Council Leader Calls For Transparency On HMRC Move To Edinburgh
Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson is calling for transparency on the UK Government's announcement this week that Council Leader calls for transparency on HMRC move to Edinburgh Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson is calling for transparency on the UK Government's announcement this week that 2,900 HMRC civil servants will be relocated to a new hub in Edinburgh city centre by 2020.   Councillor Davidson said: "I am very concerned that Inverness is cited in news coverage of the UK Government's intention to move HMRC staff in regional offices to Edinburgh.  
13/7/2017
Highland Council Step Challenge WinnersThumbnail for article : Highland Council Step Challenge Winners
Teams from The Highland Council have been walking back to happiness and feeling the benefits of more active lifestyles following completion of the summer Step Count Challenge, run by Paths for All.  The 8 week challenge, which attracted 968 teams of 5 from across Scotland started in May and finished on 25 June 2017.