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Contract Awarded To Design Sutherland Spaceport
Architects have been appointed to design the spaceport that is being developed to launch small satellites from the Highlands.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is leading the £17.5m Space Hub Sutherland project, including a £2.5m grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA).  
Sutherland pupils lend-a-hand with Farr Primary and High school improvementsThumbnail for article : Sutherland pupils lend-a-hand with Farr Primary and High school improvements
When a £1M school improvement project got underway at Farr Primary and High schools in Sutherland, nine pupils in primaries 1 to 3 got the chance to roll their sleeves up and have-a-go at painting their new general purpose room.   Councillor John Finlayson, Chair of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee said: "I am very pleased that contractor Morgan Sindall has recently completed capital programme works for Highland Council's school improvement programme at Farr in Sutherland.  
28/2/2019
New Keep Safe locations in the HighlandsThumbnail for article : New Keep Safe locations in the Highlands
Police Scotland and the I Am Me charity have welcomed new members to the network of Highland premises which have agreed to make their premises a Keep Safe place for people to go if they feel frightened, distressed or have been the victim of crime.   Nairn Citizens Advice Bureau and the Co-ops in Golspie and Brora have joined the initiative, which is delivered in partnership between I Am Me and Police Scotland.  
28/2/2019
Pre Planning Application For New Wind Farm At RogartThumbnail for article : Pre Planning Application For New Wind Farm At Rogart
Wind 2 Ltd per Atmos Consulting Ltd have applied.   Proposed wind turbine development comprising up to seven wind turbines with tip height up to 149.9m, including access tracks, a substation, energy storage systems and other related ancillary components including temporary construction compound and on site borrow pits.  
5/2/2019
The Rise Of Green Technology In ConstructionThumbnail for article : The Rise Of Green Technology In Construction
Ujjwal Goel, Managing Director of Teraciel Engineering and Contracting (TEC) tells us about green building technology.   Green building technology has become one of the hottest trends in construction.  
5/2/2019
Free Forum Event For Highland Landlords
The Highland Council, in partnership with Under One Roof Scotland, are inviting all private landlords to a special seminar specifically to look at issues surrounding common repairs and building maintenance and how to deal with any problems that may arise.   Under One Roof Scotland (www.underoneroof.scot) is an impartial online information site for flat owners and their advisers.  
5/2/2019
BT Group contributes £1.2bn to Scottish economy
BT Group is responsible for generating £1 in every £110 produced in the Scottish economy, according to an independent report published today.   ‘The Economic Impact of BT Group plc in the UK' report, by Hatch Regeneris, shows that the communications company generated an £1.2bn contribution - expressed as "Gross Value Added" (GVA)* - to the Scottish economy during the 2017/18 financial year.  
4/2/2019
Support From HMRC For Employers
If you're an employer who provides expenses and benefits to your staff, we have live webinars and online support specifically for you.   You can ask questions during the webinars using the on-screen text box.  
4/2/2019
Over 93% Of Taxpayers File Tax Returns By The Deadline
A total of 93.68% of Self Assessment tax returns - a new record - were completed by yesterday's midnight deadline, HMRC has revealed.   More than 11.5 million taxpayers were required to file their 2017/18 tax returns by 11.59pm on 31 January.  
3/2/2019
Improvements To Animal Welfare
Proposals to increase sentencing for animal cruelty.   The Scottish Government is seeking views on proposals to strengthen enforcement powers for animal welfare offences.  
24/1/2019
Public opinion sought on Golspie Flood Protection StudyThumbnail for article : Public opinion sought on Golspie Flood Protection Study
The Highland Council has invited people in Golspie to attend a public exhibition highlighting results from an ongoing study into the risk of flooding along the Golspie coast, including potential options to mitigate the risk of future coastal flooding in Golspie.   The exhibition on Thursday 31st January from 2-7pm at Golspie Community Centre, 2 Back Rd, Golspie KW10 6RN will present results of the study to date following detailed hydraulic modelling of the coastal flood mechanisms that affect Golspie, and outline potential options being considered to mitigate the risk of future coastal flooding.  
11/12/2018
Melvich Primary School Reaps the Benefits of New Campus
The Vice Chair of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee has congratulated Melvich Primary School near Thurso on their inspection report by Education Scotland.   Councillor John Finlayson said: "I would like to extend my congratulations to the Head Teacher Katherine Wood and her staff and all the pupils as well as the whole school community on what is a very positive outcome for them all." In its inspection report published on Tuesday, 4 December 2018, Education Scotland made reference to a number of Melvich Primary School's strengths.  
6/12/2018
Lorna Simpson is named Participation Officer of the YearThumbnail for article : Lorna Simpson is named Participation Officer of the Year
A Highland Council employee, nominated by the tenants she works with, has scooped a national award.   Lorna Simpson from Wick has been a Tenant Participation Officer with The Highland Council for the past ten years, covering Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.  
28/11/2018
Another Moray Firth Wind Farm Gets Go AheadThumbnail for article : Another Moray Firth Wind Farm Gets Go Ahead
A proposed objection to a massive Moray Firth wind project by Highland Council did not take place as planned.   Highland council planning officers had intimated that the council would lay an objection to the north planning applications committee and it was stated in the papers the week before but the objection was not put.  
20/11/2018
Scottsh Police Authority Annual Report And Accounts 2017-18 Published
Scottish Police Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 Published.   Report shows improvements in financial management, governance and transparency The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has published its annual report and accounts for the 2017-18 financial year.  
20/11/2018
Over £300,000 Flag Funding Still Available In Highland & Moray Fishing Communities
Businesses and organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) as part of the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund.   Funding can be used to support a wide range of projects that will boost the local economy and create jobs within the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries including tourism and seafood sectors.  
19/11/2018
Funding for new Dornoch Development Officer approved
Sutherland County Committee members gave their backing to Dornoch Area Community Interest Company's (DACICA) proposal to create a Community Development Manager Post.   DACIC was set up in 2007 as a voluntary organisation to enhance and develop the economy and community of the Sutherland town.  
19/11/2018
Winter maintenance plan approved for Sutherland roads
The priorities by which The Highland Council will grit roads across Sutherland this winter have been approved by Councillors.   Twenty three gritters and 4 footpath tractors all with dedicated routes are on standby to treat a road network of 534km primary routes (40%), 248km of secondary routes (19%) and 554km of other routes (41%) in the area.  
19/11/2018
Funding for improving Sutherland homes
Members of the Sutherland County Committee have agreed a two year Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme that will see over £2m invested into improving council homes over the next 2 years.  In addition, a further £134,000 will be spent specifically on providing aids and adaptations to assist tenants requiring extra support.  
15/11/2018
New Chair for Sutherland CommitteeThumbnail for article : New Chair for Sutherland Committee
Councillor Richard Gale who represents the East Sutherland and Edderton ward of The Highland Council has taken over the reins of the Sutherland County Committee.   At the start of today's meeting (Thursday 15 November) the first thing he did when taking the chair was to thank his fellow Sutherland councillors.