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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.  
16/1/2019
Moray Offshore West Windfarm Returns To North Planning CommitteeThumbnail for article : Moray Offshore West Windfarm Returns To North Planning Committee
On 22nd January 2019 the Moray West wind Farm planning application returns to the North Planning committee but merely for some slight changes to the location of some turbines to lessen the impact on certain views.   The original permission and this one is not within the power of the committee but they have the ability to enter an objection.  
Man arrested in connection with "bogus workman" offences
Police in Lochaber can confirm that a 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with alleged consumer protection offences in Fort William.   It follows an investigation by Police Scotland and Highland Council Trading Standards, after a report was received this week of "bogus workmen" in Fort William and alleged fraudulent activity relating to charges for work carried out on a house in the town.  
9/1/2019
Highland Council Analysis Shows £31 Million Budget Gap For 2019/20
DETAILED analysis of the Scottish Government's funding settlement, which makes up the vast proportion of the Council's budget, has been carried out and the net result is that the Highland Council will see a reduction in its grant funding to provide the current level of services.  This, together with the additional pressures equates to a £31.2M budget gap for 2019-20.  
8/1/2019
Council advises businesses on how to spot and avoid being scammed
Highland Council Trading Standards have produced guidance on how to spot the signs of scams that target businesses and also remind businesses to inform their employees on what to look out for when dealing with unsolicited telephone calls, emails and texts.   All businesses as well as non-profit organisations (such as charitable organisations) may spend a lot of time dealing with potential scammers.  
3/1/2019
Changes to Highland Council school transport contractorThumbnail for article : Changes to Highland Council school transport contractor
The Highland Council has written to parents and carers of school transport pupils to inform them that D&E Coaches have recently transferred a number of Highland Council contracts to Stagecoach and some school transport routes are included.   These changes are to take effect from the first day back after the school holidays, Monday 7th January 2019 and timetables have been supplied for the routes affected.  
27/12/2018
"Lead On 8" celebration of successThumbnail for article :
Twenty nine members of The Highland Council's Care and Learning team have celebrated their success in completing the Council's 15 month ‘Lead On’ programme.   ‘Lead On’, is a programme designed to develop practitioners’ understanding of change leadership and apply this through a change initiative in their place of work.  
19/12/2018
What next for Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal?
Highland Councillors are looking forward beyond the current Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal and asking: "What next and where?".   Following publication of the Deal's annual report, Leader of The Highland Council Cllr Margaret Davidson said: "A meeting will be convened in the New Year with Councillors who have a particular interest in the City-Region Deal to talk about where we can go next and what we can do.".  
18/12/2018
Highland's Budget Allocation from Scottish Government May Make Financial Position Worse
Work underway to determine Highland's Budget allocation.   Commenting after the news received last night of Councils' individual allocations, from the Scottish Government’s draft Budget, Budget Leader Councillor Alister Mackinnon said: "Having received the details of our allocation just last night, it will take some time to work through the proposed settlement and do a detailed analysis.  
13/12/2018
Ambitious for a sustainable and connected Highland
Members have agreed six priority commitments in a revised Council Programme at today's council meeting.   The six themes within the Programme are: A Council that Champions the Highlands; A Place to Live; A place to Thrive; A place to Prosper; A Welcoming Place; and Your Highland Council These themes and the actions which the council has agreed to, reflect priorities which have emerged through the round of public engagement during November.  
13/12/2018
Council to consult on tourism transient visitor levy
The Highland Council is to carry out a public consultation on the implementation of a transient visitor levy in the New Year.   During the Council's public engagement activity during November, a strong theme was support for raising income from tourism, including a tourist levy, which could support local infrastructure, as well as the tourism sector itself.  
13/12/2018
Your voice - Your council – Your future
THROUGHOUT the month of November, The Highland Council's Chief Executive and members of the budget team have met with staff, groups and communities across the length and breadth of the Highlands.   These sessions were part of a budget engagement exercise which also included facebook chats, survey, leaflet, video, and a budget challenge to raise awareness of budget challenges and gather views and priorities.  
11/12/2018
Town health check data published for Highland centresThumbnail for article : Town health check data published for Highland centres
The Highland Council has today (Tuesday 11 December 2018) announced significant progress in the quality of collection and reporting on the performance of it's town centres through the release of new Town Centre Health Check "Story Maps".   The maps contain a huge amount of data on many aspects.  
6/12/2018
Lorna Simpson is named Participation Officer of the YearThumbnail for article : Lorna Simpson is named Participation Officer of the Year
A Highland Council employee, nominated by the tenants she works with, has scooped a national award.   Lorna Simpson from Wick has been a Tenant Participation Officer with The Highland Council for the past ten years, covering Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.  
6/12/2018
Highland tenant engagement work recognised nationally
Highland Council's work to continuously improve Tenant Participation in the region has been recognised by the Scottish Housing Regulator and the Tenant Participation Advisory Service.   Members of the Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee have welcomed the recognition received by Housing Staff and commended their ongoing engagement activities.  
6/12/2018
Council plan aims to tackle homelessness in Highland
Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee have approved the first draft ‘Highland Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan' for 2019 - 2024 which will be submitted to the Scottish Government by the end of this year.  The plan provides an analysis of homelessness in the region and the capacity to deliver rapid rehousing within the current patterns of housing need and demand.  
5/12/2018
Council Staff Swap Secret Santa For Highland Foodbank DonationsThumbnail for article : Council Staff Swap Secret Santa For Highland Foodbank Donations
Welfare staff within Highland Council's UK Award winning Benefits and Welfare Reform Team have decided to forego their office Secret Santa tradition and instead donate to Blythswood's Highland Foodbank this Christmas.   Sheila McKandie, Highland Council's Benefits and Welfare Manager explained:"On a daily basis we work with the dedicated team at Blythswood Highland Foodbank directing people to them who are in urgent need.  
4/12/2018
Key updates available for future Highland house building and school roll forecasts
The latest outlook for future housing delivery and school roll forecasts across Highland has been announced by the Highland Council today (Tuesday 4 December 2018).   The joint publication of the Housing Land Audit and School Roll Forecast provides up to date forecasts for housing delivery and school rolls across the Highland Council area and will be used to monitor, implement and share details of the actions needed to support future housing growth.  
1/12/2018
Policy priorities for Highland in post BREXIT
Since the referendum decision to leave the European Union, The Highland Council has considered and made representations on a number of issues which have potential implications for the Highland economy and Highland communities.   EU funding has brought hundreds of millions of pounds of assistance to the region over the past 40 years which has been critical to the region's growth.  
29/11/2018
Your Voice, Your Council, Your Future - engagement continues with Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : Your Voice, Your Council, Your Future - engagement continues with Highland Council
Last week's Resources Committee noted the positive movement in the Council's revenue budget from a projected year end overspend in quarter one of £5m down to £2.2 in quarter two.  This has been assisted by concerted effort across services and enhanced control of vacancies and all expenditure.