Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Tuesday 13 February 2018
13th February 2018
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 Tuesday 13 February 2018 are as follows:
Caithness and North Sutherland: A dusting of snow on high routes with slush on low roads. Snow and sleet showers are continuing. Roads are being treated with 50/50 mix and no problems have been reported, Caithness has sleet showers and low temperatures so also a 50/50 mix treatement is getting laid down on routes. As at 09:07
Ross and Cromarty: Heavy snow is lying across the whole area. Crews are reporting difficult conditions which are slowing their progress but routes are being treated by priority. As at 07:44
Skye & Lochalsh: Scattered snow showers across Skye this morning with more significant accumulations of snow affecting Lochalsh. Skye Primary routes are clear with treatment ongoing on Primary routes in Lochalsh. Treatment is ongoing. As at 08:59
Lochaber: Heavy snow across the area this morning. All gritters are deployed on primary routes at the present time and will then move on to treat secondary routes. Footway ploughs will be deployed as resources permit. As at 07:56
Badenoch and Strathspey: Heavy snow has fallen across the whole area. Routes are being treated as necessary. As at 08:31
Nairn: Snow is lying across whole area so roads are being treated as necessary. As at 08:33
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.
As at 09.15am today a total of 2 secondary and 14 primary schools (including 12 nurseries) across the Highlands are closed or partially closed and opened later than normal.
The list below shows all schools and any associated nurseries closed due to bad weather unless otherwise stated:
Cromarty Primary -clean up following burst pipe
Dingwall Primary: Partially closed - opening 1 hour later
Farr Primary (Inv):
Inverie Primary: Closed (no water/heating/power)
Knockbreck Primary (Dunvegan): Partially closed – opening 1 hour later
Kyle Primary: Closed (no water/heating/power)
Macdiarmid Primary: Partially closed – opening 1 hour later
Mallaig High School: Partially closed – opening 1 hour later
Mallaig Primary: Partially closed – opening 1 hour later
Plockton High School:
Spean Bridge Primary: Partially closed – opening 1 hour later
PLEASE NOTE other schools may close during the day so please visit the school closures website for up-to-date information - https://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.
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.
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.
The Highland Council Budget team have agreed their final budget proposals which will go to Council for agreement on 15 February 2018. Budget Leader Councillor Alister Mackinnon said: "We have done everything we can to protect frontline services and jobs in a good budget.
The timetable for the election for the return of a councillor for the Caol and Mallaig ward of The Highland Council has been announced today (Monday 5 February) The by-election is being held following the sad death of Councillor Billy MacLachlan who was one of three Councillors representing Ward 11. The other Ward members are Councillors Allan Henderson (Independent) and Ben Thompson (Independent) The Notice of Election and Nomination Form will be published on the Council's website www.highland.gov.uk (external link) on Tuesday 13 February.
Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, has expressed his disappointment in the lack of promised support for local authorities struggling to fund the extra pressures caused by the winter weather. He said: "The Highland Council has the largest roadwork of any local authority in the UK, with nearly 7,000km of regional roads and over 1,700km of footways.
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