Poverty in Scotland: the Council's evidence
The Council was one of a number of organisations invited to give oral evidence to the UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Select Committee who were visiting the Highlands to take evidence as part of their enquiry into poverty.
OBE for Highland Director of Education Culture and Sport
The Highland Council’s Director of Education Culture and Sport, Bruce Robertson, has been awarded an OBE for his services to education in the Queen’s New Year Honours’ List.
Dornoch Hogmanay street party
Dornoch’s Hogmanay street party will take place (Sunday 31st December, 2006) between 10:30pm and 1.00am in the Royal Burgh’s Town Square.
Face to Face Customer Service in Thurso Guaranteed
The Highland Council has given a guarantee that face-to-face contact with customers in Thurso will continue, via its Service Point in Rotterdam Street.
New Year to ring in changes to city centre traffic management
Inverness City Partnership, The Highland Council and Tulloch Civil Engineering Ltd have agreed a switch over date of Monday 22 January 2006 to introduce new traffic movement arrangements in the city centre.
Progress on the Care Home Procurement Process
Five companies have been chosen to enter into talks with The Highland Council to progress their bids to provide modernised care home services in Fort William, Grantown, Inverness, Muir of Ord and Tain.
Appointment of Head Teacher for New Inverness Community School
An experienced head teacher, who was awarded the OBE during the summer for her services to education and Gaelic, has been appointed to the post of head teacher of the new Inshes Primary School, Inverness, which will open in August next year.
HMIe Report on Melvich Primary School
In an HMIe report on Melvich Primary School published today (Tuesday 19 December), several key strengths were singled out for particular praise.
St Clements HMIe Inspection
St Clements School in Dingwall makes provision for pupils with additional support needs. In the recent HMIe inspection report, the school was praised for its sense of belonging and teamwork, the inclusive links with local schools, the partnership with parents and the opportunities it gives pupils to improve their social skills.
Good HMIe Report on Hilton Primary School, Inverness
In an HMIe report on Hilton Primary School, Inverness, a range of strengths were identified.
Chinese Consul bids farewell to Inverness
The Chinese Consul General Mme Guo Guifang recently paid a farewell visit to Inverness when she was received by Provost William Smith and Councillor Kathleen Matheson at Inverness Town House.
Camusnagaul passenger ferry
Members of The Highland Council recently (Thursday 14th December, 2006) agreed to award a contract to Sea Ventures Scotland Ltd. to run a passenger ferry service between Camusnagaul and Fort William on Loch Linnhe at a cost of £40,000 per year.
Tore calendar pupils
Parents and pupils of Tore Primary School recently raised over £800 at a coffee morning.
Death of Long Service Highland Councillor
Long-serving Highland Councillor David Munro from Inverness has died at the age of 56. He had been receiving care at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, continuously since taking ill in late June.
Holiday recycling arrangements in Highland
With Christmas almost upon us, The Highland Council is asking people living in Highland to try and spare a thought for the amount of rubbish thrown away at this time of year.
Temporary Closure of City Roads For Hogmanay Fireworks
Three roads in the city centre of Inverness with be temporarily closed from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Sunday 31st December due to the Inverness Hogmanay Fireworks Display
Key Decisions Taken on Council Post 2007
The Highland Council took a number of key decisions on Thursday in preparing for the creation of 22 multi-member wards from May next year, as well as changes to planning and licensing legislation.
Committee Agrees Amalgamation of Brae Lochaber Schools
The Highland Council agreed today (Thursday) to amalgamate Roy Bridge Primary School with nearby Spean Bridge Primary School with effect from August 2007.
Director of Education, Culture and Sport's New Job in Aberdeenshire
The Highland Council’s Director of Education Culture and Sport, Bruce Robertson, has been appointed as Director of Education and Recreation with Aberdeenshire Council.
Flood Update Noon
Council staff continue to clean up after the damage caused by flooding of the Gynack Burn in Kingussie yesterday (Wednesday).
Safer parking in Inverness
Motorists using Highland Council’s Old Town Rose Street car park can be assured that it has recently been awarded the Park Mark Safer Parking award from the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Council Welcomes Additional Finance from Local Government Settlement
Councillor Michael Foxley, Vice-Convener of The Highland Council and Chairman of the Council's Budget Working Group, very much welcomed the £6.5 million increase in grant support the Council will receive from the Scottish Executive in the new financial year 2007-8.
Land contamination, 25-71 Joss Street, Invergordon.
Highland Council has been successful in a bid for funding for the remediation of contaminated land in Invergordon.
New Dynamics - Promoting Inclusion through Public Art
Works created in seven exciting visual arts projects for young people across the Highlands have been captured on a new web site which will be simultaneously launched in the seven communities on Wednesday (13 December).
Before you Spend, Spend, Spend this Christmas – know your shopping rights
With only two weeks before Christmas Day, The Highland Council’s Trading Standards Officers are advising shoppers during this busy time to be aware of their consumer rights.
School students know their rights in young consumer competition
Four pupils of Dingwall Academy are the winners of the North of Scotland Heat Young Consumer of the Year Competition held on Friday 8th December at Highland Council Chambers, in Inverness.
Invercassley Windfarm Development Application Turned Down
Highland Councillors today (Thursday 7 December 2006) refused planning permission for a 23 turbine windfarm development at Beinn Rosail, Strath Oykel, Invercassley in Sutherland.
First Eat Safe Awards for Sutherland Businesses
Two hotels in Sutherland are the first in the area to have been awarded an Eat Safe Award after demonstrating that their standards of hygiene and food safety are well above that required by legislation.
12,500 Pupil Days Lost in Highland by Holidays in Term Time
Last year, there were 12,500 pupil days lost in Highland schools due to holidays taken in term time. This has prompted Bruce Robertson, Director of Education Culture and Sport, The Highland Council, to write again to parents seeking their co-operation in reducing pupil absences from school.
Highland Visit of Scottish Affairs Committee on Poverty
On Monday, 11 December, The Highland Council will host a visit from the Scottish Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament, who will continue their inquiry into Poverty in Scotland by visiting in Balintore, Bonar Bridge and in Merkinch, Inverness, to meet representatives from local organisations to see at first hand the difficulties they experience.
Balloch drama pupils present the Christmas story
An after school drama club at Balloch Primary School will present a musical adaptation of the Christmas Story in their performances of “Come Lord”.
Head Teacher Appointed to new Gaelic Primary School in Inverness
The Highland Council has appointed Mrs Janet MacLeod, head teacher of Sleat Primary School, Skye, as head teacher of the new Gaelic Medium Primary School, Inverness, which is due to open in the summer of next year.
Deadline approaches for comments on Local Plan
The deadline for commenting on The Highland Council’s consultation paper for the new Sutherland Local Plan is just a week away. Council staff have completed a programme of exhibitions and meetings and have set a deadline of Friday 15 December for comments.
Council to Introduce Child Care Voucher Scheme
The Highland Council is to introduce a salary sacrifice scheme in the New Year to enable eligible employees to obtain childcare vouchers through a Government tax exemption scheme.
Panto time at Charleston Academy.
Organiser’s of the Charleston Academy’s Pantomime, Cinderella are urging would-be panto-goers to get their tickets soon before they are completely sold out.
Highland Folk Museum to move to single Newtonmore site.
Members of The Highland Council’s Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee today (Monday, 04 December 2006) agreed that the future of the Highland Folk Museum will comprise a single site at Newtonmore, costing an estimated £7.3million.
Pupils To Perform West Side Story
Glen Urquhart High School pupils are eagerly waiting for the curtain to be raised as they prepare to stage their most challenging production yet, Leonard Bernsteins West Side Story
Festive lunch for City’s homeless at Inverness hotel
Around 120 homeless people will enjoy a pre-Christmas lunch tomorrow at the Ramada Inverness, on Church Street in the Highland’s capital.
New Director of Transport Environmental and Community Services
The Highland Council today (Friday) appointed a new Director of Transport Environmental and Community Services. He is Neil Gillies, acting director.
New Head Teacher Appointments
The Highland Council has appointed a new head teacher at Grantown Grammar School. She is Mrs Irene Carson, who has been Acting Head Teacher of the school since August 2006.
Singing in the Rain at St Andrew’s Night Party
The Scottish Executive-sponsored “One Scotland Many Cultures” party to mark St Andrew’s Day attracted an estimated 2,000 – 3,000 spectators over the course of the nine-hour event at Falcon Square, Inverness, despite constant heavy rain and strong winds.