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Boost For New Tourism Business In MorayThumbnail for article : Boost For New Tourism Business In Moray
A project to create a new luxury venue and holiday accommodation in Moray has secured up to £100,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The project, by Rothes Glen Limited (RGL), will create up to ten new full-time equivalent jobs in rural Speyside.  
25/2/2021
Highland Council Staff Numbers Underspend Helps To Create A £3million SurplusThumbnail for article : Highland Council Staff Numbers Underspend Helps To Create A £3million Surplus
The Corporate Resources Committee of Highland council debated the latest account to December 2020 that show an underspend in staffing costs of £14,474.   This saving has helped to create a surplus and stated in the report "at current projections for the year-end outturn position suggest a net year end budget surplus of £3.1m, a significant improvement from the £8.7m forecast overspend reported to this committee in November." Councillor Matthew Reiss appeared today to chair the meeting of the Corporate Resource committee following the resignation of councillor Alister Mackinnon.  
MSP, Rhoda Grant has slammed Michael Matheson MSP's performance in defence of HIAL's Air Traffic CentralisationThumbnail for article : MSP, Rhoda Grant has slammed Michael Matheson MSP's performance in defence of HIAL's Air Traffic Centralisation
The centralisation of air traffic services in the Highlands was the fore again yesterday at the petitions committee of the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 24th February 2021.   The importance of the issue for outlying areas in terms of connectivity and employment were highlighted.  
25/2/2021
Partnership Approach Provides Food Support for Highland Households
To help mitigate the persistent uncertainty and challenges arising from the pandemic, the Highland Council continues its humanitarian support, in partnership with the Community Food Initiative North East (CFINE), which operates FareShare Scotland in the north of Scotland.   With funding from the Scottish Government and donations from supermarkets and food suppliers, FareShare, the Highland Council, local community groups and the Third Sector have adopted a collaborative and co-ordinated approach to food support for the wellbeing of households across the Highlands.  
24/2/2021
Launch Of £15 Million Scottish Community Lenders Fund
A new £15 million fund has been announced to support affordable lending services.   It will support Credit Unions and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) which offer financial help to those who have poor credit and are often turned away from high street banks.  
23/2/2021
Busy Gills HarbourThumbnail for article : Busy Gills Harbour
Its been a busy few days at local community-owned Gills Harbour .....  sometimes in suberb sunny weather as here ...  
NDA Innovation Competition Winners Have Been Announced - £3.9 MillionThumbnail for article : NDA Innovation Competition Winners Have Been Announced - £3.9 Million
14 successful companies have been awarded contracts to come up with innovative approaches to remotely sort and segregate radioactive waste.   The ‘Sort and Seg' innovation competition, worth £3.9 million in total, was launched in July 2020.  
22/2/2021
In-school Learning Returns For Some Pupils Across Highland
School communities across Highland are being encouraged to remain vigilant on safety measures as a partial school return begins today.   Chair of the Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson said: "I am delighted to see the return of some of our pupils to education settings across Highland today.  
20/2/2021
Caithness Committee discusses Wick and Thurso Active Travel MasterplansThumbnail for article : Caithness Committee discusses Wick and Thurso Active Travel Masterplans
This item was discussed at the meeting and is available on video below.   Members of the Highland Council's Caithness Committee have had the opportunity to review and comment on the two updated Active Travel Masterplans for Wick and Thurso aimed at making it safer for people to walk and cycle in and around the towns.  
20/2/2021
Town Centre Funding to improve Caithness CCTVThumbnail for article : Town Centre Funding to improve Caithness CCTV
Members of the Caithness Committee have agreed to use Town Centre Funding to invest in the CCTV infrastructure for both Wick and Thurso.   £16,100 will be used to digitalise the existing aging analogue public space CCTV system in Wick town centre and connection of the new system into the council's CCTV monitoring office with £25,625 to do the same for Thurso town centre.  
NDA Appoints Lawrie Haynes As New Chair Designate For DounreayThumbnail for article : NDA Appoints Lawrie Haynes As New Chair Designate For Dounreay
David Peattie, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, has announced the appointment of Lawrie Haynes as Chair Designate of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.  (DSRL).  
17/2/2021
Preparation continues for phased return of Highland pupils
Letters to parents, senior-phase pupils and supportive information to school staff will be issued this week to explain the phased return to schools for some pupils on 22 February, in line with today's announcements and new guidance issued by the Scottish Government.   A large amount of work and progress has already been achieved to prepare our schools for the return of P1-P3 children and Senior Phase students who will return for essential practical activities for certification, and we will continue to provide in school remote provision for our key worker and most vulnerable learners.  
16/2/2021
Non-domestic Rates Relief Extended - No Charges For All Of 21/22 and more....
Retail, tourism, hospitality and aviation businesses will pay no rates during 2021-22 under proposals outlined today.   It is one of a series of measures proposed by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes following confirmation of a further £1.1 billion of consequential funding arising from UK Government coronavirus (COVID-19) spending.  
14/2/2021
As Rent Arrears Soar England Extends Eviction BanThumbnail for article : As Rent Arrears Soar England Extends Eviction Ban
Housing Secretary extends support for renters during pandemic.   Renters will continue to be supported during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions, with an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions.  
The Latest Fraser Of Allander Scottish Business Monitor
This week we published our latest Scottish Business Monitor in partnership with Addleshaw Goddard.  You can read the latest Scottish Business Monitor in full here.  
The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 - What It MeansThumbnail for article : The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 - What It Means
The Institute for government has produce a paper explaining the Act.   The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, which became law on 17 December 2020, will govern the trading relationship between the nations of the UK.  
12/2/2021
Temporary road closures in Wick
On Tuesday 16 February 2021 from 9:30 until 17:00, motorists are being advised by The Highland Council that two streets in Wick will be temporary closed to allow KIER to safely carry out Iron work repairs.   U3529 Grant Street, Wick, will be closed from its junction with the U3560 Huddart Street to its junction with C1073 Macarthur Street U3560 Huddart Street, Wick, will closed from its junction with the U3654 Smith Terrace to its junction with U3569 Kinnaird Street.  
12/2/2021
Caithness Area Committee - 21 January 2021 - VideoThumbnail for article : Caithness Area Committee - 21 January 2021 - Video
The agenda was hanged to take the Caithness Horizons paper first.   Read the Agenda Read the Supplementary Agenda Item 3: Minutes Report, 124.69 KB Item 5: Police - Area Performance Summary Report, 75.13 KB.  
11/2/2021
Ongoing rollout of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) 1140 hours
Members at today's Education committee were updated on the ongoing rollout of 1140 hours of funded ELC provision in Highland.  194 ELC settings in Highland are now delivering 1140 hours, with a further 15 settings planned to move to 1140 hours in April 2021.  
11/2/2021
Short, medium and long term action plan agreed at Education Committee
At today's (11 February 2021) meeting of the Council's Education Committee, Members agreed on The Highland Council's Education and Learning three-year draft action plan covering short, medium and longer term priorities.  This plan is currently the focus of consultation with all of our Highland schools, and ongoing collaboration with schools will underpin its future development.