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21/11/2019
Gaelic And Cultural Development In The Region Is Progressing Well
Highland councillors welcome report which says Gaelic and cultural development in the region is progressing well.   Highland councillors today warmly welcomed Chief Executive Donna Manson's report to the Corporate Resources committee that highlights the progress being made in relation to Gaelic and cultural development in the region.  
19/11/2019
Voters Urged To Check Their Poll Cards
Poll cards for people across the Highlands who are registered to vote in the UK Parliamentary Election will start to be issued from Wednesday onwards (20 November).   Already 185,469 people living in the Highlands are registered to vote in the UK Parliamentary election.  
17/11/2019
SNP Hold Inverness Central After Highland Council Bi-election
The by-election for a councillor to represent Inverness Central - Ward 14 on The Highland Council has been won by Emma Roddick - Scottish National Party (SNP) who was one of six candidates who contested the vacancy.   Voting was by the single transferable vote and Emma Roddick emerged as the winner at the third stage of the count.  
15/11/2019
Candidates Confirmed for UK Parliamentary General Election 2019Thumbnail for article : Candidates Confirmed for UK Parliamentary General Election 2019
18 candidates are seeking election on Thursday 12 December 2019 for the three Highland UK Parliamentary general election constituencies.   Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency has attracted 5 candidates; Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency 7 candidates; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency 6 candidates.  
14/11/2019
Virtual reality lessons ignite Highland children's imaginations
Daviot Primary School is delighted to share that their children are pioneering virtual reality (VR) learning in Highland to help raise engagement and increase attainment for all pupils.   The school recently acquired "ClassVR"; a simple to use virtual reality user interface made for education.  
13/11/2019
Mixed results in firework, cigarette and vape test purchasing by Trading Standards
Highland Council's Trading Standards team is reporting mixed findings from its Autumn age restricted product test purchase programme.   During the exercise, premises in Easter Ross, Inverness and Aviemore were test purchased for fireworks, cigarettes and vape liquids.  
8/11/2019
Highland Town Centre's Given A Welcome Boost
Over £2.3 million pounds of investment is set to benefit town centres across the Highlands with 30 transformational projects about to get underway to stimulate economic investment and to help towns diversify and flourish.   The Town Centre capital grant fund from the Scottish Government is targeted to encourage town and city centres to diversify and flourish, giving new purpose and creating footfall.  
7/11/2019
Can Highland Council Set Up Its Own Bus Company?Thumbnail for article : Can Highland Council Set Up Its Own Bus Company?
Transport group chair calls for immediate research on viability of publicly operated Highland bus services.   SNP Ness-side councillor Ron MacWilliam has written to members of the Highland Council Redesign board to urge them to consider options for publicly run bus services in the Highlands.  
2/11/2019
Update following Community Council nominations withdrawal period
Following the close of the Community Council Nominations on Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 20 community councils received more nominations than their maximum membership.  After the withdrawal period where candidates had the opportunity to withdraw their nomination, The Highland Council has confirmed that 16 Community Councils will be contested.  
2/11/2019
Placement Services Change Programme Helping Region's Most Vulnerable Young People
Highland Council's Placement Services Change Programme (PSCP) is helping make a real difference for the region’s most vulnerable young people.   The Placements Team in Children’s Services has developed a creative, courageous and dedicated programme to work with multi-disciplinary professionals to identify children out with Highland whose needs can be met back in the local area.  
1/11/2019
BT Public Payphone Consultation - 55 To Be Objected To By Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : BT Public Payphone Consultation - 55 To Be Objected To By Highland Council
BT are proposing to remove 110 payphones across The Highland Council area.   Under Ofcom guidelines, the Local Authorities are responsible for co-ordinating consultation responses on behalf of their local community for any proposed removal of public payphones.  
31/10/2019
Highland Council's Citizen's Panel have their say
Feedback from Highland Council's annual citizen's panel survey has highlighted the welcoming nature of people living in our communities.   This was just one of many findings included in the latest Citizens' Panel 2019 Performance and Attitude Survey which was considered at the Council meeting on 31 October 2019.  
31/10/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 31 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 31st) sold 3,675 store sheep.   Lambs (2,603) averaged £48.91 and sold to £85 gross for a Texel tup lamb from Wester Raddery, Fortrose. Ewes (890) sold to £79 gross for a pen of Texel crosses from Kinnahaird Farm, Contin. Feeding Sheep (182) sold to £170 gross for a Cheviot ram from Keppoch Farm, Dundonnell.  
30/10/2019
Caithness West and Tannach and District Community Councils Fail To Get Enough Nominations
Following the recent call for candidates wishing to serve on Highland Community Councils to come forward a total of 120 Councils attracted sufficient interest to allow them to form from 12 noon on Friday 1 November.   20 Community Councils received more nominations than their maximum membership, and elections will take place for these Community Councils using a postal ballot.  
29/10/2019
Highland Council Cuts 800,000+ Miles With Enterprise Car Club Saving £400,000Thumbnail for article : Highland Council Cuts 800,000+ Miles With Enterprise Car Club Saving £400,000
Highland Council saves £400,000 And 377 Tonnes Of CO2 In First 12 Months With Enterprise.   The Highland Council has reduced its annual business mileage by more than 825,000 miles and made cost savings in excess of £400,000 in the first 12 months since introducing Enterprise Car Club, part of global vehicle rental group, Enterprise Holdings.  
28/10/2019
Council appoints two more Executive Chief OfficersThumbnail for article : Council appoints two more Executive Chief Officers
The Highland Council has announced two more appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer as part of the Council's redesign programme.   Malcolm MacLeod has been appointed as Executive Chief Officer - Infrastructure and Environment.  
28/10/2019
Highland Council kicks off council house Rent Consultation across the region
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 requires social landlords to consult tenants and take account of their views when making decisions about proposed rent increases.   The Highland Council Tenant Participation team are starting a month long trip around Highland communities talking to tenants about what their rent money is spent on and consulting on the rent they will pay in 2020 / 2021.  
24/10/2019
Council and HITRANS call for balance in road provision
The Highland Council and HITRANS are speaking out against the call from walking and cycling organisations to cease all new road building in Scotland.   Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK, Forth Environment Link, Living Streets, Paths for All, Ramblers Scotland, Sustrans Scotland and Transform Scotland issued the call as part of a joint response to the National Transport Strategy.  
24/10/2019
Be aware! Council Tax scammers still targeting Highland
The Highland Council has once again been alerted to a Council Tax scam where scammers are now writing to customers and claiming that the resident is due a council tax refund or can have their Council Tax band reassessed upon payment of £150.   Council Tax bands are determined by the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer who is independent from the Highland Council.  
8/10/2019
Highland Council's Trading Standards alert on Safety Recall of Tumble Dryers
Highland Council's Trading Standards Team is urging consumers to check whether their tumble dryer is covered by a nation-wide product recall.   Safety concerns affect a wide range of models and the manufacturer is offering a brand new machine at no cost to replace the problem items.