Highland Schools Update - 11 January 2015
11th January 2015
DUE to storm damage, two schools, may not be open on Monday. Brora Primary School and Canisbay Primary School have both suffered some roof damage.
At Brora, a scaffold will be erected at the start of this week to allow the extent of damage to be accurately assessed and a roofing contractor to make the building watertight. It is envisaged that the school will be open to pupils on Tuesday. The school and kitchen has been open this weekend and used as an emergency centre for the local community.
The roof covering over the kitchen at Canisbay Primary School has been damaged and the power has been off. It is anticipated that the school will be open on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Mallaig Primary School remains closed to allow completion of structural repairs to the chimney. Parents and carers of Mallaig Primary and Nursery pupils have been advised that on Monday 12 January, the school building will remain closed and alternative arrangements have been planned for pupils to attend school. All Mallaig Nursery children should go to Arisaig Primary and Mallaig Primary pupils should report to Mallaig High School at 9am.
There has also been some storm damage to Wick High School and Invergordon Academy, however it is expected that both of these schools will be open on Monday as normal.
Most other schools are currently expected to open on Monday. However, this is subject to the availability of heating and power, and further inspections of building damage, and parents and carers are advised to check the council's school closures website www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures which will be updated after 7am on Monday 12 January or the school closures phone line on 0800 564 2272.
Last week, The Highland Council issued rent suspension orders (RSO) in relation to a number of properties being operated as unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMO). The orders, which have been served on the owners and tenants, mean that the tenants are no longer under any obligation to pay rent to their landlord.
The Leader of The Highland Council Councillor Margaret Davidson welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to deliver much needed improvements to tourist infrastructure to support the rising numbers of visitors to the Highlands. This comes the week after figures were published for August which showed Highland visitor attractions were performing 17% higher compared to August last year, a result that is backed by accounts from residents and businesses that the area has been hugely popular with visitors this season.
The Highland Council is ready for winter and prepared to grit council roads as the council's winter maintenance programme starts on 14 October. Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.
Trading Standards are looking for young people to take part in test purchasing exercises. We want to find out which shops are breaking the law by selling age restricted products to young people under 18.
Caithness Civic leader Cllr Willie Mackay (centre) cuts the tape at the opening of the newly refurbished half mile Killimster Moss stretch of the B876 Wick to Thurso road. Looking on are some of the Highland council workers praised for the project which was done on time and within budget.
Caithness Civic Leader Cllr Willie Mackay has welcomed the reopening of the B876 Killimster Moss Road. A stretch of the Caithness Wick to Thurso road at Killimster Moss was refurbished over a four week programme of improvement and reopened on Friday 29 September.
A chance to have your say. Voters are being invited to have their say on a review of polling places throughout the Highland Council area The Council has today (Monday 2 October 2017) launched a consultation over its review of election polling districts and polling places.
The Scottish Government is allocating £1 million to improve school libraries over the next three years. Launched today by the Deputy First Minister, the School Library Improvement Fund will be open for education authorities to apply for funding on behalf of school libraries in their area.
The Scrutiny Lead for The Highland Council, Cllr Matthew Reiss responded to the decisions made today by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) at their meeting in Inverness. He said: "We are naturally deeply disappointed by the decisions today to close the Inverness Control Room and to spread the National Database Enquiry Unit between Inverness and Govan.
The by-election for a councillor to represent the Tain and Easter Ross Ward on The Highland Council has been won by Alasdair Rhind (Independent) who was one of six candidates who contested the vacancy. The bi-election was brought about by the resignation of Jamie Stone following his success in the Westminster elections He joins Councillors Fiona Robertson (Independent) and Derek Louden (SNP) in representing Ward 7 on The Highland Council.
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