Caithness & Sutherland Area Committee - First Meeting In Refurbished Wick Town Hall
22nd September 2014
The next meeting of the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee of Highland council will be held in the newly refurbished town hall on Tuesday 23rd September 2014.
the meeting starts at 10.30am and may last until 3.00pm depending on debates and presentations.
Main committee meetings of the Highland Council are open to the public to attend.
The agenda and papers can be viewed at -
The meeting will be webcast live from -
The Committee will consider the Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan), which presents suggested outcomes that the plan should deliver in terms of employment, growing communities, connectivity and transport, environment and heritage. It will seek people's views on the main issues affecting the area and location of future development during a proposed 12 week consultation to begin in October.
The Committee will also hear a presentation from Venture North on the work to develop tourism in the Caithness and north Coast Sutherland area.
Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting.
Councillor Deirdre Mackay, Area Leader Caithness and Sutherland said: Wick Town Hall is of significant importance to the civic history of the town. It is a beautiful building which was the meeting place of the local Council for many years.
"I was last in the Town Hall Chamber when I represented Wick 1999 - 2003 and I am really looking forward to the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee meeting in the newly refurbished Chamber. It will be great to enjoy the traditional surroundings but with the benefit of modern technology. The chamber is also now fully DDA compliant.
“I would like to place on record my thanks to my fellow councillors and the officers supporting the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee for their forbearance while work was underway on the Chamber."
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: • B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores – Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and • B851 Errogie – Strathnairn – Daviot Bridge – 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.
A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector. Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.
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