Highland Council winter road condition report for Wednesday 6 February 2019
6th February 2019
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 6 February 2019 are as follows:
Caithness and North Sutherland: Posted 08:41
A mix of ice, frost and damp roads. All routes treatment ongoing. No known issues.
South Sutherland: Posted 09:39
There is a significant difference this morning between air and road temperatures. Ice is affecting all routes with extreme conditions locally between Strathy and Strathrory on the B9176 Struie road, the A836 Bonar Bridge to Invershin and B864 Achany Glen.
Ross and Cromarty: Posted 07:12
Reports of Black Ice across majority of East Ross and Mid Ross routes this morning making for difficult driving conditions. All East routes are being treated this morning. West routes are wet but mostly with positive temperatures with no reported issues. A number of vehicles are reported off road and have been reported to police. Overnight an Artic lorry was stuck on B9176 at Newbridge in Ardross due to ice. The issue was resolved at 3:30am.
Nairn: Posted 09:32
Cold and frosty morning on the higher routes. There is widespread ice and black ice across area. All routes being treated.
Badenoch and Strathspey: Posted 08:53
Frost, ice and hard packed snow widespread across area. Roads are being treated with salt as necessary.
Skye and Lochalsh: Posted 08:14
Positive road surface temperatures across area this morning. Some hail showers but no problems to report.
Inverness: posted 08:13
Roads very icy this morning. All gritting routes are being treated.
Lochaber: Posted 07:52
Heavy rain showers overnight and early morning leaving a lot of surface water on all routes. There are positive road surface temperatures on all routes.
Today there are no Highland schools closed due to the winter weather but Fortrose Academy (621 pupils) is closed due to water, heating and power issues.
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Investment of an additional £1.5m for roads maintenance was approved as a priority area for the Council's revenue budget. The additional money will help to boost the annual budget for pothole repairs, clearing culverts, and bridge maintenance.
Tighter controls on what can be taken to the public recycling centres are set to save £300,000 over the next two financial years. This proposal introduces restrictions on construction and demolition waste brought to our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), limiting quantities to small amounts generated through minor DIY activities.
The main activities that the social enterprise groups currently carry out directly for Highland Council waste management are the servicing of re-use containers on our household waste recycling centres (HWRCs). These currently divert around 150 tonnes from 11 HWRCs.
Newstart Highland that took over Home Aid in Caithness is set to lose a £75,000 grant from 2019/20. The Highland council agreed the reduction at its budget meeting on 14th February 2019.
Planning and building warrant income is to be increased over 3 years as part of the Highland council 3 year budget plan. 2019/20 - £600,000 2020/21 - £328,000 2021/22 - £182,000 Total - £110,000,000 The current income target for planning and building control fees is £4.867m.
Savings of £610,000 are being asked from Highland Highlife in addition to inflationary pressures of £900,000 to be absorbed by the organisation. The arms length organisation has proved to be an outstanding success in the few years since it was floated by the council.
Highland councillors reluctantly agreed to range of increase charges under the community services part of the budget. Many of the charges reflect inflationary increases The total of £2.063 million will be rolled out as follows - 2019/20 - £771,000 2020/21 - £.636,000 2021/22 - £656,000 The split is as follows - Export licences for fish were included in the above figures but a change was agreed at the meeting that should make the saving in total.
Additional Income projected £216k of is projected for thenext three years - 2019/20 - £118,000 2020/21 - £58,000 2021/22 - £40,000 Through a proactive approach to lease extensions (with premiums) and increases in rental income the council will seek to maximise the performance of the industrial and investment portfolio, including selling off poor performing industrial sites and focusing investment on high performing, high rental sites and properties. Net income £2.776m - excludes income for the Housing Revenue Account and Inverness Common Good Fund.
The Highland council agrred to slash £258,000 from the budget for Early Years organisations for 2019/20 The current budget for Early Years' Grants is £458k per annum. This is primarily an area-based budget where partners are able to apply for funding for one-off grants.
Councillors today 14th February 2019 agreed to increase the price of school meals despite some councillors pointing out that previous increase last year resulted in reduced number taking the meals. Councillors have little room to help as they did in the past to basically subsidise meals.
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