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.
The schools closures page on the Council's website at: https://www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures 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 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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