Highland Schools Update - 11 January 2015
11th January 2015
DUE to storm damage, two schools, may not be open on Monday. Brora Primary School and Canisbay Primary School have both suffered some roof damage.
At Brora, a scaffold will be erected at the start of this week to allow the extent of damage to be accurately assessed and a roofing contractor to make the building watertight. It is envisaged that the school will be open to pupils on Tuesday. The school and kitchen has been open this weekend and used as an emergency centre for the local community.
The roof covering over the kitchen at Canisbay Primary School has been damaged and the power has been off. It is anticipated that the school will be open on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Mallaig Primary School remains closed to allow completion of structural repairs to the chimney. Parents and carers of Mallaig Primary and Nursery pupils have been advised that on Monday 12 January, the school building will remain closed and alternative arrangements have been planned for pupils to attend school. All Mallaig Nursery children should go to Arisaig Primary and Mallaig Primary pupils should report to Mallaig High School at 9am.
There has also been some storm damage to Wick High School and Invergordon Academy, however it is expected that both of these schools will be open on Monday as normal.
Most other schools are currently expected to open on Monday. However, this is subject to the availability of heating and power, and further inspections of building damage, and parents and carers are advised to check the council's school closures website www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures which will be updated after 7am on Monday 12 January or the school closures phone line on 0800 564 2272.
Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Glencoul, Kylesku area. Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.
Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Eishort. Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.
Funding for food and activities during the summer break. More children and young people will benefit from a nutritious meal and a place to play this summer holiday.
At a meeting of The Highland Council on Thursday 27 June 2019, Councillors decided to discontinue the provision of education at Altnaharra Primary School, dividing its catchment area between Tongue Primary, Farr Primary and Lairg Primary schools. A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices can be viewed on the Council's website at: www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority.
"Highland Council as agreed to allow a question time for members of the public at future Council meetings. The motion was presented by Depute Leader Cllr Alasdair Christie and means that from December 2019, Highland Council meetings will include a time allocation for questions from members of the public.
Highland Councillors have unanimously agreed that the Council will support the continuation of the exemption from UK Air Passenger Duty for flights departing from airports in the Highlands & Islands; and Members also agreed that the Council will continue working with HiTRANS to present the case of the need for, and benefit arising from an exemption from the current UK Air Passenger Duty and any successor duty. The Council's stance comes this week as calls have been made by Aberdeen Airport for greater parity with Highlands & Islands.
Suicide prevention is a key priority for The Highland Council. Members have agreed today, to take forward a piece of research with partners including NHS Highland and Police Scotland, to better understand the current evidence base and experience of suicide in Highland.
The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors has been approved by the Council as part of a range of measures to improve wellbeing. An Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members will be put in place to offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.
Councillor Mackie had a written question at today's meeting of Highland council. Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Environment, Development & Infrastructure Committee "Official Highland Council guidance indicates that, unless extended, successful Community Asset Transfer requests should be completed by the Local Authority within a nine months' timeframe.
From highland council Meting today 27 June 2019. Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Corporate Resources Committee "What are the current best estimates for present total Highland Council debt and the annual financial commitment required to service this debt?".
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