December 2005

Contract Awarded for All Weather Pitch at Wick High School

The contract for the construction of an All Weather Pitch at Wick High School Playing fields has been awarded to Malcolm Construction Services Ltd.

Pupils centre stage at West Ross road opening

The 12 pupils from Kinlochewe Primary School joined local Highland Councillors Roy Macintyre, Gairloch, and Ewen Mackinnon, Lochcarron, at a ceremony to mark both the official opening of the second phase of the upgrading of the A 832 Achnasheen – Kinlochewe road and the commencement of work on phase three.

Council warns about Unpasteurised French Cheese and Butter in the Highland

The Highland Council’s Environmental Health Officers are warning catering business and members of the public in the Highlands to be on the lookout for certain French cheese and butter products that have been identified as possibly being contaminated with harmful bacteria.

Underage sales of fireworks

Firework test purchases at 23 firework retailers in the Highlands using a number of young volunteers, aged 15 and 16, have revealed a failure of three retailers in Highland to restrict the sale of fireworks to children and young people.

Tourism is the business of everyone

A seminar organised by The Highland Council was held today to address the future of tourism in the Highlands.

Launch of new book at Opening of extension to Tore Primary School

The author of a book which charts the history of Tore Primary School was a guest today (Friday) at the formal opening of a £55,000 extension to the school.

Lochaber date for top comedian

BAFTA Award winning comedian Lee Mack, host of BBC One’s "They Think It’s All Over" will be performing at the Sunart Centre in Lochaber on Thursday 19 January, as part of a national tour.

New head teacher for Thurso High School

The new Head Teacher of the 992-pupil Thurso High School is Dr Fiona Grant who is currently Depute Head Teacher at Thurso High School. She will take up her post after the Christmas school holidays.

Temporary Traffic Lights in Inverness removed over Christmas Holidays

The temporary traffic lights which have been in place since last month on the Southern Distributor Road will be removed until work on constructing the new roundabout begins again in the New Year.

Solar Shelter is shining example of passenger care

The latest bus shelter in the Highlands is also a first in the area. Located at Milton of Culloden, Inverness, the shelter is equipped with solar roof panels that provide power for a light.

Highland Council Smoking Ban

When members of the public visit any Highland Council office or property in the New Year they will benefit from a totally smoke-free environment.

Skye and Lochalsh Recycling Arrangements

Over the Christmas period it is estimated that we will produce approximately 30% more waste than usual. In the UK, 1 billion Christmas cards will be sent, 10 million turkeys will be sold 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper used, 7 and a half million trees bought, an extra 750 million bottles, glass containers and 500 million drink cans used.

Modernising Services for the Elderly

The Highland Council decision to enter into a long-term partnership with the independent sector to deliver 160 care home places across four areas of the Highlands took another step forward this week when Councillors attending a Care Home Sub-Committee agreed that interested groups will be fully consulted before the specifications for the various tender documents are agreed and advertised Europe-wide.

Russian children trace footsteps of Ross geologist

A group of Russian school children and their teachers will visit Muir of Ord tomorrow (Tuesday 6th December, 2005) to see the birth-place of Scottish Geologist Sir Roderick Murchison.

Highland Council on course to hit recycling target

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the everyone living in the region The Highland Council is on course to reach it’s recycling target of 17.6% by April 2006.

Christmas Recycling Arrangements in Sutherland

Over the Christmas period it is estimated that we will produce approximately 30% more waste than usual. In the UK,1 billion Christmas cards will be sent, 10 million turkeys will be sold 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper used, seven and a half million trees bought, an extra 750 million bottles, glass containers and 500 million drink cans used.

Have a green Christmas - recycling arrangements in Ross and Cromarty over the holidays

Over the Christmas period it is estimated that we will produce approximately 30% more waste than usual. In the UK,1 billion Christmas cards will be sent, 10 million turkeys will be sold 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper used, seven and a half million trees bought, an extra 750 million bottles, glass containers and 500 million drink cans used.

Recycling Arrangements in Caithness over the Holiday Period

Over the Christmas period it is estimated that we will produce approximately 30% more waste than usual. In the UK,1 billion Christmas cards will be sent, 10 million turkeys will be sold 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper used, seven and a half million trees bought, an extra 750 million bottles, glass containers and 500 million drink cans used.

Recycling Centres in Badenoch and Strathspey Over Christmas Holidays

Over the Christmas period it is estimated that we will produce approximately 30% more waste than usual. In the UK,1 billion Christmas cards will be sent, 10 million turkeys will be sold 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper used, seven and a half million trees bought, an extra 750 million bottles, glass containers and 500 million drink cans used.

Reminder to recycle in Lochaber

Over the Christmas period it is estimated that we will produce approximately 30% more waste than usual. In the UK,1 billion Christmas cards will be sent, 10 million turkeys will be sold 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper used, seven and a half million trees bought, an extra 750 million bottles, glass containers and 500 million drink cans used.

Trading Standards in a puff over pubs

Highland pub landlords are being warned they may face prosecution if they don’t do more to stop children buying cigarettes from vending machines.

Plockton Band Wins Radio 2 Award

A group of young traditional musicians, who met as pupils of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School, have won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award for 2006.

Lifescan Scotland Ltd helps promote inclusive play in Nairn

A specially designed piece of outdoor play equipment, suitable for use by children with disabilities will be declared open for use this week (Wednesday 7th December, 2005) at Nairn Leisure Park.

Christmas opening Hours for Nairn Recycling Centre

Over the Christmas period it is estimated that we will produce approximately 30% more waste than usual. In the UK,1 billion Christmas cards will be sent, 10 million turkeys will be sold 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper used, seven and a half million trees bought, an extra 750 million bottles, glass containers and 500 million drink cans used.

Fort William to Host UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2006

Following the huge success of the 2005 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals, Fort William in the Scottish Highlands has been invited to host the first three-discipline event of the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series, the most prestigious and the most extreme competition in the world's mountain biking calendar.

Green project grows on Merkinch and South Kessock community

Work is underway on a £20,000 environmental improvement project in the Merkinch area of Inverness.

Locals collect Loo of the Year Awards 2005

At a prize-giving ceremony held in The Highland Council’s headquarters on Monday 5th December, 2005 council members and staff representing toilet facilities provided by the Education, Culture and Sport Service received their framed certificates for the Loo of the Year Awards 2005.

Kingussie High School - Police Drugs Liaison follow up

A senior pupil at Kingussie High School has been excluded from classes as the result of a follow-up drugs surveillance operation mounted by school management and Northern Constabulary.

Future of KBR site at Nigg

Councillor Sandy Park, Chairman of The Highland Council’s Planning Development Europe and Tourism Committee, welcomed the announcement that the Cromarty Firth Port Authority has been selected as the preferred bidder in the sale of KBR’s offshore fabrication facility at Nigg, East Ross.

Invernevis House Lochaber

A senior delegation from The Highland Council visited Invernevis House, Fort William on Monday to bring staff up to date with the decision to include Invernevis in the tender exercise which will invite bids from the independent sector to provide services.

Invergarry Primary School inspection

Following a visit to Invergarry Primary School in September, HMIe Inspectors have issued their report which judged the 17 pupils to be well behaved, courteous, friendly and enthusiastic learners who enjoyed their work and were highly motivated.

Is your housing causing you problems

Issued by The Highland Council in conjunction with Citizens Advice Direct A new telephone advice line aimed at people in the Highlands who are having housing difficulties, at risk of losing their home or who are homeless is now available in the Highlands. The freephone number is 0808 801 0804.

Inverness hotel holds Christmas lunch for homeless

Around 120 homeless people will enjoy a pre-Christmas lunch today at the Ramada Inverness, on Church Street in the Highland’s capital.

HMIE Inspection report on Tain Royal Academy

Tain Royal Academy has received a very positive report from Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education.

HMIe Report on Conon Bridge Primary School

In an HMIe report on Conon Bridge Primary School, Conon Bridge, a range of strengths were identified.

National award for Hitrans

At the Scottish Transport Awards Dinner in Edinburgh last week, HITRANS, the strategic transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, won the award for Scottish Regional Transport Partnership of 2005.

Seminar Addresses Future of Highland Tourism

A seminar organised by The Highland Council will next week (Wednesday 7th December, 2005) address the future of tourism in the Highlands.

Vessel Grounding at Kyle of Lochalsh

The Blackfriars was on passage from Lochinver due south via Kyle and went aground on Eilean Dubha adjacent to Kyle harbour at 9.25pm on Tuesday 20th December.

Have a Green Christmas in Inverness

Over the Christmas period it is estimated that we will produce approximately 30% more waste than usual. In the UK,1 billion Christmas cards will be sent, 10 million turkeys will be sold 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper used, seven and a half million trees bought, an extra 750 million bottles, glass containers and 500 million drink cans used.

Council fill funding gap to allow go ahead for Thurso and Nairn projects

Highland Councillors have agreed to bridge a £450,000 funding gap which will allow major projects in Thurso and Nairn to proceed before April next year.

Fort William RC inspection

HMIe Inspectors have described Fort William Roman Catholic Primary School as very welcoming, with good staff team work demonstrating a high level of commitment to the school.

Highlands First Forest School

Primary 7 pupils from Wick South School have been working in a very unusual environment this term. For, one morning a week, desks are swapped for logs; pencils and jotters are replaced by loppers, saws and branches; and the classroom has become a forest clearing with a crackling log fire.

Highland Council Supports Inverness Bid for Fairtrade City Status

Members of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness and Area Committee today agreed to support a campaign spearheaded by the Workers Education Association (WEA) Highland to achieve Fairtrade City Status for Inverness.

Council digs deeper to get Lochaber Recognised as European Geopark

Members of The Highland Council’s Lochaber Area Committee today (Monday 12th December, 2005) took further steps towards having Lochaber recognised as a European Geopark.

Young Ducks take to the Big Screen

Young people from Alness will be swapping the black-board for the big screen this Christmas, as they prepare to premiere their own film.

Launch of New Commuter Rail Services

The Highland Council along with its partners, the Highland Rail Partnership, HiTrans and Highlands and Islands Enterprise has welcomed the introduction of 11 additional rail services in the Highlands by First ScotRail.

Christmas preparations with the Great Glen rangers

Children in the Fort Augustus area are being invited to join Highland Council’s Great Glen Way Rangers for a Winter Celebration to make Christmas Decorations on Saturday 10th December.

Canadian Art Exhibition Opens at Drumnadrochit

The works of a Canadian artist go on show this week from Tuesday 13th December at the Glenurquhart Community Library and Craigmonie Centre in Glen Urquhart High School, Drumnadrochit.

Campaign Priorities from The Highland Council

Highland Councillors are focusing on four main campaigning priorities for 2006.

Caithness Maternity Services

The Highland Council has warmly welcomed the recommendation being presented to the NHS Highland Board to maintain 24 x 7 consultant-led maternity services in Caithness and North Sutherland.

Butterfly rescue mission

Highland Council Countryside Ranger John Orr is putting out a Mayday call to anyone in the area who cares about butterflies and their survival as assistance is needed to help protect the habitat of the smallest butterfly in the UK.

Council puts the Brakes on Drivers

Motorists in Ross and Cromarty are being warned that part time 20mph speed restrictions will be introduced at another school in the area, for children’s safety.

Highland 2007 announces award offers of up to £659,362 for Regional Events and Community Programme Grants

Highland 2007 today announced details of £659,362 offered in funding to groups and organisations through the Highland 2007 Regional Events and Community Programmes.

Young Pretenders Crowned Consumer Kings

MOVE over Nicky Campbell – these youngsters proved they know how to shoot down the cowboys when they were crowned consumer kings.