Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Thursday 7 December 2017
7th December 2017
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday 7 December 2017 are as follows:
Caithness and Sutherland: Most roads are affected by snow and ice. Treatment in progress.
All roads are passable with care. 09:19
Ross and Cromarty: No issues overnight. This morning there are strong winds and wet roads. Treatment of the Bealach na Ba and Dundonell to Breamore Junction started this morning due to low tempratures and the forecast for snow. All costal routes are being checked due to expected tidal surge later today.09:15
Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross: Positive road surface temperatures throughout the area so no gritting treatments underway but all crews are on standby. 09:05
Lochaber: There was some localised flooding overnight. On the B863 crews are clearing debris on the carriage way near Invercoe. A tree is down at the edge of the carriage way near Colasnacon which staff are also clearing. 09:05
Badenoch and Strathspey: Strong gusts of wind across the area which has wet roads with wintery showers. Crews are treating high with salt ahead of the forecasted ice, sleet and snow. 08:32
Nairn: Strong gusts of wind across the area which has wet roads with wintery showers. Crews are treating high with salt ahead of the forecasted ice, sleet and snow. 08:44
Inverness: Wet roads throughout the area but no problems reported. 08:06:00
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. 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.
Highland has the longest road network of any council in Scotland and it is not possible to treat every road at the same time. A priority system is applied to treat the areas in greatest need first.
Trunk roads are gritted by BEAR Scotland (North West) for Transport Scotland.
School Closures: All of the following schools and any associated nurseries are closed today due to bad weather.
Farr High School:
Farr Primary (Sutherland):
Golspie High School
Kinlochbervie High School:
Newton Park Primary
Thurso High School:
Wick High School:
Total schools closed:
Secondary schools: 5 (1788 pupils)
Primary schools: 29 (2013 pupils)
Nurseries: 17 (237 children)
Visit the school closures website for up-to-date information at www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures - the page is updated from 7am and cleared each evening. Get alerts of closures on Highland Council's Twitter and Facebook. Or phone 0800 564 2272 to get the latest pre-recorded message from head teachers regarding their school. Have the school's PIN ready when you call.
The Highland Council has agreed to use City-Region Deal funding to part fund new mid-market housing projects throughout the Highlands. The affordable housing projects will be developed by Albyn Housing Society and Highland Housing Alliance in Ullapool, Fort William, Alness, Inverness, Aviemore, Grantown, Drumnadrochit and Newtonmore and will deliver 61 new homes targeted at young people working in the area.
The Highland Council is set to make it easier for the public to report incidents of fly tipping and be advised when action is taken. As part of an evaluation of its street cleaning service an in-depth LEAN review of how the council deals with fly tipping has been carried out to look at ways of improving responsiveness and customer satisfaction.
Highland Councillors agreed a council tax increase of 3% which will mean an increase of £35.93 per annum on a Band D property. Overall, the budget gap of £15,146 million has been met by a package of savings which includes increasing Council Tax income by £3.448 million, increasing income by £3,059 million, setting a target of £2,250 million to be saved through Redesign and reducing expenditure by £5.1 million.
Redesign is about the Council being more open-minded to new ways of delivering services, more commercially-minded to raise income to support services and jobs across the region and being more community-minded, listening locally and supporting more community-run services. The Highland Council is seeking to release over £2.2 million in savings this year through redesign projects.
An election will take place for Dunnet and Canisbay Community Council on Wednesday 21 February 2018. The maximum permitted membership for the Community Council is 7 and as 8 nominations have been received, the 1349 electors in the community council area are being invited to cast their vote via a postal ballot.
Over three thousand people visited Inverness Town House last weekend to see for themselves the completion of interior works on the public historic Grade A listed building following recent renovations. Around 2,000 visitors passed through the Town House doors on Saturday 10th and another 1,200 people on Sunday 11th February.
Nomination packs for prospective candidates for the Caol and Mallaig Ward by-election are now available from The Highland Council's website. The by-election is being held following the sad death of Councillor Billy MacLachlan who was one of three Councillors representing Ward 11.
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. 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.
In recognition that roads are a high priority for communities in Highland the Administration at The Highland Council will be putting forward a budget on Thursday (15 February) that protects the budget for local roads. Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Allan Henderson said: "We have nearly 7,000 kilometres of roads in the Highlands and this network is vital to our rural communities and lifeline services.
The Highland Council is asking stakeholders and members of the public for feedback on new draft guidance aimed at ensuring high quality designs for traditional, replacement and new shopfronts. Not only does the draft Shopfront Design Guide: Planning Guidance provide advice to help promote good quality applications but it encourages developers and applicants to consider design at the earliest stage in their proposals.
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