Highland Council Winter Road Condition And School Closure Report For Wednesday 7 March 2018
7th March 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 Wednesday 7 March 2018 are as follows:
Caithness and North Sutherland: The A836 Lairg to Tongue road is still closed as both ploughs needing to sort out laybys on their return journey. There is still up to 3-4 feet of drifting snow on parts of the route. Other North routes have up to 4" of lying snow on high parts with slushy conditions on lower routes. No other problems reported and treatment is on-going by priority. Caithness is staying mild and the only action required is on slushy high roads. No problems reported. As at 09:07
South Sutherland: The B9176 Struie Hill Road snow gates are still closed. The A836 Dalchork Junction - Tongue road is also still closed until the plough's manage to clear all the snow drifts. Most routes are affected by snow cover on higher sections. All are being patrolled and treated as necessary in order of priority. As at 08:53
Ross and Cromarty: Lingering soft wet snow from the previous night is affecting stretches on most routes but not causing any problem. The Bealach road closed on the previous night due to high winds and drifting snow is expected to be re-opened later today. Roads in Ward 7 around the Fearn area are affected by flooding. The Fearn to Balintore road was closed through the night and drainage work is being carried out this morning. The B9176 Struie Road at Ardross Bridge is currently closed due to a landslide. A diversion is in place via Alness. 07:34
Badenoch and Strathspey: There is 1 to 2 cms of snow and frosty patches across all roads so treatment is being carried out as necessary. Fog laying across the area. As at 07:46
Nairn: The B9007 Ferness to Duthil road has a dusting of snow and a slight sparkle so has been treated with salt as necessary. Other roads are wet and have no issues. As at 07:56
Lochaber: Roads in the main damp three routes have been treated. The rest of the Primary and secondary routes are reported clear No overnight incidents reported. As at 08:17
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 09.30am this morning no Highland schools are closed today due to the weather but the following are closed due to issues with water, heating or power.
St Clement's School& Nursery
For a list of the school affected and to get updates throughout the day 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.
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THROUGHOUT the month of November, The Highland Council's Chief Executive and members of the budget team have met with staff, groups and communities across the length and breadth of the Highlands. These sessions were part of a budget engagement exercise which also included facebook chats, survey, leaflet, video, and a budget challenge to raise awareness of budget challenges and gather views and priorities.
The Highland Council is to carry out a public consultation on the implementation of a transient visitor levy in the New Year. During the Council's public engagement activity during November, a strong theme was support for raising income from tourism, including a tourist levy, which could support local infrastructure, as well as the tourism sector itself.
Members have agreed six priority commitments in a revised Council Programme at today's council meeting. The six themes within the Programme are: A Council that Champions the Highlands; A Place to Live; A place to Thrive; A place to Prosper; A Welcoming Place; and Your Highland Council These themes and the actions which the council has agreed to, reflect priorities which have emerged through the round of public engagement during November.
The Highland Council has today (Tuesday 11 December 2018) announced significant progress in the quality of collection and reporting on the performance of it's town centres through the release of new Town Centre Health Check "Story Maps". The maps contain a huge amount of data on many aspects.
A Highland Council employee, nominated by the tenants she works with, has scooped a national award. Lorna Simpson from Wick has been a Tenant Participation Officer with The Highland Council for the past ten years, covering Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.
Highland Council's work to continuously improve Tenant Participation in the region has been recognised by the Scottish Housing Regulator and the Tenant Participation Advisory Service. Members of the Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee have welcomed the recognition received by Housing Staff and commended their ongoing engagement activities.
Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee have approved the first draft ‘Highland Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan' for 2019 - 2024 which will be submitted to the Scottish Government by the end of this year. The plan provides an analysis of homelessness in the region and the capacity to deliver rapid rehousing within the current patterns of housing need and demand.
Welfare staff within Highland Council's UK Award winning Benefits and Welfare Reform Team have decided to forego their office Secret Santa tradition and instead donate to Blythswood's Highland Foodbank this Christmas. Sheila McKandie, Highland Council's Benefits and Welfare Manager explained:"On a daily basis we work with the dedicated team at Blythswood Highland Foodbank directing people to them who are in urgent need.
The latest outlook for future housing delivery and school roll forecasts across Highland has been announced by the Highland Council today (Tuesday 4 December 2018). The joint publication of the Housing Land Audit and School Roll Forecast provides up to date forecasts for housing delivery and school rolls across the Highland Council area and will be used to monitor, implement and share details of the actions needed to support future housing growth.
Since the referendum decision to leave the European Union, The Highland Council has considered and made representations on a number of issues which have potential implications for the Highland economy and Highland communities. EU funding has brought hundreds of millions of pounds of assistance to the region over the past 40 years which has been critical to the region's growth.
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