Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Thursday, 23 November 2017
23rd November 2017
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday, 23 November 2017 are as follows:
Caithness and North Sutherland: Most of the higher routes in north Sutherland affected with up to 100mm wet snow, some of the lower routes inland up to 50mm wet snow, all routes in Caithness affected by minor flooding. Some of the main routes have major flooding with signage in place. Snow conditions - all routes treated this morning according to policy and will be ongoing today, all routes passable with care. (08:01)
South Sutherland Morning Report: Most roads affected by snow and ice. Treatment in progress and all roads passable with care (09:19)
Ross and Cromarty: Widespread snow this morning with the heaviest on high ground. Roads are turning black. All routes treated as per priority, and available resources in accordance with policy. No major issues reported. (11:23)
Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross: All North Skye roads affected by frost with 4 - 5cm of snow this morning. Treatment on-going on primary routes resulting in delayed treatment to secondary/ bus routes. South Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross roads mostly frost free with a light dusting of snow on high level routes. Treatment ongoing.
Lochaber: A Mixture of frost hail and sleet across the area this morning Primary and secondary routes treated with 20gm salt Still a little slush on the A884 Liddesdale Hill the rest of the primary and secondary roads clear at the present time. (08:53)
Badenoch and Strathspey: Frost and ice on roads across whole area with 2 to 5cm snow lower levels, 10 to 15cm on higher routes. Roads being treated in accordance with policy. (08:02)
Nairn: Dusting of snow above 200mtrs at 5:30am with more snow starting to fall at all levels as from 7:00am - roads being treated with salt. (08:07)
Inverness: Low roads wet, icy patches on some high roads, dusting of snow on some high roads frozen in places ,all routes being gritted (06:41)
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.
Highland has the longest road network of any council in Scotland and it is not possible to treat every road at the same time. A priority system is applied to treat the areas in greatest need first.
Trunk roads are gritted by BEAR Scotland (North West) for Transport Scotland.
School Closures: This morning Badcaul Primary school’s nursery only was closed due to bad weather affecting 3 pupils.
Visit the school closures website for up-to-date information at www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures - the page is updated from 7am and cleared each evening. Get alerts of closures on Highland Council’s Twitter and Facebook. Or phone 0800 564 2272 to get the latest pre-recorded message from head teachers regarding their school. Have the school's PIN ready when you call.
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.
The high winds during Storm Caroline today have caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached. The school was already closed to pupils today due to the adverse weather.
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday 7 December 2017 are as follows: Caithness and Sutherland: Most roads are affected by snow and ice. Treatment in progress.
The Highland Council expresses its deep disappointment at the news of further branch closures by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Leader of the Highland Council Margaret Davidson said: "This will cause real difficulties for many customers and small businesses.
Highland consumers who have lost money to a scam involving payment through Western Union wire transfer between 1st January 2004 and 19th January 2017, are being encouraged by Highland Council Trading Standards to file a claim for a refund with America's Federal Trade Commission in a bid to get some or if not all of their money back. In January 2017, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million for turning a blind eye to scammers and other criminals who used its service to trick customers into paying for bogus prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products and other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront.
The Highland Council and Department for Work and Pensions are implementing plans to improve accessibility to their services. This joint venture will see the jobcentre staff co-locating with the Council and other services in the council's new modern office developments in both Fort William and Wick.
City-region deal investment means that Inverness can now be branded a digital city. Ness WiFi, a free WiFi service, which was successfully piloted earlier this year, has now been rolled out across Inverness city centre, extending to and including areas such as the High Street, the Castle, Eden Court, and the bus and railway stations.
Leisure and cultural venues currently run by council arm's-length bodies will continue to benefit from charity relief from non-domestic rates. Following lengthy consultation with stakeholders, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay today confirmed that the Scottish Government will not be accepting the recommendation of the Barclay Review to end this benefit.
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