The Highland Council is set to spend an additional £1 million in the new financial year in keeping Highland communities cleaner and tidier. The commitment to community works is a priority of the Council Administration and, subject to confirmation by the full Council on 14 February, communities will see:- Increased levels of education and enforcement in littering and dog fouling by employing three enforcement officers (£90,000); Increased standards of litter picking and street cleaning by employing an additional 17 street cleansing staff (£500,000); Increased standards of grounds maintenance by employing the equivalent of 34 additional seasonal grounds maintenance operatives (£410,000).
A footbridge, which forms an important pedestrian link to Thurso Cemetery, is to be replaced by The Highland Council at a cost of £400,000. The bridge was lost in the floods of October 2006 - and with it went one of the town's most popular walks.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) continues to lead by example and is on track to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. A series of initiatives has resulted in Scotland's environment watchdog achieving six out of its seven environmental performance targets, according to an independently validated report1 published recently.
On Wednesday 6 February, farmers in the Highlands will have the opportunity to learn more about carbon footprinting and how they can use it to their advantage by realising areas where carbon emissions can be cut, and as a result savings can be made. The lunchtime seminar is being hosted by North Highland Products and will include speakers from SAOS and the Carbon Trust Scotland.
Automobili Lamborghini SpA has announced record sales figures for 2007, building and selling 2,406 cars worldwide: a 15% increase over the 2,087 cars delivered in 2006. A particularly strong sales increase of nearly 40% was recorded in Great Britain, with deliveries of 211 vehicles.
Small businesses say cold calls are time-wasting and infuriating….and it's mobile phone companies who top their 'most unwanted' list Telesales cold callers beware - they top the list of annoying phone callers to small businesses, according to a new survey of businesses in Scotland and the rest of Britain. Three our of four businesses in Scotland who took part in the survey said they are pestered by cold calls.
The Highland Council has this week received a note of the Scottish Ministers' decisions on two significant planning applications for retail outlets in Thurso. One was an application by Miller Developments for planning permission for a proposed foodstore at the Auction Mart Site, Ormlie Road, Thurso, which had been called in by Ministers following an appeal against non-determination (deemed refusal) of the application.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & highland Marts Ltd., (23rd January 2008) sold 496 store cattle and nine breeding cattle. Bullocks (308) averaged 135.7p (+4.1) and sold to 168.2p per kg for a pen of eight 318kg Charolais crosses from Torgormack, Kirkhill, and £755 for a pen of 571kg Charolais crosses from Hilton Farm, Tain.
First ScotRail has launched a January sale for those aged 55 or over. Its fantastic 'Club 55' ticket offer - travel anywhere in Scotland for just £15 return - went live on 21st January and runs all the way to 31st March 2008.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill today gave evidence to Holyrood's Justice Committee on proposed reforms to the licensing system. The fee regulations put forward by Mr MacAskill, under the new Licensing Act, set limits that allow licensing boards to fully recover their costs - whilst also preventing them from making a profit.
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month. Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.
The approvals list for HIE Caithness and Sutherland is in two sections. The first details assistance given to businesses, community groups and other public sector authorities to deliver specific projects.
In an age where technology makes virtually anything downloadable, a group of business trainers in the Highlands and Islands have become some of the first in the UK who are using it to chalk up some powerful results in customer satisfaction. The group uses a hand held device - known as Knowat - to gather real time feedback for 100k Welcomes, a national training initiative designed to equip Scotland's tourist industry to compete in the lucrative worldwide market by offering first-class customer service.
If you are concerned about the rising energy prices, you may be interested in contacting the Caithness Energy Advice Team. The Energy Advice Team's aim is to help people keep warm and pay less for their energy.
Are you a local contractor in the north of Scotland? The North Scotland Industries Group is pleased to invite you to an important event featuring presentations from 2 companies with major and forthcoming business interests in the North of Scotland, and who are keen to meet with local contractors / service providers. NSIG Business Event Pentland Hotel, Thurso Tuesday 5th February - 12.00/14.30 Presentations from Caithness Petroleum and Scottish Water (This event is open to members and non-members) Agenda (times approximate) 12.00 / 12.15 - Arrive - coffee / tea 12.15 / 12.20 - Introduction - Ian Couper, Chief Executive NSIG 12.20 / 12.45 - Presentation from Sheila Campbell-Lloyd, Scottish Water 12.45 / 12.55 - Q&A Session - Scottish Water 12.55 / 13.05 - Short Break 13.05 / 13.30 - Presentation from Peter O'Sullivan - Chief Operating Officer, Caithness Petroleum 13.30 / 13.40 - Q&A Session - Caithness Petroleum 13.40 / 13.45 - Closing remarks - Ian Couper 13.45 / 14.30 - Buffet lunch and networking Attendance - £20 members, £30 non-members To book your place, please contact NSIG before close on 1st February with name(s) of person who will attend.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (16th January 2008) sold 4,951 store sheep including the annual sale of 668 cast rams. Lambs (2,734) averaged £32.32 and sold to £57 gross for Beltex cross ewe lambs from Whitebog, Fortrose.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 15th ) sold 76 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (49) averaged 132.9p (-4.1p) and sold to 143p per kg and £957 gross.
Members of The Highland Council's Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey Planning Applications and Review Committee today (15th January 2008) were minded to grant outline planning application by Elphinstone Land Ltd / ASDA Stores for the development of a superstore, petrol filling station, 5 small retail units and associated works on land at Slackbuie Farm, Inverness. The Area Planning & Building Standards Manager, David Polson, is to report back to the next meeting of the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey Planning Applications and Review Committee with a package of conditions and the terms of developer contributions by legal agreement.
NDA BOSS SEES FUEL PLANT BEING FLATTENED Outgoing NDA chief engineer and nuclear safety director Laurence Williams was at Dounreay to see the shell of the old fuel fabrication plant being razed to the ground. The plant, code-named D1202, was the first of the "atomic factories" built at Dounreay in the 1950s to become operational.
There is a lot a motorist can do to reduce fuel consumption and save money. There are quite a few easy and inexpensive maintenance steps that can be taken to add miles to every gallon and save money.