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23/1/2020
Highland Council must change to ensure it is financially sustainableThumbnail for article : Highland Council must change to ensure it is financially sustainable
Highland Council must make significant savings and change the way it delivers services to ensure it can live within its financial means.   A report by the Accounts Commission, Scotland's local authority watchdog, says in recent years the council has had a poor record of delivering on savings.  
23/1/2020
Council House Rents To Increase By 3% In Highland From April 2020Thumbnail for article : Council House Rents To Increase By 3% In Highland From April 2020
Highland councillors will be asked a the meeting on 29th January 2020 of the newly created Housing and Property committee to agree to increase council house rents by 3% for 2021.  This would result in an increase in the average weekly council house rent from £75.38 to £77.64 (£2.26 per week).  
The NDA has launched its 2020 Stakeholder Survey
We're looking for your input to help shape future engagement.   The on-line survey only takes 10-15 minutes to finish and gives stakeholders, with an interest in the NDA's decommissioning and clean-up mission, a chance to air their views on progress - and on how they can do things better.  
Engineering Apprenticeships (mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation) Closing Date 19 February 2020Thumbnail for article : Engineering Apprenticeships (mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation) Closing Date 19 February 2020
Starting Salary: £12,595 in Year 1 rising to £18,191 in Year 4.   Dounreay is working at the forefront of nuclear decommissioning, waste management and environmental restoration.  
16/1/2020
Storm damage takes its toll on Highland roadsThumbnail for article : Storm damage takes its toll on Highland roads
Storm Brendan has taken its toll on roads and infrastructure across the Highlands.   Localised flooding, wind and ice has caused damage to roads, paths, car parks and walls in numerous areas including Applecross, Lochaber and Caithness and Sutherland.  
Highlands and Islands Enterprise Look To Hi-tech To Improve Fish IndustryThumbnail for article : Highlands and Islands Enterprise Look To Hi-tech To Improve Fish Industry
The transnational project, called ‘DisruptAqua', is worth €155,000 and is being supported by the European Union's Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) 2014-2020.   As the demand for fish is increasing, the innovative use of existing and new technologies is required.  
Flybe Deal Keeps Flights Going To Wick For Now
Flybe's franchise partner Eastern Airways has flights to Wick from Aberdeen and would have been in danger if the company had gone bust.   Flybe has agreed £110m rescue deal.  
13/1/2020
Local Government Funding Is Not Keeping Up With Needs Say COSLA
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has launched a campaign to persuade the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP to invest in Scotland's councils before it is too late.  COSLA has produced a briefing document Invest in Essential Services which clearly shows the reduction to Local Government funding since 2013/14 and how the flexibility councils have to spend their budget has been eroded by the Scottish Government.  
Safe Loading In Rough Seas At Gills Harbour Pentland FerriesThumbnail for article : Safe Loading In Rough Seas At Gills Harbour Pentland Ferries
With expert guidance from the crew of Pentland Ferries "Alfred" this lorry safely loads onto the ferry at Gills Harbour, Caithness, today (9 January 2019), for her crossing to St Margarets Hope.   Sea swells were evident, making the job even harder & causing the ferry to be delayed.  
MV Helliar Replacing MV Hamnavoe 13th - 26th JanuaryThumbnail for article : MV Helliar Replacing MV Hamnavoe 13th  - 26th January
The MV Hamnavoe is due to be in dry dock from 13th to 26th January 2020 (inclusive), and there will be additional north and southbound calls into Kirkwall by the MV Hrossey and MV Hjaltland.  During this time the MV Helliar will provide a replacement service on the Pentland Firth route.  
9/1/2020
Councils Empowered To Introduce Safety And Control Measures
Local authorities are to be given new powers to regulate short-term lets where they decide this is in the interests of local communities.   Housing Minister Kevin Stewart announced measures in the Scottish Parliament to provide local authorities with the ability to implement a licensing scheme for short-term lets from spring 2021.  
Archives Accreditation Award: Nucleus - The Nuclear And Caithness ArchiveThumbnail for article : Archives Accreditation Award: Nucleus - The Nuclear And Caithness Archive
We are delighted to announce that the latest Scottish service to be awarded Accredited Archive Status is Nucleus - the Nuclear and Caithness Archive.  Encompassing the national archive of the UK civil nuclear industry, Nucleus is also home to the historical archive for the county of Caithness.  
Caithness General Hospital secures a world first for pioneering environmental workThumbnail for article : Caithness General Hospital secures a world first for pioneering environmental work
Caithness General Hospital in Wick is the first hospital in the world to gain the prestigious Alliance of Water Stewardship standard.   Pioneering work in Wick has enabled the town's main hospital to be awarded international status for work undertaken to reduce the impact of pharmaceuticals on the environment.  
Scrabster Harbour At The End Of 2019Thumbnail for article : Scrabster Harbour At The End Of 2019
See Photo Gallery to take look around Scrabster harbour as 2019 draws to a close..  
23/12/2019
Highland Council staff and members dig deep for charity this festive season
Big-hearted Highland Council staff and members have dug deep into their pockets at an already expensive time of year to help two important charities in the region.   Staff at Highland Council headquarters have been fundraising for the Highland Hospice through a charity raffle, coffee morning and staff pantomime.  
23/12/2019
Record-breaking fraud prevented in run up to Christmas
Royal Bank of Scotland prevents over £11.64million of fraud in run up to Christmas (29 Nov to 19 Dec 2019).   A record-breaking number of transactions are being processed in the run up to Christmas as shoppers rush to finish last minute shopping.  
23/12/2019
Best Year Ever For Hi-Scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Best Year Ever For Hi-Scot Credit Union
As 2019 draws to an end, the staff and volunteers at HI-Scot credit union are reflecting on a successful year for the organisation.   "We are pleased to report that 2019 was another twelve months of growth for HI-Scot," said Margaret Ann MacLeod, Chair of the Board of Directors, "This is good news not only for the credit union, but for our members and the communities we serve across the Highlands and Islands." At the recent HI-Scot AGM, the members attending approved a 0.5% dividend.  
20/12/2019
Highland Council gives notice that a procurement for Corran Ferry service may be coming
Highland Council will be testing the market by contacting prospective contractors (scheduled to be sent out 6th January 2020) to give notice that a procurement for the Corran ferry service may be coming forward.   A questionnaire will seek the views of suppliers and potential suppliers of ferry services to the Council.  
20/12/2019
Highland Council Service Arrangements For Christmas And New Year
The Highland Council notifies its service users and customers of its opening hours and service arrangements over the festive period.   The Highland Council Service Centre will close at 4pm on 24 December 2019.  
20/12/2019
This Christmas let's reduce our waste in Highland as much as possible!
The Highland Council is reminding householders and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible over the festive period to prevent unnecessary waste.   Christmas is often a time of excess waste, particularly when it comes to food.