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15/3/2023
Highland winter road conditions report - Wednesday 15 March 2023
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.  
13/3/2023
Highland winter road conditions report - Monday 13 March 2023
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.  
11/3/2023
Members Call For A Parliamentary Enquiry Into The Scottish Government Decision To Delay A9 Dualling
A joint Motion on the A9 was agreed by Members at The Highland Council meeting of 9 March.   The amended joint motion (proposed by Cllr Lobban and seconded by Cllr Aitken) is as follows: The horrendous spate of accidents and resultant fatalities on the single carriageway sections of the A9 has brought misery to families from across the country and beyond our Council area.  
10/3/2023
Highland Council Welcomes Potential Of Inverness And Cromarty Green Freeport
Highland Council members welcomed an update on the successful Green Freeport bid by the Opportunity Cromarty Firth (OCF) consortium of which The Highland Council is a partner.   The Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport, jointly announced by the Scottish Government and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in January, will make a significant contribution towards meeting the local and national transition to net zero, create high quality, long-lasting employment in a green economy, regenerate and strengthen communities across the region and reverse demographic challenges.  
10/3/2023
Highland Council Sign-posting Third-sector Groups To Alternative Funding Streams
Following the special budget meeting of The Highland Council - which took place last week, Thursday, 2 March – the Council has now written to a number of third-sector and charitable Early Years groups and organisations affected by the savings proposals agreed by members.   The six groups and organisations impacted by the removal of grants have been provided with a six-month notice period (from 1 April 2023), meaning that funding will come to an end in September 2023.  
10/3/2023
Highland winter road conditions report - Friday 10 March 2023
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.  
9/3/2023
Highland Council Welcomes Potential Of Inverness And Cromarty Green Freeport
ighland Council members welcomed an update on the successful Green Freeport bid by the Opportunity Cromarty Firth (OCF) consortium of which The Highland Council is a partner.   The Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport, jointly announced by the Scottish Government and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in January, will make a significant contribution towards meeting the local and national transition to net zero, create high quality, long-lasting employment in a green economy, regenerate and strengthen communities across the region and reverse demographic challenges.  
8/3/2023
Highland Winter Road Conditions Report - Wednesday, 8 March 2023
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.  
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Highland Opportunity (Investments) Limited HO(I)L, The Highland Council's business loan company has launched its first social media campaign to make Highland businesses and community organisations aware of its loan funds.   HO(I)L has financially supported more than 1,200 local start-up businesses, community organisations and growth projects within the Highland Business community since it was established in 1986.  
8/3/2023
£2.3m Investment By Highland Council In Vulnerable Young People And Families
Members have given their backing to an investment of more than £2.3m towards supporting vulnerable young people and families in the Highlands.   The investment was agreed as part of the annual budget process, which took place last week on Thursday, 2 March.  
7/3/2023
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The Storr visitor attraction on Skye has launched its dedicated and branded website, providing information that aims to enhance the visitor experience.   The Old Man of Storr project is "for the community, in the community, by the community" working closely with communities and with continual local Member involvement, to celebrate Gaelic and to demonstrate engagement and partnership working.  
4/3/2023
Highland Council increases investment in roads by over £14M
Funding to improve Highland roads is being increased by over £14m following a decision made at yesterday's Highland Council budget setting meeting (Thursday 2 March) An additional investment of £12.8M to increase the current capital programme will bring the total budget for the coming year up to £20M.   On top of this, new investment of £1.26m in revenue funding has been allocated to create a Rapid Repair Road team to tackle potholes across the Highlands.  
3/3/2023
Highland Council Budget approved
A balanced council budget for 2023/24 was set at the meeting of The Highland Council on 2 March 2023.   As part of a package of investment and savings to address a £49.2M budget gap, a 4% increase in Council Tax has been agreed from 1 April 2023.  
21/2/2023
Preferred site confirmed for new Wick care hub as part of Caithness health and social care services redesign
A site in the Noss area of Wick has been confirmed by NHS Highland the preferred location for a new Community Hub and Care Village.   The proposed development, along with a similar facility at the Dunbar Hospital in Thurso, is one of the key parts of wider proposals to redesign, modernise and improve health and social care services in Caithness.  
21/2/2023
Major Step Forward For Caithness General Hospital Refurbishment Plans
Plans to refurbish and reconfigure Caithness General Hospital, in Wick, are expected to take a major step forward next month, with the appointment of a Principal Supply Chain Partner (PSCP) to carry out the design and construction work.   The multi-million pound project is just one element of a much wider programme of transformational change to redesign, modernise and improve health and social care services in Caithness.  
20/2/2023
Multiply Challenge Fund Launched In Highland - Groups can apply for funding
The Highland Council has today (Monday 20 February 2023) launched the Highland Multiply Challenge Fund.   Multiply is a new programme to help transform the lives of adults across the UK, by improving their functional numeracy and is part of the UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund.  
20/2/2023
Highland Latest Town Centre Health Check Published
Read ow Highland owns are doing and see several graphs covering a range of topics.   It is very clear that on a range of measures Wick has suffered more than most other towns in all categories between 2018 and 2022.  
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Join us on the 11th of March 2023 for Caithness' biggest and best jobs, careers, training and recruitment event.  This event is free to attend and all are welcome! Meet real employers and hear about their industries and any vacancies they currently have.  
17/2/2023
Many Schools Closed Today Due To The High Winds
Check if a school is closed on the Highland council web site.   https://www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures.  
12/2/2023
Highland's Families First Strategy Approved By Members
A report setting out Highland's Children’s Services Families First strategy was presented to and approved by members of the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee (Thursday, 9 February 2023).   The strategy’s vision is summarised simply as: "To safely ensure that children and young people remain with their families and within their Highland communities." It is also underpinned by a set of core principles of family support, which are outcome focused in preserving, protecting and upholding the rights of children within their families in the Highlands.