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Consultation Launched On Subsea Cable Replacement in Pentland Firth
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has launched a consultation into plans to replace a subsea cable in the Pentland Firth.   According to the company, routine inspections have identified that the Pentland Firth East cable is coming to the end of its operational life and needs replacing.  
Ancient Artefacts Uncovered By A9 Berriedale Road SchemeThumbnail for article : Ancient Artefacts Uncovered By A9 Berriedale Road Scheme
Michael Matheson visited the £9.6m major road improvement project of the A9 at Berriedale Braes, Caithness on Thursday 29th August 2019 to see some of the ancient finds discovered during the archaeological excavations undertaken in advance of construction.   The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity also viewed the progress of the construction work to remove the notorious hairpin bend on the A9, which is on schedule to be completed by next spring, subject to exceptionally adverse weather.  
More electric vehicle charging pointsThumbnail for article : More electric vehicle charging points
A £7.5 million project between the public and private sectors has been established to deliver more electric vehicle charging points and ensure the infrastructure needed to support these is put in place.   The new strategic partnership will include Transport Scotland, SP Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).  
£1 Million For Social Enterprises
Rural communities to benefit from digital hub.   Charities and voluntary organisations such as women's aid groups, food banks and youth clubs are set to benefit from £1 million of new funding.  
Growing The Primary Care Workforce A Significant ChallengeThumbnail for article : Growing The Primary Care Workforce A Significant Challenge
The Scottish Government is facing a significant challenge to increase the number of people working in GP surgeries, says the public spending watchdog.   Expanding the GP-based workforce is a key to the government's aim of moving more care into the community.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 30 August 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (August, 30th) sold 111 rams and 100 gimmers at its eighth annual ‘Great from Grass' on farm sale at Fearn Farm, Tain, on behalf of Messrs J Scott & Partners.   Texel shearlings (37) averaged £683.35 (£674.05 last year) and sold to 1,250 guineas twice.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 29 August 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August 29th) sold 9,180 store lambs at their annual sale.   Cheviot wedder lambs (3,939) averaged £47.86 (+£3.17 on the year) and sold to £65.00 gross from Struie Villa, Embo.  
New patient accommodation at Raigmore officially openedThumbnail for article : New patient accommodation at Raigmore officially opened
A new patient accommodation facility at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness was officially opened last week.   Loch Court is the second patient accommodation facility to be offered for the use of patients by NHS Highland.  
A new intermediate waste store is being constructed at Dounreay.Thumbnail for article : A new intermediate waste store is being constructed at Dounreay.
The first concrete pour has taken place on a new waste store at Dounreay that will be needed for the closure of the site.   Dounreay awarded the contract to construct the new intermediate level waste store to GRAHAM Construction Ltd.  
Social business programme launches across the Highlands and Islands
People with a business idea that will benefit their local community or environment will soon have access to a new programme of support, being launched across the Highlands and Islands.   Known as the Social Start-Up School, the innovative programme will be delivering four locally focused initiatives.  
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.  
5g Blueprint
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a new plan that will put Scotland at the forefront of the 5G technological revolution.   5G is the next generation of mobile internet, offering faster speeds and enhanced connectivity that could transform transport, education, healthcare and agriculture among other sectors.  
£3.4m For Tidal Energy
Scottish Government funding of £3.4 million has been awarded to help build the world's most powerful floating tidal turbine.   Scottish engineering company Orbital Marine Power (Orbital) has been awarded the money as the first recipient of the Scottish Government’s £10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.  
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.  
Transport Secretary fails to answer MSP's call for PSO on Wick routes
Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, has failed to answer a Highlands and Islands MSP's call for consideration of a Public Service Obligation on Wick airline routes.   Labour MSP, David Stewart, wrote to Mr Matheson last month following concern from Caithness Chamber of Commerce and airline company Eastern Airways about the continued viability of airline services.  
Best Start Grant Pays Out Nearly £13 Million
The new Best Start Grant package is putting more money in the pockets of low income families than the DWP system it replaced.   Since it started making Best Start Grant payments last December, Social Security Scotland has made more than 42,000 payments to families in Scotland, totalling £12.9 million.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 27 August 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 27th) sold 15 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (2) averaged 205.4p (+2.4p) and sold to 210.0p per kg and £1,206.00 gross.  
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.  
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.  
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.