Planning go ahead for new Wick North Primary School
15th January 2014
Detailed plans for a new Primary School north of the river in Wick were given the go ahead today (Tuesday 14 January 2014) by The Highland Councilís North Planning Applications Committee.
The new school will be built on part of the existing playing fields serving the existing North Primary School on Girnigoe Street and will replace North Primary School and Hillhead Primary School.
Work is expected to start after this Easter school holiday with the 330 pupils and 100 nursery pupils moving into their £14.1 million new school in August 2015.
The new school will include a library, dining and sports facilities, a 3-classroom Additional Support Needs facility, 90-place nursery, sports pitches and multi-use games area. Car parking access will be from Ackergill Street and a drop off zone will be created along Girnigoe Street.
The application was presented by Hub North Scotland Ltd who are delivering the school project for The Highland Council. Planning consent has already been granted to the Council for the new 3 to 18 Wick Community Campus school south of the river - within the grounds of the existing Wick High School. The Community Campus facility will replace the existing Wick High School, South Primary School, Pulteneytown Academy Primary School, the community swimming pool and the community library.
Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chair, Adult and Childrenís Services Committee, said: ďThis is another milestone achieved in delivering the most modern education provision possible in Wick. Our investment of £54 million is a huge boost to the local community and to the building industry in the area. Good news all round.Ē
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.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting. 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.
The ¬£48.5m Wick Community Campus built by Morrison Construction has been announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The project is entered in the category for "Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy" against eight other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018.
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