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16/5/2019
Town Centre Funding Of £265,290 For Caithness
Members of The Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee have welcomed new funding to stimulate economic investments in Highland town centres to help them diversify and flourish.   In partnership with COSLA The Scottish Government have provided £50m capital to set up the Town Centre Fund 2019-2020.  
15/5/2019
Council Warning Over Illegally Imported Puppies - Think About It
The Highland Council is warning anyone considering buying a puppy to ensure they buy from reputable sources.  Concerns have been raised that people are illegally importing dogs from Europe to sell without the correct health checks or paperwork.  
14/5/2019
Car Parking Charges Have Begun - Watch Where You ParkThumbnail for article : Car Parking Charges Have Begun - Watch Where You Park
Parking Enforcement is coming to a street near you.   With the Decriminalisation of Parking Enforcement, and establishment of the Highland Council Parking Services in 2016, the local authority has committed to the roll-out of enforcement activities across all population centres in Highland.  
14/5/2019
Progress For Inverness Castle TransformationThumbnail for article : Progress For Inverness Castle Transformation
Progress in the transformation of Inverness Castle to become a new visitor attraction for the city was marked today with the announcement of contracts awarded to the architect and the creative director for the project.   The Inverness Castle project forms part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region deal.  
1/5/2019
Ross and Cromarty Councillors to liaise with communities over changes to festive lighting and decoration support
Ross and Cromarty Councillors are to liaise with Community councils and local community groups wishing to provide festive Christmas lighting and decorations.  It follows a new uniform policy that has come into place in order for the Highland Council to recover the costs associated with providing festive lighting and decoration assistance to communities.  
1/5/2019
Delivering the Highland Council budget through changeThumbnail for article : Delivering the Highland Council budget through change
The Chief Executive and Budget Leader are meeting with all budget holders this week to set out the need for tight budget controls to continue throughout the year.   The Council approved the Council's change programme "A Sustainable Highland" in February, which is set to deliver £37.456m savings over the next three years.  
26/4/2019
Public convenience partnership with Portland Hotel provides Comfort Scheme addition on NC500Thumbnail for article : Public convenience partnership with Portland Hotel provides Comfort Scheme addition on NC500
In a boost for the local Caithness area a new Comfort Scheme has started with immediate effect at The Portland Hotel in Lybster in partnership with The Highland Council.   Recently renovated and launched under new ownership in summer of 2018 The Portland Hotel, Lybster is ideally situated on A99 Wick to Latheron main road, which forms part of the busy NC500 tourist route.  
24/4/2019
If You Need To Know What Contracts Go Out From Highland Council
If you are looking for council contracts in Highland a paper on the council web site shows values and dates of the contracts.   Here is the link for you to check what contracts for every kind of service are given out by Highland Council then you can down load a Pdf at https://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/16902/highland_council_current_contracts_register Find out more about council contracts and procurement at https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1/business_and_trade/417/procurement.  
18/4/2019
Wick Businesses Talk With Councillors About How To Improve The Town CentreThumbnail for article : Wick Businesses Talk With Councillors About How To Improve The Town Centre
Wick Town Hall packed as businesses and councillors gather to discuss ambitious town centre regeneration vision.   More than 50 retailers and business owners attend presentation and discussion session in Wick Town Hall, hosted by all four ward councillors.  
17/4/2019
Inverness West Link New Road Stage 2 BeginsThumbnail for article : Inverness West Link New Road Stage 2 Begins
The final stage of the West Link is to commence following the award of the £10.1M construction contract to a local company to build the additional swing bridge and roundabout, with the associated realignment of General Booth Road.   Following a tender exercise, The Highland Council has awarded the contract to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd from Dingwall.  
15/4/2019
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin PermitsThumbnail for article : Don't let the grass grow under your feet - Brown Bin Permits
Don't let the grass grow under your feet - order your 2019/20 brown bin garden waste permit now.   Highland Council Garden Waste Permits are now available to order for the 2019/20 Permit Season.  
15/4/2019
Has The Time Come For A Citizens Basic Income?Thumbnail for article : Has The Time Come For A Citizens Basic Income?
With predictions of social and economic upheaval brought about by technological and environmental changes, could a citizen's income reduce poverty and increase people's control over their lives?.  How attractive - and affordable - is it as a policy?.  
15/4/2019
Call For Fundamental Review Of Funding Local Government
UNISON, the largest trade union in Scotland, and the Jimmy Reid Foundation are calling for a fundamental review of funding local government.   The call will be made at the launch of joint UNISON and Jimmy Reid Foundation report: Additional Revenue streams sources of funding for the delivery of local government services The report will be launched today (Monday 15 April) at the STUC 122nd Annual Congress in Dundee.  
10/4/2019
Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scamThumbnail for article : Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scam
The Highland Council has been alerted to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are cold calling and claiming that the resident 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.  
4/4/2019
Council welcomes Inverness - Heathrow same-day-flights service
Highland Council Leaders have welcomed the introduction of a new Inverness - London Heathrow service this week by British Airways which will allow people to travel between the two cities and return the same day.   Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson welcomes the new flight schedule that will see a 30 per cent increase in capacity on the route and bring the number of flights up to three return services on Saturdays and Sundays, with a double daily service Monday to Friday.  
2/4/2019
Highland Council supports national anti-littering campaignThumbnail for article : Highland Council supports national anti-littering campaign
The Highland Council is supporting the 2019 Keep Scotland Beautiful Clean Up campaign and is encouraging as many communities, businesses, schools and individuals as possible to get involved in a local community clean up.   £53 million of public money is spent addressing litter and flytipping in Scotland each year.  
1/4/2019
Expansion Of Free Personal Care
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Jeane Freeman visited the Capability Scotland Edinburgh Hub ahead of the extension of free personal care to people of all ages who are assessed as requiring it.   The expansion of free personal care - which was previously only available to those aged over 65 - comes into force on April 1 2019 and is often referred to as ‘Frank's Law’ after the former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel.  
28/3/2019
Apprentice Day for Highland Youth Parliament MembersThumbnail for article : Apprentice Day for Highland Youth Parliament Members
The 14th Highland Youth Parliament Apprentice Day was held on Tuesday, 26th March 2019.   Highland Youth Parliament, the elected Youth Parliament for the Highlands, holds an annual ‘Apprentice Day' on which members of HYP shadow Senior Managers across public sector services.  
27/3/2019
Inverness and Highland City Region Deal projects delivered as governance improvedThumbnail for article : Inverness and Highland City Region Deal projects delivered as governance improved
Highland Council's Leader has acknowledged the findings of an internal audit report into the progress of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.   The report examines three projects including the Science Skills Academy; Innovative Assisted Living (FIT House) and Inverness Castle.  
25/3/2019
Ban on Vehicle Tyre Disposal at Highland Council Recycling CentresThumbnail for article : Ban on Vehicle Tyre Disposal at Highland Council Recycling Centres
Householders are advised that from the 1st of April 2019 vehicle tyres will no longer be accepted for disposal at Highland Council Household Waste Recycling Centres.   The Highland Council currently disposes of 22% more waste per person than the Scottish average.