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Economic benefits of £745m Aberdeen by-pass highlighted
Around 50% of traffic has shifted from Aberdeen city onto the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route since it fully opened in February - easing congestion and improving air quality in the north east.   Initial monitoring by Transport Scotland also found key journey times have been reduced by half, even during rush hour, through the 36-mile AWPR route between Stonehaven and south of Ellon.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
SpaceHub Sutherland: The team continued with a programme of drop-in events on the ground around the area this week, running drop-in events at the Village Hall in Skerray and the Kinlochbervie Hotel.  For details on the project and the programme of events see Energy & Business Services: As previously highlighted, a meeting was held in Thurso to highlight the newly-established DeepWind Offshore Supply Chain Cluster.  
Holy Grass Vodka - The Cold Brew Coffee EditionThumbnail for article : Holy Grass Vodka - The Cold Brew Coffee Edition
This May, Dunnet Bay Distillers, will launch a new permanent addition to its portfolio - Holy Grass Vodka - Cold Brew Coffee Edition.   This delicious coffee flavoured vodka has been created in partnership with Glasgow based, the Ovenbird Coffee Roasters.  
Highland Council Final Accounts For 2018/19 Show Improved Position
A greatly improved financial position is to be reported to the council's Corporate Resources Committee meeting next week for the financial year 2018/19.  The position reflects the overspend reducing by £3M due to management actions in recent months.  
Highland Council confirms commitment to Food For Life
Already leading the way when it comes to providing nutritional school meals, The Highland Council has reaffirmed its commitment to put more local fresh seasonal food on school dinner plates.   Catherine Pendreigh, Food for Life Partnerships Manager at the Soil Association gave a presentation at today's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee on the accreditation already awarded to Highland Council's school meals and how this could be further developed in the future.  
Town Centre Funding Of £265,290 For Caithness
Members of The Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee have welcomed new funding to stimulate economic investments in Highland town centres to help them diversify and flourish.   In partnership with COSLA The Scottish Government have provided £50m capital to set up the Town Centre Fund 2019-2020.  
Community asset transfers approved by Councillors
Two Highland communities have had their requests for buildings to be transferred over to them approved by The Highland Council At todays (Thursday 16 May 2019) Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee members agreed to transfer the Bettyhill Visitor Centre to the Strathnaver Museum, creating an opportunity for an enhanced cultural heritage and community "hub" in the far north.   Until recently the Visitor Centre with a cafe, situated next to the Strathnaver Museum, was run by Visit Scotland.  
Final Beatrice Turbine CommissionedThumbnail for article : Final Beatrice Turbine Commissioned
The last of 84 offshore wind turbines was commissioned on 15th May 2019 which has been completed on time and under budget after three years of construction.   The final 7MW Siemens Gamesa turbine was installed in the Outer Moray Firth, around 13km off the coast of Caithness, bringing the site's total installed capacity to 588MW - enough to provide clean, low carbon energy to over 450,000 homes.  
Step forward for trial air services between Skye and Glasgow
At today's 16 May 2019 meeting of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors gave the go ahead for the Chair to write to the Transport Secretary on behalf of the Council, HITRANS and HIE seeking financial and technical support to enable the establishment of trial air services between Skye and Glasgow.   In March the Skye and Raasay Committee met to discuss the Skye aerodrome, specifically operational matters, revised fees and the scope to reintroduce trial air services between the island and Glasgow utilising and upgrading the existing airstrip at Ashaig Today the EDI Committee also approved the recommendation of the Skye and Raasay Committee that an additional £170K of funding be provided to undertake further engagement with statutory bodies and for preparation work, including obtaining necessary licenses and upgraded airport facilities.  
Council Warning Over Illegally Imported Puppies - Think About It
The Highland Council is warning anyone considering buying a puppy to ensure they buy from reputable sources.  Concerns have been raised that people are illegally importing dogs from Europe to sell without the correct health checks or paperwork.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 15 May 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 15th) sold 421 store cattle.   Bullocks (258) averaged 235.0p and sold to 275.5p per kg for a pen of 363kg Aberdeen Angus crosses from Altyre Estate, Forres and £1,190 gross for a 631kg Simmental cross from Wester Moy, Urray.  
Car Parking Charges Have Begun - Watch Where You ParkThumbnail for article : Car Parking Charges Have Begun - Watch Where You Park
Parking Enforcement is coming to a street near you.   With the Decriminalisation of Parking Enforcement, and establishment of the Highland Council Parking Services in 2016, the local authority has committed to the roll-out of enforcement activities across all population centres in Highland.  
Progress For Inverness Castle TransformationThumbnail for article : Progress For Inverness Castle Transformation
Progress in the transformation of Inverness Castle to become a new visitor attraction for the city was marked today with the announcement of contracts awarded to the architect and the creative director for the project.   The Inverness Castle project forms part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region deal.  
Vulnerable Witnesses Bill Passed
Legislation to ensure more child witnesses are able to pre-record evidence ahead of jury trials has been passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament.   The Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill will minimise distress and improve the quality of evidence given as it will be recorded at an earlier stage in proceedings for the most serious offences.  
Free Insulation - working late night Friday & whole day SaturdayThumbnail for article : Free Insulation - working late night Friday & whole day Saturday
Insulation Kings are working in Thurso and surrounding areas , we offer Free Room In Roof insulation to Home owners who are off mains gas, have a room in roof (slopes coombes in upstairs room ) , fixed staircase leading to it then they will qualify.   This work will save up to 25% on annual energy bills & add value to property! All work is regulated and company is fully insured.  
Sturrock Review Into Bullying At NHS Highland
The Full Sturrock Review Can read HERE The Scottish Government Full Response To the Review Can Be Read HERE Response to Sturrock Review on NHS Highland.   A summit will be held this summer to consider what more can be done to promote positive workplace practices across the NHS.  
Wick Councillors Announce Follow-up Meetings In Town Centre Regeneration Plan
Plans for a town centre regeneration in Wick have taken another step forward with the announcement of two further stakeholder meetings.   On Tuesday 28 May2019, town centre retailers are invited to join Ward 3 councillors and Highland Council officers for a workshop exploring some of the key themes identified during the first round of engagement, which took place on 16 May.  
Free MOT certificate copies to save motorists £6 millionThumbnail for article : Free MOT certificate copies to save motorists £6 million
Motorists in Great Britain are set to save up to £6 million per year thanks to a new DVSA online service.  This allows them to get a free copy MOT certificate if they've lost theirs, instead of paying an MOT centre up to £10 for one.  
Farming For A Better Climate
A new farmer-led initiative to drive low-carbon, environmentally sustainable farming practices in Scotland has been launched.   Under reforms to the Farming For a Better Climate (FFBC) programme, a new group will be established to trail and develop ideas on farms which could provide practical, innovative solutions to help climate change mitigation.  
Provisional Scottish sea fisheries statistics 2018
Latest figures show that in 2018, Scottish-registered fishing vessels landed 445 thousand tonnes of sea fish and shellfish with a value of £572 million.  This represents an decrease of 20 thousand tonnes[1] (4%) and an increase of £12 million (no significant change in real terms[2]) from 2017.