News archive

News published August 2019

  • Chance to have your say on Skye improvement projects

    Published 23 Aug 2019

    The Highland Council is hoping that people living and working on the Isle of Skye take up the opportunity to view and comment on plans for two separate projects to improve infrastructure

  • Householders warned to be aware of bogus workmen

    Published 22 Aug 2019

    Householders warned to be aware of bogus workmen At this time of year many householders are thinking of their gardens, keeping them tidy or seeing to those jobs that need done before the weather turns.

  • Members agree top priority for New Schools Investment Programme

    Published 22 Aug 2019

    Members have, at a special council meeting today, agreed a top priority for the Scottish Government New Schools Investment Programme bid.

  • Monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s ‘preserver’ restored

    Published 22 Aug 2019

    Monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s ‘preserver’ restored A monument to Flora MacDonald which describes her as the “Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart” has been restored thanks to the efforts of Kilmuir Community Council in partnership with The Highland Council. The Flora MacDonald monument is in Kilmuir burial ground located on the Trotternish peninsula of the north west coast of the Isle of Skye. The monument commemorates her actions in helping Charles Edward Stuart escape government troops after the Battle of Culloden in April 1746. After emigrating to North Carolina USA, she later returned to Skye - died in 1790 and is buried in Kilmuir Cemetery. The inscription on the tall Celtic cross monument states: 'Flora MacDonald. Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Her name will be mentioned in history and if courage and fidelity be virtues mentioned with honour.' Chair of Kilmuir Community Council, Stephen Varwell said: “The Community Council help with local fundraising and activities to assist with the upkeep and enhancement of this important landmark, which is well visited by tourists. Over the past two of years we have spent several thousand pounds repairing the stone boundary wall. “We've now had the Flora MacDonald monument cleaned thanks to the efforts of The Highland Council and to donations from Clan Donald Lands Trust (£500) and the Flora MacDonald College in North Carolina ($626). Highland Councillor John Gordon, Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee Chair added: “Highland Council was delighted to collaborate with Kilmuir Community Council and support their restoration project of the Flora MacDonald monument. We organised the procurement of specialist contractor Jon Hearach Memorial Ltd and are very pleased with the resultant works. “A huge thank you goes to Kilmuir Community Council, the Clan Donald Lands Trust and the Flora MacDonald College for making the restoration of this culturally significant memorial possible."

  • Nairn courthouse steeple reinstatement

    Nairn Published 22 Aug 2019

    Residents and visitors to Nairn are advised of forthcoming works involved with the ongoing refurbishment project to Nairn Courthouse.

  • Council agrees Local Child Poverty Action Report

    Published 21 Aug 2019

    Today Councillors agreed the Local Child Poverty Action Report which sets out the proposed actions the coming year to address child poverty in Highland.

  • Council Funded Advice services assist 22,000 customers, exceed £22.5 million in financial gains

    Published 21 Aug 2019

    In excess of 22,000 customers were assisted by the Council’s Welfare Support Team and Citizens Advice during 2018/19 for support with welfare, debt and housing issues. 3,372 customers were helped by the Welfare Support Team and 18,777 clients were assisted by Citizens Advice.

  • Highland Placement Programme improves children’s lives immeasurably

    Published 21 Aug 2019

    Considerable effort has been focussed on returning young people to Highland. 

  • ​​​​​​​Chromebook rollout prepares pupils for new era of digital learning

    Published 21 Aug 2019

    The Council has successfully distributed more than 20,000 Chromebook devices to all its schools to support learners to acquire key technology and life skills in facilitating a digitally enabled generation.

  • My Ness to progress following a decisive vote by the City of Inverness Area Committee

    Published 21 Aug 2019

    The centrepiece project of the Inverness City Arts Programme, “My Ness”, is set to progress following a decisive vote by the City of Inverness Committee on Tuesday 20 August.