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19/2/2020
Scottish Government Budget In Current Form Will Devastate CommunitiesThumbnail for article : Scottish Government Budget In Current Form Will Devastate Communities
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has warned that the Scottish Government's Budget will hit vulnerable communities the hardest.   COSLA has warned the Government that it has not considered successive years of cuts, or rising inflation and demand and have therefore put council services at risk.  
18/2/2020
Study Into Corran Narrows Fixed Link OptionsThumbnail for article : Study Into Corran Narrows Fixed Link Options
A study is underway into the feasibility of replacing Scotland's second busiest ferry service with a fixed link bridge or tunnel.   The Highland Council, HITRANS and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are joint funding the study at the Corran Narrows in Lochaber.  
18/2/2020
Trades Services Framework Standstill Period Extended In Highland Council Area
The standstill period under the Council's Trades Services Framework agreement was due to close with effect from Monday 17th February 2020, with the intention of a proposed go live date with the new arrangements and contracts of 24th February.   The standstill period is a defined period of time between the notice of the contract award decision and the award of the contract.  
18/2/2020
Taxi Fares Held Level For Another 18 Months In Highland And Tuk Tuk Licence For Wick RefusedThumbnail for article : Taxi Fares Held Level For Another 18 Months In Highland And Tuk Tuk Licence For Wick Refused
Following a review taxi fares in Highland have been held at the same level by the Highland Council Licensing Committee held on 18 February 2019.   The papers and the debate on this issue can be seen at items six on the webcast - https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/469655 There is a 14 Day period for appeal.  
Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism Programme
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has contracted marketing and business development company, Business and Tourism Solutions (BTS), who will work with Lochaber Chamber of Commerce to deliver the programme.   It will provide intensive engagement, support and interventions for around 50 businesses and providers in the sector across the Highland Council area.  
Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another ViewThumbnail for article : Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another View
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has submitted a planning application for a vertical launch site, Space Hub Sutherland, that it plans to construct on the A' Mhoine peninsula, Melness, near Tongue.  
15/2/2020
Spaceport Planning ApplicationThumbnail for article : Spaceport Planning Application
On 14th February 2020 the Highland council place an advert in the Northern times newspaper regarding the Spaceport planning application as follows.  - THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (SCOTLAND) ACT 1997 TOWN and COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017.  
13/2/2020
Highland councillors approve small rise in council home rents
Members today approved a modest 3% rent increase for residential rents and service charges following detailed consultation with tenants.   The increase will result in a rise in the average weekly council house rent from £75.38 to £77.74 (£2.26), which means that Highland rents are still 8th lowest of the 26 councils which retain housing.  
12/2/2020
Council Tax Scam warning
Highland Council Trading Standards are again warning unsuspecting residents of the emergence of a new Council Tax scam.   Today a call was received by the Council from a Council Tax payer alerting to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are now texting people and informing them that they are due a Council Tax rebate.  
12/2/2020
Chief Social Work Officer's first annual report highlights successes and challenges
Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer's first annual report highlights successes and challenges.` Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer for Highland Council, Karen Ralston, has enjoyed a successful first year in her role.   Members today noted the 2018/19 annual report at the meeting of the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care committee.  
Plans Submitted For Satellite Launch Site In Sutherland
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.   The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.  
11/2/2020
Council publishes Highland Common Good Asset Register
The Highland Council has published the Highland Common Good Asset Register following the completion of a consultation process required by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.   The Register has been published on the Council's website and can be accessed from the download link on the page titled "Common Good Asset Register" or at the following link: https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20010/community_planning/840/common_good_asset_register For ease of reference, the Register has been divided in the separate former Burghs having recorded Common Good Funds - Cromarty, Dingwall, Dornoch, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, Invergordon, Inverness, Nairn and Tain.  
More Pain For Highland As HIE Budget Gets Second Year Of Cuts
According to the draft Scottish Govenment budget, Highlands and Islands Enterprise will get £58.2 million in the upcoming financial year - down from £61.1 million last year.   2018/19 the budget was £71.7 million.  
7/2/2020
Licensing of the public performance of plays
The Highland Licensing Committee, at their meeting on 14 January 2020, made their final resolution in relation to the licensing of the public performance of plays under the public entertainment licensing regime after the repeal of the Theatres Act 1968.   This was after the completion of the 28 day statutory consultation period as set out in section 9 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.  
6/2/2020
Progress for Council's Off-street car parking policyThumbnail for article : Progress for Council's Off-street car parking policy
At a special meeting of the former Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, held in October last year, Councillors agreed a new approach to the introduction of car parking charges across the area that will see a surplus of income split 50/50 with local areas.   At today's (Thursday 6 February) meeting of The Highland Council's new Economy and Infrastructure Committee members had the opportunity to discuss the progress made in implementing the first phase of the off-street car parking policy.  
6/2/2020
Why Payroll Deduction? - Check Out Hi-Scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Why Payroll Deduction? - Check Out Hi-Scot Credit Union
In 2020, HI-Scot credit union's focus is on making saving and borrowing easier for our members, particularly through the use of payroll deduction with businesses across the Highlands and Islands.   Thousands of employees already have access to payroll deduction with HI-Scot, something the credit union wants to build on in the coming year, promoting the service to employees who work with existing partners and showing other businesses the benefits of offering payroll deduction to their staff.  
4/2/2020
Community Council elections - Opportunity for people to represent their local community
In Caithness - Cairhness West.   Nominations are invited from people seeking election to 16 Community Councils across the Highlands that remained unformed after the elections held in December last year.  
NDA group enjoys a big WiN at awards ceremonyThumbnail for article : NDA group enjoys a big WiN at awards ceremony
Employees from across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group have been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony in London.   The Women in Nuclear (WiN) Annual Awards recognises those who have gone above and beyond to promote gender balance and diversity across the nuclear sector.  
31/1/2020
Parking Charges Take Another Step Closer
On 6th February 2020 the newly formed Economy and Infrastructure Committee of Highland Council will consider the way forward and approach to bring in parking charges in a number of areas including Wick and East Caithness.   Item 7 on the agenda for the meeting is Off-Street Car Parking Policy - Update and sets out the way for ward for information and consultations.  
30/1/2020
40 New Jobs Expected In Five Years As Ashley Ann, Wick Plans Further GrowthThumbnail for article : 40 New Jobs Expected In Five Years As Ashley Ann, Wick Plans Further Growth
A Caithness company is planning to invest more than £2m in its Wick plant, in a move that could see up to 40 new jobs created in the town over the next five years.   Family-run Ashley Ann Ltd (AAL) designs and manufactures kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.