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9/7/2018
Head Teacher appointments in the Highlands
The Highland Council is pleased to announce the recent appointment of 5 Head and 10 Acting Head Teachers across the region's schools.   All the new teachers will be in their posts by the new term in August 2018.  
9/7/2018
Highland Licensing Board consults on new liquor licensing policy statement
The Highland Licensing Board has begun consultation on its next Statement of Licensing Policy for the period November 2018 to November 2023.   The aim of the Policy Statement is to promote consistency in decision-making on all types of liquor licence applications and to give applicants advance notice of the Board's likely approach to determining licence applications.  
9/7/2018
Regional Policy Paper Launched
The Highlands & Islands European Partnership (HIEP) has launched a position paper on Regional Policy.   After exiting the EU, UK regions will no longer be able to access EU structural funds.  
Rock Rose Gin Secures New Listing With Sainsbury'sThumbnail for article : Rock Rose Gin Secures New Listing With Sainsbury's
Dunnet Bay Distillers, the UK's most northerly mainland distillery, has secured its first nationwide supermarket listing, with its acclaimed Rock Rose Gin launching into 135 Sainsbury's stores this July.   The launch is the latest in a series of exciting developments for the craft distillery, which has significantly expanded to keep up with growing demand.  
8/7/2018
Bridge Street, Inverness site purchase completed by Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : Bridge Street, Inverness site purchase completed by Highland Council
The purchase of a significant site on the southern side of Inverness' Bridge Street was completed on Thursday 28 June 2018, it is confirmed by The Highland Council.  As announced at the start of June by Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of The Highland Council, and Mr Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, the purchase will support the development of Inverness Castle and the regeneration of the surrounding area of the city centre.  
8/7/2018
Japanese Multinational Signs Scottish DealThumbnail for article : Japanese Multinational Signs Scottish Deal
A major Japanese industrial corporation has signed an agreement that will see the world's first test of an autonomous underwater vehicle, undertaken in Scotland.   Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) will carry out a verification test of a prototype AUV equipped with a robot arm for subsea pipeline inspection.  
8/7/2018
Success for Highland Council at national awardsThumbnail for article : Success for Highland Council at national awards
The Highland Council has been awarded two commendations and a first place at the 2018 Scottish Regional Energy Efficiency Awards (external link) for the Highland Home Energy Efficiency Programme.  These awards recognise the efforts made to eliminate fuel poverty and improve the energy efficiency of homes in the UK.  
NorthLink Ferries backs young people's journey to the future
In support of the Year of Young People 2018, and in partnership with Caber Coffee's Ethyco range, NorthLink Ferries is looking for two outstanding young people to apply for a travel bursary.   The bursary is intended to be used towards the cost of attending a significant cultural or leadership event.  
8/7/2018
Search Begins For New Highland Council Chief ExecutiveThumbnail for article : Search Begins For New Highland Council Chief Executive
The Highland Council has approved the recruitment process for a new Chief Executive to replace Steve Barron when he retires in the autumn.   Applicants are invited to apply for this important top position to lead one of the largest local authorities in Europe, by the 31 July.  
8/7/2018
Multi-year Budget Agreed For Highland Council
The Highland Council has agreed to plan for a multi-year budget for the next 3 financial years (2019-22) to meet the challenge of a potential funding gap of up to £124.9 million.   Over the period 2013/14 to 2018/19 the Highland Council has already had to approve budget savings of £102.1 million as well as agree Council tax rises of 3% in each of the last two years in order to deliver a balanced budget.  
Welcome for new Independent Chair of north partnership
Partners in the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) have given a warm welcome to Ian Ross as he takes over the role of Independent Chair from Sir Anthony Cleaver.   Following a public recruitment campaign Ian Ross this week takes on a two-year contract as Independent Chair of CNSRP, as its partners continue to support the area's economy to transition away from dependence on nuclear decommissioning work.  
28/6/2018
‘DLITE'd’ student teachers graduate!Thumbnail for article : ‘DLITE'd’ student teachers graduate!
Nine Highland students graduated this weekend (Saturday 23 June 2018) through the University of Aberdeen in partnership with Highland Council following an eighteen month distance learning PGDE (Primary) Programme.   Applications for the next DLITE PGDE Programme for Primary and Secondary teaching are now being accepted.  
28/6/2018
Highland Council Car parking recommendations reviewed
Council has considered and agreed recommendations from a review of car parking by the Redesign Board.   A peer review of car parking was requested by the Redesign Board, with the scope of the review agreed in November 2017.  
28/6/2018
Highland Council City-Region Deal update
PROGRESS of City-Region Deal projects has been reported to The Highland Council at its meeting today, 28 June 2018.   The city-region deal is made up of ten discrete projects, each led by one of the partners.  
28/6/2018
Highland Council to phase out single use plastics
Council has agreed a number of recommendations to include the phasing out of single use plastics from its sites and schools in an effort to exceed statutory requirements, at its meeting on 28 June.  The recommendations also include working with partners and raising awareness with communities on this issue.  
27/6/2018
Portland Hotel in Lybster Reopens on 30th June 2018Thumbnail for article : Portland Hotel in Lybster Reopens on 30th June 2018
The hotel will be opening on Saturday 30th June.   The bar from 4:30pm and restaurant bookings from 5:00pm.  
27/6/2018
New Head Teachers Appointed in Highland
The Highland Council is pleased to announce the recent appointment of 8 Head and 4 Acting Head Teachers across the region's schools in the north and south education areas.   All the new teachers will be in their posts by the new term in August 2018.  
27/6/2018
Highland Council welcomes next steps in education reform
Highland Council has always been committed to the empowerment of schools and the communities that they serve.   Accordingly, the Council welcomes the announcement, by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, about next steps in education reform.  
27/6/2018
Cosla Calls For More Financial Power For Councils Starting With A Transient Visitor Tax
The President of COSLA, together with COSLA's Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor, today called for more financial power for Scottish Local Government.   The COSLA team said that this call for more financial power should start with the discretion to introduce a Transient Visitor Tax, and called on the Scottish Government to grant Councils such a power.  
26/6/2018
New Scottish Government Cabinet Appointed
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today appointed a new, refreshed Scottish Government Cabinet.   The new appointments are designed to meet current challenges, introduce new talent and ensure the government is capitalising on all opportunities in taking forward its bold and ambitious programme for Scotland.