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Towheads Travelling Through Wick To Subsea 7 Wester Site - 17 March 2020Thumbnail for article : Towheads Travelling Through Wick To Subsea 7 Wester Site - 17 March 2020
Subsea 7 will be moving 2 towheads for the Buzzard Project from Wick Harbour to Wester Site in the coming days.   The first towhead move is much the same as a normal towhead move and it is planned to leave Wick Harbour on Friday 13th March at around 09:30 and proceed directly to Wester Site - see sketch below.  
Datafest20 Launched In InvernessThumbnail for article : Datafest20 Launched In Inverness
Scotland's two week festival of data was launched on 9th March 2020 by Scottish Government's cabinet secretary for finance Kate Forbes in An Lòchran, Inverness.   Now in its fourth year, DataFest will once again showcase Scotland's leading role in data science and artificial intelligence.  
9/3/2020
A LONG-established Thurso butcher's shop is to take on a new lease of lifeThumbnail for article : A LONG-established Thurso butcher's shop is to take on a new lease of life
A &E Harrold's premises in High Street have been purchased by the Thurso Foot Clinic - but will be remaining as a butcher's for up to a year.   John Logue, of JPL Shellfish of Scrabster, is renting the building from the new owners and will be based there until his new butcher's shop is built beside the fish shop at the harbour Mr Logue said: "We are renting the premises for between six and 12 months until we construct a new butcher shop.  
9/3/2020
Six Projects Benefit From Over £85k In CNS Fund Latest Funding
Six community projects are to benefit from over £85k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards.   CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest grant awards helps to support a wide range of projects including initiatives that focus on delivering social improvements.  
Building Your New Home - Advice From ThermohausThumbnail for article : Building Your New Home - Advice From Thermohaus
One of the advantages of self-build is that it gives you a lot of flexibility over the method of construction.  Some of the construction options are only open to the self-builder as no UK developers use them.  
College And JGC Engineering Support Apprenticeship Opportunities In CaithnessThumbnail for article : College And JGC Engineering Support Apprenticeship Opportunities In Caithness
Aspiring engineers in the north highlands will benefit from a new apprenticeship pathway developed by North Highland College UHI and JGC Engineering.  The new pathway has been created to promote the value of employer engagement and the benefit of the skills, learning and experience gained at college.  
5/3/2020
Highland Council Budget agrees a Road to RecoveryThumbnail for article : Highland Council Budget agrees a Road to Recovery
Despite a large budget gap and many reductions that were agreed today the council says they are on course to balance the budget for next year ad following years while building up reserves.   The budget for the current year is on course to ring in an underspend.  
Pentland Venture Returning To Wick After 3 Week MaintenanceThumbnail for article : Pentland Venture Returning To Wick After 3 Week Maintenance
The John O'Groats Ferry Pentland Venture entering Wick Harbour this afternoon 5 March 2020.   She has just returned from a 3 week Maintenance Period in Fraserburgh which included a fresh coat of paint..  
Most Northerly Distillery Set To Go At John O'GroatsThumbnail for article : Most Northerly Distillery Set To Go At John O'Groats
Planning permission was granted yesterday for a 32,670 square foot site that will house a distillery, visitor centre and bonded warehouse.   The new micro distillery at John O'Groats has secured a grant from Highland and Islands Enterprise of £198,000.  
Wester Bridge Opening/Road ClosureThumbnail for article : Wester Bridge Opening/Road Closure
Please be advised that we are about to commence the launch of a pipeline bundle into Sinclair's Bay.   This operation will take between 24 - 36 hours and will require Subsea 7 to open the Wester Bridge to allow towheads to pass under and out to sea.  
27/2/2020
Highland Council Announces Biggest Ever Single Investment In RoadsThumbnail for article : Highland Council Announces Biggest Ever Single Investment In Roads
Highland Council today announced its biggest ever single investment in roads with an extra £20million capital announced in its budget proposals for the year 2020/21.   The budget proposals were announced by Budget Leader Alister MacKinnon at a press conference at Highland Council headquarters.  
27/2/2020
Community Council elections nominations closed
Following the close of nominations at 12 noon on Wednesday 26 February 2020, the outcome is as follows.   2 Community Councils received more nominations than their maximum membership, which means that postal ballots will now be held for Rogart Community Council and Strathnairn Community Council.  
26/2/2020
Additional Support Needs (ASN) Interim Update
An interim update on the development of a new model to assess needs and allocate resource for Additional Support Needs will be reported to the Council's Education Committee on Thursday.   The work being carried out is to ensure the Council has a delivery model in place which is agile and flexible to meeting the needs of young people and provides stability for staff.  
26/2/2020
HI-Scot credit union is on a mission - to get the Highlands and Islands saving in 2020Thumbnail for article : HI-Scot credit union is on a mission - to get the Highlands and Islands saving in 2020
"As we enter our fourteenth year of business, we'll be spreading the word about the benefits of saving with the credit union," said HI-Scot's General Manager, David Mackay.  "HI-Scot is member led and member run and we offer a range of services." HI-Scot is well established in the Western Isles, where the credit union is based.  
19/2/2020
Scottish Government Budget In Current Form Will Devastate CommunitiesThumbnail for article : Scottish Government Budget In Current Form Will Devastate Communities
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has warned that the Scottish Government's Budget will hit vulnerable communities the hardest.   COSLA has warned the Government that it has not considered successive years of cuts, or rising inflation and demand and have therefore put council services at risk.  
18/2/2020
Trades Services Framework Standstill Period Extended In Highland Council Area
The standstill period under the Council's Trades Services Framework agreement was due to close with effect from Monday 17th February 2020, with the intention of a proposed go live date with the new arrangements and contracts of 24th February.   The standstill period is a defined period of time between the notice of the contract award decision and the award of the contract.  
18/2/2020
Study Into Corran Narrows Fixed Link OptionsThumbnail for article : Study Into Corran Narrows Fixed Link Options
A study is underway into the feasibility of replacing Scotland's second busiest ferry service with a fixed link bridge or tunnel.   The Highland Council, HITRANS and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are joint funding the study at the Corran Narrows in Lochaber.  
18/2/2020
Taxi Fares Held Level For Another 18 Months In Highland And Tuk Tuk Licence For Wick RefusedThumbnail for article : Taxi Fares Held Level For Another 18 Months In Highland And Tuk Tuk Licence For Wick Refused
Following a review taxi fares in Highland have been held at the same level by the Highland Council Licensing Committee held on 18 February 2019.   The papers and the debate on this issue can be seen at items six on the webcast - https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/469655 There is a 14 Day period for appeal.  
Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another ViewThumbnail for article : Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another View
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has submitted a planning application for a vertical launch site, Space Hub Sutherland, that it plans to construct on the A' Mhoine peninsula, Melness, near Tongue.  
Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism Programme
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has contracted marketing and business development company, Business and Tourism Solutions (BTS), who will work with Lochaber Chamber of Commerce to deliver the programme.   It will provide intensive engagement, support and interventions for around 50 businesses and providers in the sector across the Highland Council area.