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Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weekly update from CNSRP - week commencing 4th February 2019.   SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team were in the Kyle Community Centre in Tongue for the first of a planned weekly presence in the area on Wednesdays between 1000 to 1300 hrs to allow people to meet with the project team.  
9/2/2019
Highland Council Proposals For A Three-year Budget.
The proposals are based on themes which emerged from weeks of consultation with staff, communities, groups and partners.  The themes focus on Efficiencies, Income generation, Redesign and a flexible Workforce.  
8/2/2019
Council clarifies concerns surrounding Export Health Certificates
The Highland Council's Environmental Health team currently allocates significant resource to facilitate Highland based food manufacturer's trade with EU and non-EU countries.  This work can be split into two categories; statutory and non-statutory.  
6/2/2019
Highland Council winter road condition report for Wednesday 6 February 2019
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.  It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.  
5/2/2019
Free forum event for Highland landlords
The Highland Council, in partnership with Under One Roof Scotland, are inviting all private landlords to a special seminar specifically to look at issues surrounding common repairs and building maintenance and how to deal with any problems that may arise.   Under One Roof Scotland (www.underoneroof.scot) is an impartial online information site for flat owners and their advisers.  
4/2/2019
Highland Council winter road condition report for Monday, 04 February 2019
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.  It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.  
3/2/2019
Extra Funding Approved For A890 Stromferry Rock Stabilisation WorksThumbnail for article : Extra Funding Approved For A890 Stromferry Rock Stabilisation Works
Members of The Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure (EDI) Committee have approved an additional £2.185m for further remedial rock stabilisation works at the A890 Stromeferry bypass.  They have also agreed the formation of a Cross Party Options Selection Group to consider the recommendation of the preferred long term solution for a bypass.  
3/2/2019
Committee gives go-ahead for future Timber Transport funding opportunities
Members of The Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee have agreed that up to £0.5m go towards the 2019/20 round of Timber Transport schemes that will bring future benefits to communities and rural roads in Highlands.   The money will come from the Council's road structural (capital) fund and be used as match funding for the Strategic Timber Transport Fund (STTF) operated by Forestry Commission Scotland.  
1/2/2019
Highland Council Statement On Scottish Government Additional Funds
Budget Leader Cllr Alister Mackinnon responded to the Scottish Government's revised budget settlement.   He said: "Further to receiving detailed information yesterday evening, we now have a more accurate picture of what this means for Highland.  
29/1/2019
Landlord prosecuted for unlicensed HMO
Following an investigation by Highland Council Environmental Health Officers, a Fort William Landlord has been successfully prosecuted for operating a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without a licence.   An HMO is a property in which three or more unrelated adults are residing as their main residence and require to share kitchen, toilet or personal washing facilities.  
25/1/2019
Criminal Justice Service ‘contributing to reduction in offending'
The work of The Highland Council's Criminal Justice Social Work Service has been praised by Members of the Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee.   Councillors were updated today (24 January 2019) on 3 key programmes being delivered by the Service and the impacts that this is having on persistent offenders, sex offenders, and domestic abuse perpetrators.  
24/1/2019
Planning Approval Sought For New Inverness Healthcare CentreThumbnail for article : Planning Approval Sought For New Inverness Healthcare Centre
Planning permission is sought to construct a new healthcare and multidisciplinary life sciences centre to serve the Highlands and Islands area and is a collaborative project between NHS Highland, the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Councillors have been asked to give planning permission for a healthcare and life sciences innovation centre in Inverness.  
24/1/2019
Newton Rooms Learning Centres Underway In HighlandThumbnail for article : Newton Rooms Learning Centres Underway In Highland
Newton Rooms are designed to encourage more young people into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).   A network of the centres in Norway work with schools and local employers to provide inspirational STEM education in the most rural parts of the country.  
24/1/2019
Councillors agree house rent increase at 3%
The average weekly rent charged by The Highland Council to its 13,411 council house tenants is set to increase by 3% for the coming financial year 2019/20.   The average weekly rent will rise from £73.22 to £75.42 - an increase of £2.20 per week.  
23/1/2019
Recruitment of staff to begin for Children's Placement services
RECRUITMENT is to commence for a new hub in Highland to avoid children going to placements out with the Highland area.   The first hub for a new model of temporary residential provision and multi-agency assessment is in Fodderty in East Ross.  
23/1/2019
Council consults on further decriminalised parking enforcement
The Highland Council is seeking public opinion on Draft Traffic Regulation Orders for the further roll out of Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) across the Highlands in:Alness, Brora, Broadford, Dingwall, Dunvegan, Grantown On Spey, Invergordon, Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyleakin, Mallaig, Nairn, Portree, Scrabster, Sligachan , Storr, Tain, Thurso, Ullapool and Wick.   The Draft Traffic Regulation Orders are available now on the council's website at www.highland.gov.uk/parking see ‘Traffic Order Consultations'.  
22/1/2019
New River Nairn crossing at White Bridge begins to take shapeThumbnail for article : New River Nairn crossing at White Bridge begins to take shape
Work is progressing well on the realignment of the B9090 at the White Bridge scheme and new crossing.   Construction of the abutments for the new crossing beams is complete and the beams were successfully placed this week on Monday 21st January.  
18/1/2019
Highland Council New approach in budget setting
The council is taking a new approach in preparing the budget from 2019-22.   In recent weeks, the Chief Executive, Donna Manson, Budget Leader Cllr Alister Mackinnon and other senior councillors and officers have been out talking with staff, groups and communities across the Highlands in over 50 engagement sessions.  
17/1/2019
Trading Standards take action against Caithness counterfeiter
Following a Highland Council Trading Standards investigation, Wick Sheriff Court has imposed a court order on a 42 year old local woman who was found to be selling counterfeit goods.  The Order places stringent restrictions on her future conduct and any breach of it can lead to a hefty fine or imprisonment.  
17/1/2019
Have your say on Thurso Flood Protection StudyThumbnail for article : Have your say on Thurso Flood Protection Study
The Highland Council has invited people in Thurso to attend a public exhibition highlighting proposals for flood prevention measures along the River Thurso.   The Council is currently developing a Flood Protection Study (FPS) for the River to identify solutions that will alleviate the risk of flooding.