Officers from Police Scotland working with a range of partner agencies have worked together to remove a number of abandoned and untaxed vehicles from the roads of the Highlands. Road policing officers have supported the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Highland Council Environmental Health enforcement officers along with other partners including the Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs in carrying out enforcement action across the north of Scotland.
The priorities by which The Highland Council will grit roads in Caithness this winter have been approved. At the Caithness Committee meeting (Tuesday 21 November 2017) members approved a winter maintenance plan for the area which includes priority road lists and maps showing the priority gritting routes.
The directors of restaurants in Antrim, Glasgow, Bognor Regis and Newport, South Wales are amongst the latest company directors to receive lengthy bans for employing illegal workers. In all, 20 directors in 16 separate businesses across the United Kingdom have been disqualified recently, following investigations by the Insolvency Service, all of whom were already fined for employing illegal workers.
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday, 23 November 2017 are as follows: Caithness and North Sutherland: Most of the higher routes in north Sutherland affected with up to 100mm wet snow, some of the lower routes inland up to 50mm wet snow, all routes in Caithness affected by minor flooding. Some of the main routes have major flooding with signage in place.
Met Office Warnings Issued For: Highland Yellow warning of ice Expect some icy patches to form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths on Thursday evening and overnight into Friday. There is a risk of slippery surfaces and difficult driving conditions.
Paul Johnson is a director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and gives his view of yesterdays budget. The person making the news yesterday was not the chancellor, it was the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), Robert Chote.
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol will come into force on 1 May 2018. Health Secretary Shona Robison this week updated MSPs on the plans and confirmed a consultation on the preferred minimum unit price of 50 pence will be published next week.
The Budget offers no plan to fix the housing crisis - John Healey John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to the Chancellor's announcements on housing in the Budget, said: "This is a ‘nothing has changed' Budget from a Government with no idea of the reality of people's lives and no plan to improve them. This was billed as the ‘housing budget', but the announcements fall far short of a proper plan to help fix the housing crisis.
The UK Government's budget does not represent a good deal for Scotland, as a consequence of a real terms cut to Scotland's revenue block grant of over £200m next year. Commenting on today's UK Government budget Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said that Scotland is being "short changed".
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 23rd) sold 1,982 store sheep. Lambs (1,186) averaged £36.04 and sold to £71 gross for a pen of Hebrideans from Bogburn Farm, Duncanston.
Wick Lifeboat called out by Shetland Coastguard at 09:35 this morning to go to the aid of a cargo vessel 'Jomi', half a mile offshore in Sinclair's Bay, Caithness. They had reported dragging its anchor in the Easterly swell and unable to get its engine started.
Businesses and organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) as part of the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund. Funding can be used to support a wide range of projects that will boost the local economy and create jobs within the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries including tourism and seafood sectors.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 22nd) sold 805 store cattle, 153 adult head of breeding cattle 141 OTM cattle. Bullocks (417) averaged 228.1p and sold to 303.5p per kilo for a 290kg British Blue cross from Shewglie Farm, Glenurquhart, and £1,200 gross for a 605kg Limousin cross from 4 Glaick, Ardross.
The Chancellor announced a freeze on spirits duty. The freeze will give our world leading distillers the confidence needed to invest and grow their businesses and encourage new firms to enter the market.
The Chancellor today announced a tax measure that will unlock further investment in the UK North Sea by enabling more assets to change hands and allow new owners to provide fresh investment in many mature oil and gas fields. Oil & Gas UK has been working constructively with HM Treasury for a number of years on measures to help further unlock asset trading in the UK North Sea and generate additional tax revenues.
KW1CK Is a newly founded courier/delivery service based in Wick. We aim to focus on affordable delivery prices to the Scottish Highlands and the KW postcode area for residents and businesses.
Scottish firefighters will descend on Holyrood this coming Thursday (23 November 2017) to protest against leaked plans to shut fire stations and cut jobs in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as a result of budget cuts. Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Scottish government are considering the move despite having made commitments to safeguard frontline resources in 2013 when eight fire services were merged into one.
The Highland Council has responded to the news that the Board of The Highland Military Tattoo have taken the decision not hold another Tattoo. Provost of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: "While we respect the decision of the Board of Directors of the Highland Military Tattoo, this is very sad news for the Highlands.
A new dynamic Scottish ports directory aimed at the energy industry has been launched today (21 November 2017). It provides up to date technical information on active marine energy industry ports covering the oil and gas, decommissioning, subsea and renewable sectors.
A new reminder from the Scottish Information Commissioner that public bodies must respond within legal time limits was welcomed today by UNISON. The trade union pledged to robustly chase up councils, health boards and other public bodies that fail to respond on time, following the Commissioner's criticism of Glasgow City Council.