Local government unions have today issued notices of industrial action to local authorities across Scotland in a dispute over pay for council workers. The Joint Trade Unions have between them mandates to take action in half of Scotland's local authority areas.
The sum represents a 70% shift and comes as The Caithness Collection - which includes the Norseman Hotel in Wick, Thurso's Pentland Hotel and the Castletown Hotel - reaches the end of a 24-month deal next week. Owner Andrew Mackay says the best quote on offer will take the annual cost to almost £130,000.
The Highland Climate Change Conference is taking place tomorrow (Thursday 21) and Friday 22 October 2021. The Conference will bring people together from across and beyond Highland to discuss the climate and ecological emergency, ahead of COP26 next month.
Ahead of the Highland Climate Change Conference this week and the Highland Council meeting on 28 October, Council Leader Margaret Davidson highlighted the green ambitions of the Council. She said: "I am delighted there was cross chamber support at our meeting of Highland Council, on 9 September, for a Future Highlands Strategy, with the development of a Green Energy Hub in Highland at its heart.
Lews Castle College UHI, North Highland College UHI and West Highland College UHI align to unlock new opportunities for students, staff and local communities in the Highlands and Islands. Three colleges are involved in a strategic project that seeks to bring together Lews Castle College UHI, North Highland College UHI and West Highland College UHI.
Dark nights are drawing in and Wick Players have organised club nights to have some fun. Check the poster for details..
Businesses in rural areas across Scotland are being encouraged to take part in a new Rural Business Panel survey, which gets underway this week. More than 2,700 firms are to be contacted for their views on topics such as economic confidence, business performance and optimism, as well as current concerns such as financing, increased costs, supply chain issues and labour challenges.
Yesterday, in slightly unfamiliar circumstamces due to Covid, we held our annual prizegiving ceremony. Sadly, it was not the same without parents/carers and associated guests, but nevertheless the outstanding achievements of so many of our pupils were evident.
More than 4,000 youngsters across the Highlands are now learning a musical instrument - the highest level since High Life Highland started lessons. The charity began offering music lessons when the service transferred over in 2017 with 2,900 pupils.
The investment will support the delivery of nine different projects from across the region, including new visitor facilities, services and installations at mountain resorts, as well as investment to reduce carbon impacts at key visitor sites and buildings. The financial support is being distributed by HIE on behalf of the Scottish Government, which has pledged £3.95m to help Scotland's tourism industry be greener and more sustainable.
Covid vaccination times for Caithness Secondary pupils. The link below will take you to the NHS Highland website where you will find the link to the consent form and information leaflet, if you require it, together with dates of all clinics.
The first roof beams have been lifted into place at Dounreay's newest shielded radioactive waste store. Seventy six beams, weighing a total of 1,400 tonnes, the equivalent of 116 double decker buses, are needed to complete the mammoth roof structure which will have a total weight of 3,300 tonnes.
The ballot for Pentland tenants to decide if they want to transfer to Cairn Housing Association has opened with participants able to easily vote by post, phone, text message or online. The transfer will only go ahead if a majority of tenants vote YES before the ballot closes on 2nd November.
Virgin Money will close 31 of its 162 branches in the coming months as more customers shift to online banking. The Wick branch was part of the Clydesdale network before being acquired by Virgin.
A new report launched (Wednesday 29th September 2021), commissioned by Caithness Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, demonstrates the economic benefits that Space Hub Sutherland will bring to the North Highland and Moray areas. Space Hub Sutherland - a new satellite launch site - will bring huge employment and tourism benefits to the Scottish Highlands.
The Banking Protocol is a rapid response scheme that will enable credit union staff to alert police when they suspect a customer is being scammed. Police will attend the branch within the timeframe of an emergency response, enabling them to provide an effective customer intervention, secure evidence to enable them to investigate the potential scam and sometimes catch fraudsters in the act.
The Chairs of two Highland Council Area Committees have spoken of their relief that the voices of communities have been heard following the announcement yesterday that the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Housing and Planning Committee have recommend that the proposals by Boundaries Scotland to change the electoral wards in Highland be rejected. Chair of the Sutherland Committee, Councillor Richard Gale said: "I am delighted with this result.
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has recently awarded two grants that will help to create new facilities to enhance outdoor recreation and learning activities. Wick Golf Club has been granted £30,000 towards the costs of creating a new workshop and coaching facility at the Wick Golf Club grounds.
The Highland Climate Change Conference is taking place on Thursday 21 and Friday 21 October 2021. Chair of Highland Council's Climate Change Working Group, Cllr Trish Robertson, said: "The conference is a fantastic opportunity to bring people together from across and beyond Highland to discuss the climate and ecological emergency.
Members of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee (which took place yesterday, Thursday 23 September) were presented with a report outlining the areas of work which have been undertaken by Highland Council's Internal Audit section since the Committee’s previous meeting during June 2021. Of the five audit reports considered, three were given the audit opinions of significant assurance or full assurance.