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16/10/2018
Still time to have your say on Longman Materials Recovery Facility
Following a pre-planning drop-in session at the end of September 2018, The Highland Council has given the public a further 28 days to share their views and comment on the proposal for a new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at the Longman landfill site in Inverness.   The public can now visit the Council's website to find out more about the MRF and to share their views on the proposal.  
12/10/2018
New Head of Education appointed by Highland Council
Dr James Vance, Head Teacher at Culloden Academy has been appointed as interim Head of Education Services with The Highland Council's Care and Learning Service.   Dr Vance, who starts his new employment in January 2019, will be based at the Council's headquarters on Glenurquhart Road, Inverness.  
5/10/2018
Highland Council submits plans for Archimedes screw hydroelectric schemeThumbnail for article : Highland Council submits plans for Archimedes screw hydroelectric scheme
The Highland Council has submitted a planning application for a low head hydroelectric development at the Torvean Weir on the River Ness at land 430m south west of Highland Rugby Club, on Bught Road, Inverness Using an Archimedes screw the hydroelectric scheme will have a generating capacity of up to 100kW and an average annual renewable energy output of approximately 600,000 kWh per annum.  The renewable energy generated will return an income to the Council through the Feed in Tariff mechanism and be connected to the local Archive Centre and leisure centre.  
3/10/2018
Two Caithness Takeaways Closed By Highland Council Environmental Health
Joint operation identifies poor standards of food safety and staff living accommodation.   Highland Council Environmental Health Officers were required to take formal enforcement action regarding poor standards of food safety during a recent multi-agency operation led by Immigration Enforcement.  
3/10/2018
It's a Recycling Centre, not a dump!Thumbnail for article : It's a Recycling Centre, not a dump!
Highland Council residents are being urged to remember to recycle when they visit Recycling Centres.  Historically, the general public have viewed Recycling Centres as the ‘dump' or the ‘tip’, however times have changed and with the need to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and increase how much we all recycle, the Council would like encourage householders to take the time to separate their items before they go to a Recycling Centre.  
3/10/2018
Visitor levy (Tourist Tax) consultation welcomed
The Scottish Government's announcement of a consultation on the introduction of a visitor levy ("tourist tax") has been welcomed by The Highland Council.   Convener Bill Lobban recently gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee, where he emphasised the importance of tourism to the Highlands.  
3/10/2018
Chance to comment on Review of Highland Polling Districts and PlacesThumbnail for article : Chance to comment on Review of Highland Polling Districts and Places
The Highland Council is carrying out the formal review of its Polling Districts and Places.  This review is required in terms of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 as all polling districts and polling places should be reviewed at least every four years.  
17/9/2018
New Chief Exec Appointed To The Highland Council - Donna MansonThumbnail for article : New Chief Exec Appointed To The Highland Council - Donna Manson
The Highland Council has appointed a new Chief Executive.  The successful candidate is Donna Manson, currently Service Director for Children and Young People in the Scottish Borders.  
17/9/2018
Trade Unions Recommend Reject Vote On Revised Local Government Pay Offer
Local services throughout Scotland could be plunged into crisis after - UNISON, Unite and the GMB - wrote to COSLA to say they will recommend their members reject their revised pay offer when they consult them in the coming weeks.   The revised pay offer, made by COSLA on 6th September 2018, was a 3% increase for all local government workers earning up to £80,000, but the trade unions are angry that this is below inflation and does not improve low pay.  
7/9/2018
Highland Council Considers Planning For 3-year Budget Gap
The Highland Council has agreed to plan for a potential budget gap of £66.7 million over the next three years.   It was agreed by Members in June to develop plans for a multi-year budget for the next 3 financial years (2019-22) to meet the challenge of a potential funding gap dependent on a wide range of variables.  
7/9/2018
Response to Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme Consultation
Members have discussed the consultation and proposed response to a review of the structure of the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme.   The Highland Council Pension Fund is one of eleven constituent funds of the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme.  
6/9/2018
Council seeks new staff to ensure Highland's children get the best start in life
The Highland Council is looking for experienced staff or existing managers to drive the Early Learning and Childcare initiative forward, to ensure our youngest children get the best start in life and are ready to succeed.   The Council will be almost doubling the provision of early learning and childcare over the next two years.  
6/9/2018
Highland Council supports moves to improve local democracy
The Highland Council is encouraging local community groups to participate in the Scottish Government's Local Governance Review.   Members have today considered the work to date preparing for The Highland Council's contribution to the Local Governance Review.  
6/9/2018
Leadership Award Secures Funding For DevelopmentThumbnail for article : Leadership Award Secures Funding For Development
High Life Highland today announced that it has been successful in an application to the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund, to support its HLH Leadership Programme.  "Choose to Lead" will be a Leadership Award that will be recognised by the SCQF Framework and accreditation of the award will be carried out by the University of The Highlands and Islands.  
5/9/2018
Positive progress on strategic review of public conveniencesThumbnail for article : Positive progress on strategic review of public conveniences
Progress on the Highland Council's review of its public conveniences has been welcomed by the Council's Administration.   Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Environment Development and Infrastructure Committee said: "It's important that we put the review into context and acknowledge that Highland Council is the largest provider of public conveniences in the UK.  
29/8/2018
Wick High school positive destination news welcomed by Caithness CouncillorsThumbnail for article : Wick High school positive destination news welcomed by Caithness Councillors
Caithness Councillors have welcomed information that shows progress being made in respect of destinations of pupils on leaving Wick High School in recent years.  The information was presented at the Caithness Area Committee meeting held in Wick on Tuesday 28 August.  
29/8/2018
Highland Council Takes Action To Address Overspends In Its Budget
The Corporate Revenue Monitoring Statement for Quarter 1 (Apr - June 18), has been considered by the Council's Corporate Resources Committee.  The paper sets out actions to address the projected 1% overspend of £5.1m.  
27/8/2018
New Probationer Teachers In HighlandThumbnail for article : New Probationer Teachers In Highland
One hundred and nineteen probationer teachers were recently welcomed to the Highlands at an Induction Course held in Smithton Free Church Hall.   We were also delighted to welcome a group of 13 new Canadian teachers, recruited through our agency partners TimePlan Education who will work in our primary and secondary schools across the authority.  
23/8/2018
Highland Council Budget Leader Announces Further Squeeze on SpendingThumbnail for article : Highland Council Budget Leader Announces Further Squeeze on Spending
Budget Leader highlights early action required to address overspend.   The Corporate Revenue Monitoring Statement for Quarter 1 (Apr - June 18), which will go to the Council's Corporate Resources Committee next week, is projecting a £5.1 m overspend for the year.  
22/8/2018
Council to consult on set school Easter holiday
A proposal to set a fixed school holiday for the first 2 weeks in April each year from 2019 onwards will go out to consultation by The Highland Council's Care and Learning Service.   The service will consult with Head Teachers, Parent Councils, the Local Negotiating Committee for Teacher representatives and other relevant educational establishments in Highland.