Highland Council winter road condition reports for Thursday, 5 December 2013
5th December 2013
The Highland Councilís snow clearing / gritting route policies and area maps are online for 2013/14 at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting.
Road condition and gritting treatment reports by The Highland Councilís, Transport, Environmental and Community Services for Thursday 5 December 2013 are as follows:
Caithness, South Sutherland and East Ross
U2126 Oykel Bailley Bridge Road closed due to flooding. All roads in the Tain and Easter Ross, and Central Sutherland affected by fallen trees but currently passable. Roads throughout the area affected by fallen debris but passable with care. Posted: 05/12/2013 09:09
All routes treated ahead of snow showers forecast, gale force winds and heavy rain branches on roads. Posted: 05/12/2013 08:17
Caithness & North Sutherland
A mixture of heavy rain and wintery showers, high winds, treating all routes ahead of anticipated snow. Posted: 05/12/2013 09:05
The U1598 Glen Achulish road has re-opened. Posted: 05/12/2013 16:19
The U1313 Bellsgrove-Polloch has now been reopened. Posted: 05/12/2013 14:27
Wide spread storm damage, trees down and standing water on roads. Crews dealing with fallen trees as required. Pre-treatment for forecast snow delayed until 11am due to residual effects of storm. Posted: 05/12/2013 10:28
Skye and Lochalsh
All routes being treated. No issues Posted: 05/12/2013 12:39
Badenoch and Strathspey
Road report update Heavy snow showers gritting ongoing, Curlys Lane Newtonmore closed due to blown tree. Posted: 05/12/2013 12:19
Minor by-pass road at Tongue closed due to erosion and subsequent debris. Posted: 05/12/2013 11:50
Several trees and branches were down over roads and all cleared. Posted: 05/12/2013 11:24
Wet and windy, some trees and branches on road, being cleared. Posted: 05/12/2013 08:39
Badenoch and Strathspey
High gust of wind Trees and branches down on some roads this morning. All routes cleared and open. Rain turning to snow gritting ongoing all routes. Posted: 05/12/2013 11:11
B9006/B9090 closed between Clephanton Crossroads and A96 due to accident car/tree. B852 Dores Foyers closed due to fallen trees. A number of side roads in Kiltarlity, Beauly, Foyers Gorthleck Areas blocked with fallen trees. Grant Street Inverness was closed due to dangerous building. B862 Inverness to Beauly Rd - Was blocked due to fallen trees now passable with care. Posted: 05/12/2013 11:04
The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time. It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.
Highland Councillors considered Scottish Government's proposals for changes to the management of schools at today's meeting of the Council. The Scottish Government is proposing new legislation on education, which would include a Headteachers Charter, placing even more responsibility and accountability for the running of schools on Headteachers, with other responsibilities passing to a new collaborative organisation covering Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles, Argyll and Bute as well as Highland.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time. It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.
The Highland Council today welcomed the proposal by the Scottish Government to establish a national not-for-profit energy company and agreed to make a case for the proposed company to be based in the Highlands. The motion, put forward by Cllr Richard Laird and Cllr Iain Cockburn, sets out the belief that Highland customers do not always experience the benefits of the energy produced in our communities and therefore proposes that the Council engage with the Scottish Government to make the case for the energy company to be based in the Highlands, where much of the energy is produced, and bringing jobs and benefits to the region.
The Highland Council has agreed to set up a tourism working group to take a strategic overview and set priorities to support the success and growth of tourism in the Highlands. The Council has also agreed to identify financial support that allows EventScotland and their partners to bid for future major International events to be hosted in Highland.
The Highland Council is reassuring people in the region that since Storm Caroline and the arrival of winter weather to the region, the Council's Community Services has been deploying all of its available resources to tackle the condition of Highland Council pavements and roads. The Council's gritting fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over 200 staff providing winter maintenance services.
Budget update Council will today consider a potential budget gap of ¬£33.5 million in the next financial year in 2018-19. It will take several days to achieve clarification of the precise settlement to The Highland Council following the Scottish Government's draft budget announcement.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting . The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
With Storm Caroline hitting the Highlands yesterday, today's heavy snowfall and the forecast for a drop in temperatures over the next 48 hours, the Highland Council's crews and winter vehicles have been busy in action. The fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over the coming months 200 plus staff will be providing winter maintenance services.
Wick Campus, including Wick High School, Newtonpark Primary School and High Life Highland Leisure facilities will remain closed on Friday 8 December 2017. The closure is due to high winds during Storm Caroline today which caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached.
Following the high winds forecast and experienced this week due to Storm Caroline, The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged. Roads affected by fallen trees this morning were near Beauly; Achnagarron near Invergordon and Lochaber which staff are clearing.
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