Highland Council winter road condition reports for Thursday, 5 December 2013
5th December 2013
The Highland Councilís snow clearing / gritting route policies and area maps are online for 2013/14 at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting.
Road condition and gritting treatment reports by The Highland Councilís, Transport, Environmental and Community Services for Thursday 5 December 2013 are as follows:
Caithness, South Sutherland and East Ross
U2126 Oykel Bailley Bridge Road closed due to flooding. All roads in the Tain and Easter Ross, and Central Sutherland affected by fallen trees but currently passable. Roads throughout the area affected by fallen debris but passable with care. Posted: 05/12/2013 09:09
All routes treated ahead of snow showers forecast, gale force winds and heavy rain branches on roads. Posted: 05/12/2013 08:17
Caithness & North Sutherland
A mixture of heavy rain and wintery showers, high winds, treating all routes ahead of anticipated snow. Posted: 05/12/2013 09:05
The U1598 Glen Achulish road has re-opened. Posted: 05/12/2013 16:19
The U1313 Bellsgrove-Polloch has now been reopened. Posted: 05/12/2013 14:27
Wide spread storm damage, trees down and standing water on roads. Crews dealing with fallen trees as required. Pre-treatment for forecast snow delayed until 11am due to residual effects of storm. Posted: 05/12/2013 10:28
Skye and Lochalsh
All routes being treated. No issues Posted: 05/12/2013 12:39
Badenoch and Strathspey
Road report update Heavy snow showers gritting ongoing, Curlys Lane Newtonmore closed due to blown tree. Posted: 05/12/2013 12:19
Minor by-pass road at Tongue closed due to erosion and subsequent debris. Posted: 05/12/2013 11:50
Several trees and branches were down over roads and all cleared. Posted: 05/12/2013 11:24
Wet and windy, some trees and branches on road, being cleared. Posted: 05/12/2013 08:39
Badenoch and Strathspey
High gust of wind Trees and branches down on some roads this morning. All routes cleared and open. Rain turning to snow gritting ongoing all routes. Posted: 05/12/2013 11:11
B9006/B9090 closed between Clephanton Crossroads and A96 due to accident car/tree. B852 Dores Foyers closed due to fallen trees. A number of side roads in Kiltarlity, Beauly, Foyers Gorthleck Areas blocked with fallen trees. Grant Street Inverness was closed due to dangerous building. B862 Inverness to Beauly Rd - Was blocked due to fallen trees now passable with care. Posted: 05/12/2013 11:04
The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time. It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.
A Corporate Parenting Board is to be established which will have a duty of care for currently around 500 ‚ÄėLooked After' children and young people in Highland. Members of the Highland Community Planning Partnership‚Äôs, Community Planning Board have this week (21 March 2018) agreed to establish a Corporate Parenting Board the purpose of which will be to: ‚ÄĘ promote the corporate parenting role of statutory agencies and awareness of the duties towards care experienced young people in Highland.
The Highland Child Protection Committee has launched a Toolkit to assist individuals, volunteers and community groups working with children and young people understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to child protection. Over 60 people providing activities for children, young people and families in a paid and voluntary capacity came along to the launch event in Inverness yesterday.
Bill Alexander, Director of Care and Learning, has announced his intention to retire from The Highland Council. Bill commenced with the Council in 2000, in a joint post with NHS Highland as Head of Children's Services.
Beware of calls from scammers pretending to be the Telephone Preference Service warns Highland Council Trading Standards. Highland Council Trading Standards wish to warn consumers not to fall for a new telephone call scam in which fraudsters pretend to be calling from the Telephone Preference Service (or TPS).
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting. In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.
Motorists are being advised that The Highland Council is currently preparing to carry out resurfacing works at the following locations: ‚ÄĘ B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores ‚Äď Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and ‚ÄĘ B851 Errogie ‚Äď Strathnairn ‚Äď Daviot Bridge ‚Äď Culloden Moor Road; specifically at Aberarder House. Advanced works notification signage will be provided at various locations from Thursday 15 March 2018.
The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of ¬£482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under ¬£2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an ¬£80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a ¬£200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another ¬£80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
Highland Council is to make a special case for extra capital investment in the road infrastructure after a winter period which has seen the Highlands battered by some 57 days of severe weather. Highland Council area is particularly subject to severe winter weather, which has a significant impact on the roads and other infrastructure.
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