Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Friday, 15 December 2017
15th December 2017
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.
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for Friday, 15 December 2017 are as follows:
Caithness and North Sutherland: Wet roads on most of the routes with a dusting on the high ground, Caithness has hard packed snow and icy stretches on some routes all treated with 20gms of salt no problems reported. At 09:06
South Sutherland: All routes icy this morning, all currently being treated in order of priority. No known problems. At: 08:00
Skye and Lochalsh: No problems to report across Skye network this morning. Road surface temperatures higher than forecast. Ice patches, frost and sleet reported across Lochalsh / Wester Ross routes. Treatment extending across secondary and other routes. No problems to report. At 09:26
Lochaber: Primary routes finally complete. Very tricky driving conditions with black ice on many of the routes this morning. Now going on to deal with secondary and other routes as resources permit. At 10:16
Nairn: Dusting of snow and frost on higher routes, some sparkle on lower routes - primary and secondary routes being salted. At 08:31
Badenoch and Strathspey: 3 to 4cms of snow on higher routes, lower routes have frosty slush. Roads being bladed and salted. At 07:50
Inverness: Wet roads this morning on the low ground turning to icy patches and light snow fall on higher roads. Road surface temperature still below 0 in most areas covering all routes and footpaths. At 07:45
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: Rogart Primary is closed today due to severe road conditions affecting 19 pupils.
PLEASE NOTE other schools may close during the day so please 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 by 6pm. 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.
At Highland Council work has been ongoing for some months to prepare a Revenue and Capital Budget for 2018/19 and beyond, with the anticipation of a significant cut to available funds. The Scottish Government's proposed grant settlement was announced on 14 December 2017.
Around £3 million of funding has been agreed for a ground-breaking Highland project that could transform the lives of people with complex health needs as part of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal. The business case for the ‘FitHome' assisted living project was approved in November last year with £3m funding from the Scottish Government.
An article in the Press and Journal today 9th January 2018 highlights the cuts in staffing levels across Scottish councils with Highland being one of the highest. In 2009 Highland had 9953 Full-time Equivalent Staff and in 2017 it had dropped by 21% to 7838.
Highland Council Trading Standards team has recently seen an increase in scams targeting Highland businesses. The most common scams reported by businesses relate to marketing and publishing but other frauds such as those involving demands for payment for unsolicited goods sent to businesses (such as ink cartridges which were never ordered) are also on the rise.
Cognitive improvements to be included in Blue Badge scheme The disabled person's parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been made permanent by the Scottish Government. The eligibility criteria were revised and extended under a pilot to allow carers and relatives of people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic to apply for a disabled person's parking badge, provided they meet the criteria.
People looking to pick up a New Year bargain in the sales on the internet, by mail order or on the high street are being encouraged by The Highland Council's Trading Standards team to be aware of their consumer rights and to stay safe online from scams and fake websites that try to dupe inexperienced online shoppers trying to buy a bargain. Consumers have extra protection when they shop online.
The British Hospitality Association secured a major victory today (21 December2017) as the Scottish Government confirmed that any plans for a ‘tourist tax' in Edinburgh - or any other Scottish cities - are firmly off the table. The BHA has been campaigning consistently for over six years against the implementation of any such additional and uncompetitive tax and is delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised our reservations.
Chief Executive of The Highland Council, Steve Barron said: "The Council is continuing to do all it can to support employees who lost their jobs following the change in contract for the processing of recycled waste. Evanton-based William Munro Construction laid off the staff after Highland Council transferred a recycling contract.
The Highland Council has successfully prosecuted a food business after discovering unsafe hygiene practices in the transportation of food. An investigation by officers of the Council's Environmental Health Team discovered that N E Meats Ltd of Newcastle had been transporting and delivering foods from the North of England to the Highlands without any temperature control measures.
The Commission on Highland Democracy has this week launched its report at the meeting of The Highland Council. The Commission, which was supported in its work by The Highland Council, but is independent, has produced a comprehensive analysis of the state of democratic participation in Highland.
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