Council welcomes Inverness - Heathrow same-day-flights service
4th April 2019
Highland Council Leaders have welcomed the introduction of a new Inverness - London Heathrow service this week by British Airways which will allow people to travel between the two cities and return the same day.
Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson welcomes the new flight schedule that will see a 30 per cent increase in capacity on the route and bring the number of flights up to three return services on Saturdays and Sundays, with a double daily service Monday to Friday. From October, British Airways are to operate a twice daily service between the two cities seven days a week.
Cllr Davidson said: "Highland Council has long recognised the importance of having regular direct flights into Heathrow and improved air links is a key aim of our Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal. This is great news for the Highland economy which will go a long way to meeting the needs of the region's business sector and provide a boost to our tourism industry."
She added: "It's been more than 20 years since an early-morning flight between Inverness and London Heathrow was provided and this new British Airways service will be warmly welcomed by the Highland business community as it allows people like myself to attend important meetings in London and return the same day without wasting precious time and resources. This also applies to southern businesses wanting to take advantage of the opportunities the region has to offer, which is good news indeed."
Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Development and Infrastructure Service and Chair of HITRANS, also welcomed the new BA service to Heathrow, he said: "The Council and HITRANS have long supported the call for improved flight connectivity between Inverness and Heathrow enabling people to make daily return trips in either direction and also make better connections to and from international markets. British Airways are filling a gap that has been in the market for a long time and it’s up to us now in Highland to use the service to demonstrate our demand and desire for the service."
Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: “This is great news for Inverness and the region which was celebrated in true Highland style as the Inverness Royal British Legion Pipe Band piped passengers on board the first early morning flight this week also marking both the band and British Airways centenary years.
She said: “Tourism is a major contributor to the our economy and we look forward to welcoming an inflow of new visitors to Inverness and the Highlands such as Londoners on long weekends or international visitors using the new service as a direct interconnecting route via Heathrow.”
Road users are advised that on Saturday 22 June 2019 part of the C1112 Glen Affric Road will be temporarily closed to vehicles from 11am to 5pm during the Highland Cross 2019 event. The area affected is between the road's junction with the C1110 Cannich - Fasnakle - Kerrow Wood Road and its end at the north side of the road bridge over the Abhainn Gleann nam Fiadh.
People working in Highland trades businesses are being urged by The Highland Council to attend a supplier briefing roadshow event near them coming soon across the region if they wish to tender for future Council contracts. The Council has created a new Trades Services Framework for repair, maintenance and minor works to maintain and improve the Council estate and to help deliver the Council's property maintenance programme for domestic and non-domestic properties.
Steve Walsh OBE has been appointed as the Chief Executive designate for High Life Highland, it was announced today by Donald McLachlan, the Chair of the charity's Board. Mr Walsh will take up post in early September 2019, following the retirement of current Chief Executive, Ian Murray.
Highland Council Trading Standards have been made aware that cold call telephone scammers have recently changed tactics and are now targeting individual bank customers to gain access to bank accounts and clear bank accounts of cash. The so-called "authorised push payment scam" involves a fraudster impersonating a bank representative and phoning an unsuspecting potential victim by telephone.
The Highland Council is asking communities and other stakeholders for their thoughts and opinion on a draft strategy to improve the town centres of Brora, Dornoch, Golspie, Thurso and Wick. The draft Caithness and Sutherland Town Centre Strategy presents several potential actions for each of the town centres.
Highland schools and Police call on people to share information on suspected anti-social, alcohol and drug activity. Highland Council secondary schools in the Mid Highland area and Police Scotland are writing to parents and carers urging them to share any concerns or information related to possible anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug activity in their areas.
William Gilfillan, Director of Community Services will be leaving the Council on Friday, 7th June 2019. William joined Highland Council from Fife Council in 2000 to lead the New Community School development in Alness Academy.
Highland Council is to seek the views of local communities on a proposal to establish a Gaelic Medium catchment area for Mount Pleasant Primary School. The change is being proposed in line with Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Medium Education.
Re- opening on the horizon for Caithness. Highland Council's Care Learning and Housing Committee today agreed a package of revenue and capital funding which is a major milestone towards the re-opening of Caithness Horizons, Thurso.
The Highland Council's new Education Transformation programme is taking shape with various initiatives put in place to deliver better educational outcomes for young people, as detailed in a presentation to the Care, Learning and Housing Committee today (29 May 2019). The Education Transformation programme has the dual purpose of improving outcomes for all children and young people whilst ensuring that resources are used wisely and efficiently.
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