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17/9/2019
Trading Standards in Scotland act to drive consumer complaints about motor cars off the number 1 spotThumbnail for article : Trading Standards in Scotland act to drive consumer complaints about motor cars off the number 1 spot
Consumer complaints about second-hand cars have topped the complaints "league table" in Scotland for many years.   Common problems include mechanical issues, misdescribed cars and history.  
6/9/2019
Senior appointments approved to Highland Council executive leadership teamThumbnail for article : Senior appointments approved to Highland Council executive leadership team
As part of The Highland Council's Redesign, the Council has announced two further appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer (ECO).   Stuart Black, Director of Development and Infrastructure, will take up the post of ECO for Transformation and Economy at the end of the month.  
6/9/2019
New Polling Scheme approved
Changes to a number of Polling Districts and Polling Places in the Highlands were agreed yesterday (Thursday 5 September 2019) at the meeting of The Highland Council.   Members approved a new Scheme of Polling Districts and Polling Places that will be in place for the next four years.  
31/8/2019
Golf club opening marks significant investment in HighlandThumbnail for article : Golf club opening marks significant investment in Highland
Kings Golf Club Inverness, (formerly known as Torvean Golf Club), has officially opened a new course and clubhouse on the north side of the A82 trunk road, on the outskirts of Inverness, marking the completion of a £12.35M investment as part of the Inverness West Link Road project.   The official opening ceremony took place today, Friday 30th August 2019, with special guest Bernard Gallagher, former three times Ryder Cup Captain and the Provost of Inverness Helen Carmichael.  
28/8/2019
Council's Capital Investment in CaithnessThumbnail for article : Council's Capital Investment in Caithness
During the Caithness Committee on Tuesday 27 August 2019 Members had the opportunity to review progress of the capital programme for the area and scrutinise the amount of money spent to date.   The current year's capital investment allocation for projects in the Caithness area is £4,210,000.  
28/8/2019
Apply now for Community Transport grantsThumbnail for article : Apply now for Community Transport grants
The Highland Council is now inviting applications for Community Transport grant funding, to cover the three-year period from April 2020 - March 2023.   The Council encourages both current grant recipients and new applicants to submit applications.  
22/8/2019
Householders warned to be aware of bogus workmen
At this time of year many householders are thinking of their gardens, keeping them tidy or seeing to those jobs that need done before the weather turns.   This is also the same time of year for criminals to take advantage of this and prey on the unsuspecting.  
22/8/2019
Council Funded Advice services assist 22,000 customers, exceed £22.5 million in financial gains
In excess of 22,000 customers were assisted by the Council's Welfare Support Team and Citizens Advice during 2018/19 for support with welfare, debt and housing issues.  3,372 customers were helped by the Welfare Support Team and 18,777 clients were assisted by Citizens Advice.  
22/8/2019
Members agree top priority for New Schools Investment Programme
Members have, at a special council meeting today, agreed a top priority for the Scottish Government New Schools Investment Programme bid.   Members agreed that the proposed Tain 3-18 Campus project is nominated as The Highland Council's priority for consideration by the Scottish Government for inclusion in the initial phase of the New Schools Investment Programme with a delivery timescale by the end of 2021.  
22/8/2019
Chromebook rollout prepares pupils for new era of digital learningThumbnail for article : Chromebook rollout prepares pupils for new era of digital learning
The Council has successfully distributed more than 20,000 Chromebook devices to all its schools to support learners to acquire key technology and life skills in facilitating a digitally enabled generation.   Based on the ICT in Learning Strategic Action Plan 2015, The Highland Council started the Chromebook Project in November 2017 where every pupil in P6-S6 will be allocated a Chromebook for their use in school and at home for educational purposes and P1-P5 pupils will have access to Chromebooks at school on a 1:5 ratio.  
22/8/2019
Highland Placement Programme improves children's lives immeasurably
Considerable effort has been focussed on returning young people to Highland.   Since the Councils enhanced Placement Programme began in June 2018, 34 young people have returned to Highland or circumvented OOA (Out of Authority) avoiding costs of over £5M as compared with these young people remaining out of area for a year.  
19/8/2019
New Restrictions on construction and demolition waste at recycling centresThumbnail for article : New Restrictions on construction and demolition waste at recycling centres
Measures to be put in place to cut down amount of construction and demolition waste collected at Household Waste Recycling Centres.   The Highland Council will be putting measures in place to restrict the amount of construction and demolition waste bought to its network of 21 Household Waste Recycling Centres.  
19/8/2019
A Warm Highland Welcome For Probationer TeachersThumbnail for article : A Warm Highland Welcome For Probationer Teachers
One hundred and seventeen (117) probationer teachers were recently welcomed to Highland at an Induction course held at Millburn Academy in Inverness.   The probationer teachers' induction day is the first of a number of professional learning events throughout the year specifically arranged to support probationer teacher induction and their ongoing professional learning.  
16/8/2019
Highland Council Launches Visitor Levy ConsultationThumbnail for article : Highland Council Launches Visitor Levy Consultation
Highland Council today (15 August 2019) launched a consultation on a potential Highland Transient Visitor Levy.   The Council has not yet made a decision on whether to implement a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL), also known as a Tourist Tax.  
13/8/2019
Public warned of algal bloom presence at Loch Watten, CaithnessThumbnail for article : Public warned of algal bloom presence at Loch Watten, Caithness
The Highland Council is warning the public of the presence of an algal bloom at Loch Watten, Caithness, following an examination of sample water on Monday (12/08/19).   As a precautionary measure, environmental health have posted notices next to the water body, warning that contact with the algal scum or material should be avoided.  
13/8/2019
Iot Scotland Welcomes First Customer As The Highland Council Introduces Transformational Water Monitoring TechnologyThumbnail for article : Iot Scotland Welcomes First Customer As The Highland Council Introduces Transformational Water Monitoring Technology
IoT Scotland has welcomed its first customer after The Highland Council selected the open access network to provide IoT connectivity for an innovative and transformational water monitoring contract.   The Highland Council awarded a three-year contract to Dundee-based IoT Scotland partner M2M Cloud to roll out their Neptune water-monitoring sensor technology to over one hundred buildings across their estate.  
13/8/2019
National Award for local Trading Standards InvestigatorThumbnail for article : National Award for local Trading Standards Investigator
An officer in the Highland Council's Trading Standards team has won a UK award for her work on anti-counterfeiting and protecting consumers.   Lynn Foster was presented with the Dave Hankinson Memorial Award for Individual Excellence by Phil Lewis, Director General of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG).  
9/8/2019
Council makes appeal for information on effects of climate change
The Highland Council, in partnership with Adaptation Scotland, have launched a survey asking local communities and businesses to share their experiences about how they have been affected by severe weather and climate change over the past few years.   While the impacts of climate change and extreme weather are already being felt across the Highlands, from damage to infrastructure, to disruption of vital services and a shift in growing seasons, more information is needed about how local communities and businesses are being affected.  
6/8/2019
Highland pupils achieve excellent resultsThumbnail for article : Highland pupils achieve excellent results
Highland S4 pupils have recorded excellent levels of National 5 awards with 45% pupils in S5 achieving 5 National 5s - an increase of 6% since 2015 and an increase of 2.5 % compared to last year.   There has also been a significant increase (8%) in the number of passes in Higher English - 94% passed this year compared to 86% last year.  
24/7/2019
Executive Chief Officers appointed by The Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : Executive Chief Officers appointed by The Highland Council
As part of The Highland Council's re-design, the Council has made three appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer.   Taking up appointment on 13 August 2019 is Liz Denovan , Executive Chief Officer - Resources and Finance; Carron McDiarmid, Executive Chief Officer - Customer and Communities takes up post in September and Lesley Weber starts on 25 September as Executive Chief Officer - Health and Social Care.