Caithness & Sutherland Area Committee - First Meeting In Refurbished Wick Town Hall
22nd September 2014
The next meeting of the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee of Highland council will be held in the newly refurbished town hall on Tuesday 23rd September 2014.
the meeting starts at 10.30am and may last until 3.00pm depending on debates and presentations.
Main committee meetings of the Highland Council are open to the public to attend.
The agenda and papers can be viewed at -
The meeting will be webcast live from -
The Committee will consider the Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan), which presents suggested outcomes that the plan should deliver in terms of employment, growing communities, connectivity and transport, environment and heritage. It will seek people's views on the main issues affecting the area and location of future development during a proposed 12 week consultation to begin in October.
The Committee will also hear a presentation from Venture North on the work to develop tourism in the Caithness and north Coast Sutherland area.
Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting.
Councillor Deirdre Mackay, Area Leader Caithness and Sutherland said: Wick Town Hall is of significant importance to the civic history of the town. It is a beautiful building which was the meeting place of the local Council for many years.
"I was last in the Town Hall Chamber when I represented Wick 1999 - 2003 and I am really looking forward to the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee meeting in the newly refurbished Chamber. It will be great to enjoy the traditional surroundings but with the benefit of modern technology. The chamber is also now fully DDA compliant.
“I would like to place on record my thanks to my fellow councillors and the officers supporting the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee for their forbearance while work was underway on the Chamber."
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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