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23/2/2017
Making it easier to pay - automated telephone payments launched
Highland Council has launched the 1st step in automated telephone payments for customers.   From 22/02/2017 customers will be able to contact the Service Centre on the payments line 01349 886605 to make a rent payment and get a rent balance.  
Caithness And Lochaber Confirmed For Norwegian Style Learning CentresThumbnail for article : Caithness And Lochaber Confirmed For Norwegian Style Learning Centres
Young people in Caithness and Lochaber will be among the first in Scotland to benefit from new Norwegian style learning centres.   The centres are aimed at helping young people pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and digital (STEMD).  
21/2/2017
The Pilot Pentland Firth And Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan Is Nominated For Prestigious Planning Industry AwardThumbnail for article : The Pilot Pentland Firth And Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan Is Nominated For Prestigious Planning Industry Award
The Plan was developed by a working group consisting of Marine Scotland, Highland Council and Orkney Islands Council who are a finalist in the category for Excellence in Plan Making Practice at the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence (external link) 2017.  The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry.  
20/2/2017
Stagecoach Timetable Changes and Consultation Events
Consultation events.   21 February - Riverside Car Park, Wick, 11:00-13:00 22 February - High School Bus Stop, Thurso, 11:00-13:00.  
20/2/2017
MeyGen Update - AR1500 Turbine Deployed in Record TimeThumbnail for article : MeyGen Update - AR1500 Turbine Deployed in Record Time
Atlantis, a global leader in the tidal power sector, is delighted to announce that the first AR1500 tidal stream turbine has been deployed and energised at the MeyGen project site in the Pentland Firth, Scotland.   The Atlantis AR1500 tidal stream turbine was successfully deployed in less than 60 minutes following earlier connection of its proprietary wet mate connection management system, which allows for rapid deployment and retrieval of the tidal stream turbine.  
Looking To The Future, Promoting Caithness As A Cruise DestinationThumbnail for article : Looking To The Future, Promoting Caithness As A Cruise Destination
Scrabster Harbour has launched its marketing campaign to promote Caithness as a cruise destination to the global cruise industry.   The campaign, which will feature a staged marketing approach, will ensure relevant information is delivered at the critical points during the decision making process, and before and after cruise industry events.  
20/2/2017
2017/2018 Council TaxThumbnail for article : 2017/2018 Council Tax
From 1 April 2017 the Scottish Government is changing the basis on which properties are assessed for Council Tax and this will increase the charge for Council Tax properties that are banded E to H.   The Highland Council has no discretion in this matter and must apply these increases to the Council Tax charges from 1 April 2017.  
20/2/2017
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 13th February 2017.   Energy & business services: CNSRP partner Highland Council this week confirmed the sale of the buildings at Wick Harbour that will be restored and used as the Operations and Maintenance base for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project.  
First Cut Out Of Reactor Pond Wall At DounreayThumbnail for article : First Cut Out Of Reactor Pond Wall At Dounreay
The first block of concrete has been removed from the structure of one of Dounreay's cooling ponds - representing a major first step in demolishing the redundant giant chamber.   The pond is one of two concrete pits, six metres deep, which was used to store spent fuel from the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR).  
Doors Open At Unique Nuclear ArchiveThumbnail for article : Doors Open At Unique Nuclear Archive
A unique new archive, funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, has opened its doors to the public for the first time, bringing together historical nuclear records from all over the UK.   Speaking today at the Nucleus (Nuclear and Caithness Archive) in Wick, NDA chairman Stephen Henwood, said:Today we see a new chapter in the important role Caithness has played in the UK's nuclear history.  
18/2/2017
Step closer for CaSPlan after Caithness Area Committee
The Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan) remains on track for eventual adoption in final form in spring 2018.  Yesterday the Caithness Committee considered the results of public consultation on the Modified Proposed Plan and agreed that the Plan be progressed to the Examination stage.  
18/2/2017
New Polling Scheme Approved For Council Election
Members of the Communities and Partnership Committee have approved a new Polling Scheme to come into effect for the Election to Highland Council on the 4 May 2017.   The decision comes after a review of Polling Places during which the public, politicians, community groups and those with expertise in access to premises for disabled people were invited to comment on the existing and proposed changes arrangements for Polling Districts and Polling Places.  
18/2/2017
Pentland Spatial Plan Nominated for Award
The pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan is nominated for prestigious planning industry award.   The Plan was developed by a working group consisting of Marine Scotland, Highland Council and Orkney Islands Council who are a finalist in the category for Excellence in Plan Making Practice at the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence (external link) 2017.  
16/2/2017
2017/2018 Council Tax Levels Set For Highland
From 1 April 2017 the Scottish Government is changing the basis on which properties are assessed for Council Tax and this will increase the charge for Council Tax properties that are banded E to H.  The Highland Council has no discretion in this matter and must apply these increases to the Council Tax charges from 1 April 2017.  
16/2/2017
The Highland Council has agreed a budget for 2017-18
The Highland Council has agreed a budget for 2017-18, which includes a council tax increase of 3%.   A package of £10.689m savings were agreed for 2017-18, on top of £5.824m savings agreed in previous budgets.  
14/2/2017
Improved safety measures for Miller Academy pupils
Member of the Caithness Area Committee have given the go-ahead to a project to improve the safety of pupils walking and cycling to and from Miller Academy in Thurso.   £20,000 will be spent creating a footpath and installing a barrier with linings on the ground to make the usage of the drop off area at the school safer for pupils.  
14/2/2017
My World of Work Live! cutting-edge careers spaces open in Church StreetThumbnail for article : My World of Work Live! cutting-edge careers spaces open in Church Street
New cutting-edge careers spaces aimed at inspiring youngsters have opened in Inverness.   Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Chair John F.  
14/2/2017
Additional £1.174m funding to NHS Highland for adult care to be proposed
The Highland Council's Administration will be proposing an additional £1.174m to NHS Highland for adult care, as part of the 2017/18 budget which will be considered on Thursday 16 February 2017.   Council Leader Margaret Davidson said:"These are financially challenging times for all of the public sector.  
14/2/2017
Schools Budgets To Be Protected In Highland Budget Proposals
In another challenging financial year, the Highland Council Administration has pledged to protect education services in the 2017/18 budget.   The Highland Council will consider next year's budget at its meeting on Thursday 16 February.  
14/2/2017
Leader Welcomes News Of Expanded Amsterdam Connection
The Leader of The Highland Council, Margaret Davidson (Independent), has welcomed KLM's announcement today of a second daily service from Inverness to Amsterdam starting from 15 May 2017 to complement the existing service.   Cllr Davidson said: "This news of a second daily flight between Inverness and Amsterdam is splendid news! This expanded service means we are better able to make the most of global connections between Schiphol and key markets throughout the world.