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Is It Crunch Time For Car Parking? Special Meeting Of Environment, Development And Infrastructure CommitteeThumbnail for article : Is It Crunch Time For Car Parking? Special Meeting Of Environment, Development And Infrastructure Committee
A special meeting of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee of Highland council has been called for Thursday 24th October 2019 at 10.30am in council chambers in Inverness.   The only agenda item is off street parking but as of today (Sunday 20 October 2019) the paper has still to be published on the web page - The Redesign Board of Highland council have already considered parking in great detail and paper was considered on 1 May 2019 and provides all the information that is possibly to be considered on Thursday 24th October 2019.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 18 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 18th) sold 5,585 store sheep.   Lambs (3,793) averaged £47.43 and sold to £71 gross for a Cheviots from Free Farm, Tomatin.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale Fort William 19 October 2019
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 19th) sold 198 weaned calves and store cattle, 20 OTM cattle and 5 adult head of breeding cattle.   Bullocks (116) averaged 197.6p and sold to 252.4p per kg for a pair of 210kg Limousin crosses from Keil Farm, Ardgour, and £800 gross for a 400kg Limousin cross from 8, 9 & 10 Cuilchenna.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale Stornoway 18 October 2019
STORNOWAY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 17th) sold 1,362 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (591) sold to £60 gross for Texel crosses from 100 Cross Skigersta Road, Port of Ness.  
Deal Or No Deal, The Uk Government Needs A New Strategy For The Union
Posted on October 18, 2019 by The Constitution Unit.   Almost seven months after the EU and UK agreed to extend the Article 50 process, a new Brexit deal has been agreed.  
Tackling human trafficking and exploitation in the Highlands
COSLA has today (Friday 18 October 2019) unveiled human trafficking guidance for Scottish local authorities and The Highland Council has taken this opportunity to confirm its commitment to tackle trafficking and exploitation.   Mark McGinty, The Highland Council's Trading Standards Team Leader, said: "Sadly human trafficking is something Trading Standards Officers have to be aware of on a day to day basis.  
The Highlands named deadliest area for drivers in ScotlandThumbnail for article : The Highlands named deadliest area for drivers in Scotland
New analysis reveals the deadliest parts of the UK for car accidents, along with the most dangerous transport methods and police attendance rates.   Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands are the most dangerous areas in Scotland, with 2,618 casualties and 35 fatalities reported between them in 2018.  
Scotgov Must ‘crack Down' On Holiday Lets After Landlord Fined £7500, Tenants Union Urges
Green MSP Andy Wightman says government inaction on short-term lets is ‘inflicting misery' on tenants.   Landlord fined £7,500 after using ‘sham' holiday-let lease to limit tenants' rights.  
New Fund To Improve Benefit Take-up
A new £500,000 fund is being opened for organisations which help people accessing the benefits to be delivered by the Scottish Government.   The Scottish Benefit Take-up Fund will support charities and third sector organisations in their work to address barriers which prevent people from applying for benefits.  
Social security improvements
New measurements will monitor progress towards a Scottish social security system that works for all who use it.   The measures will look at how Social Security Scotland operates and delivers benefits, including how the agency treats clients, if staff are well supported and how systems are working.  
Seed Potato Brexit Concerns
Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon has written to Minister of State at DEFRA George Eustice seeking urgent clarification and assurance that Scottish seed potatoes can continue to be exported to third countries, such as Egypt, in the event of a ‘no deal' Brexit.   This is all the more urgent given that the UK will not be a listed third country for seed and other plant propagating material if the UK leaves the EU in a 'no deal' scenario and will therefore be unable to continue our exports to the EU.  
New Benefit For Young Carers
16-18 year-olds to get cash support from next week.   Teenage carers in Scotland will be the first in the UK to be given financial support thanks to a new Scottish Government grant.  
Exception Reporting - When Is It Unnecessary To Provide A Home Report?
From Housing News.   Surveyor Tom Laurie talks about the many, but perhaps little known, exceptions that exist for Home Reports.  
Uk Secures Listed Status To Protect £5 Billion Export Market
The UK has secured 'listed status' providing certainty for a market worth more than £5 billion a year.   The UK has secured approval to continue exporting animals and animal products to the EU if we leave without a deal on 31 October - providing certainty for a market worth more than £5 billion a year.  
£27m Funding For Active Travel
A new walking and cycling route in the north of Glasgow, the regeneration of Ayr town centre and green infrastructure travel links in Aberdeen, are amongst a number of active travel projects revealed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.   The projects are amongst more than 200 across Scotland receiving a total of £27 million of funding through walking and cycling charity, Sustrans Scotland's and Transport Scotland's flagship programme providing advice, support and infrastructure for walking and cycling Places for Everyone Details of the Programme’s major projects were announced in Perth in July.  
HMRC Accelerates 95,000 Firms Onto Simplified Import Procedures
Transitional Simplified Procedures will make importing after Brexit on 31 October much simpler, particularly for businesses that would be completing customs processes for the first time.   HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has automatically registered 95,000 businesses for its simplified import procedures allowing most traders up to 6 months to pay import duties and submit customs declarations, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019.  
Hidden By Queen's Speech Announcements 1% Increase In Public Works Loans Board Charges
What you might say has this got to with me.   Well in a round about way it affects us all as many public bodies including councils and health boards borrow from the PWLB at low cost.  
Dounreay Hosts IAEA Meeting For 26 Countries
Dounreay shared its knowledge of nuclear decommissioning with more than 50 specialists who attended an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting at the site last week.   Drawn from industry, government, regulators and academia, the group travelled to Caithness in Scotland to take part in a technical meeting about the work needed to leave the site in a safe condition for future generations.  
Rent Arrears For Council Houses Up 14% In Scotland In One Year
The total amount of rent arrears on all council properties in Scotland has increased by 14% in a year as the number of council tenants in arrears increased by around 3% according to official figures.   Scottish Council Housing Income and Expenditure statistics for the year 2018/2019, published by Scotland's Chief Statistician, show that rent arrears on all council properties totalled £74 million in March 2019, up £9m (14.0%) on last year.  
Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactorThumbnail for article : Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactor
Half of the last remaining radioactive fuel elements jammed for decades inside the iconic Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) have now been removed.   DFR with its famous dome once led the world in fast breeder technology.