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19/8/2019
How To Finance Your Self-build New HomeThumbnail for article : How To Finance Your Self-build New Home
If you need to raise finance for your project it is usual to seek a ‘self-build mortgage'.   Mortgages for self-build houses are a specialist product and many lenders do not offer them.  
1/8/2019
Space Hub Sutherland One Step Closer
The owners of land earmarked for the Space Hub Sutherland development on the Moine Peninsula have agreed a lease option with developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Representatives of Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) and HIE signed the agreement yesterday (Wednesday 31 July).  
17/7/2019
Council to consult on Dornoch Common Good land
The Highland Council is today (17 July 2019) launching an 8 week Common Good consultation giving the Dornoch community until 11 September 2019 to respond to a proposal to dispose (by lease) of an area of Common Good land to East Sutherland Rescue Association (ESRA).   The Council is keen to hear the community's views on the proposal and all submissions will be given full regard before a decision on whether, and how, to proceed is made.  
13/7/2019
Sutherland: Hospital X ray department officially reopened after upgradeThumbnail for article : Sutherland: Hospital X ray department officially reopened after upgrade
The refurbished X Ray Department at NHS Highland's Lawson Memorial Hospital was officially reopened this week (Tuesday 9th July 2019) following a significant upgrade to equipment.  The ceremony marks the installation of state-of-the-art direct digital equipment that replaces technology which is more than 25 years old.  
12/7/2019
Public Advised To Avoid Eating Shellfish From Loch Glencoul, Kylesku Area
Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Glencoul, Kylesku area.   Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.  
1/7/2019
Warning About Energy Saving Cold Callers On The Doorstep
Highland and Islands Trading Standards warn householders to ‘be on guard' and reject cold calling ‘home energy' traders on the doorstep.   Local Authority Trading Standards Services across the North of Scotland are warning unsuspecting householders to be on their guard if they are approached by individuals wishing to install home energy products.  
27/6/2019
School Closures in Sutherland
A question at Highland council meeting today Thursday 27 June 2019.   Item 12 - Question Time To the Leader of the Council "The move to consultation on the closure of Stoer Primary School will mean that shortly Highland Council will have shut down 4 Sutherland schools in 3 years.  
26/6/2019
Road closures in Sutherland and Ross-shire
Several road closures are required for Network Rail, British Telecom and Muir of Ord Gala.   Network Rail maintenance works will require the U3103 Dunrobin Glen Road for 100m either side of Golspie Tower Rail Bridge to be closed from 08:00 on Monday 01/07/2019 until 22:00 on Wednesday 10/07/2019 To avoid the road closure an alternative route will be available via - U3116 Sibell Road, A9 Trunk Road, U3140 Nursery Road and the U3166 Backies Road.  
Clynelish Visitor Centre Upgrade To Go AheadThumbnail for article : Clynelish Visitor Centre Upgrade To Go Ahead
Diageo has been granted planning permission to renovate the Clynelish Distillery visitor experience as part of its £150 million (US$215m) investment in Scotch whisky tourism.   In April this year, Johnnie Walker maker Diageo lodged planning applications to "transform" the visitor experiences at Cardhu and Clynelish.  
31/5/2019
Sutherland community features in international conferenceThumbnail for article : Sutherland community features in international conference
Kyle of Sutherland was in the spotlight at an international community development conference this week - May 2019.   A short film about the impact of Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust's work on local community life was showcased to the 270 delegates at the Strengthening Communities Conference Scotland ‘19 in Aviemore.  
16/5/2019
Community asset transfers approved by Councillors - Bettyhill Visitor Centre
Two Highland communities have had their requests for buildings to be transferred over to them approved by The Highland Council At todays (Thursday 16 May 2019) Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee members agreed to transfer the Bettyhill Visitor Centre to the Strathnaver Museum, creating an opportunity for an enhanced cultural heritage and community "hub" in the far north.   Until recently the Visitor Centre with a cafe, situated next to the Strathnaver Museum, was run by Visit Scotland.  
16/5/2019
Final Beatrice Turbine Commissioned - Number 84Thumbnail for article : Final Beatrice Turbine Commissioned - Number 84
The last of 84 offshore wind turbines was commissioned on 15th May 2019 which has been completed on time and under budget after three years of construction.   The final 7MW Siemens Gamesa turbine was installed in the Outer Moray Firth, around 13km off the coast of Caithness, bringing the site's total installed capacity to 588MW - enough to provide clean, low carbon energy to over 450,000 homes.  
16/5/2019
Highland Council Confirms Commitment To Food For Life
Already leading the way when it comes to providing nutritional school meals, The Highland Council has reaffirmed its commitment to put more local fresh seasonal food on school dinner plates.   Catherine Pendreigh, Food for Life Partnerships Manager at the Soil Association gave a presentation at today's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee on the accreditation already awarded to Highland Council's school meals and how this could be further developed in the future.  
16/5/2019
Town Centre Funding Of £198,967 For Sutherland
Members of The Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee have welcomed new funding to stimulate economic investments in Highland town centres to help them diversify and flourish.   In partnership with COSLA The Scottish Government have provided £50m capital to set up the Town Centre Fund 2019-2020.  
9/5/2019
Clydesdale Bank In Brora To CloseThumbnail for article : Clydesdale Bank In Brora To Close
See the announcements at https://secure.cbonline.co.uk/supporting-our-customers/impact-assessment.   Branches to close are Arbroath Brora Glasgow Largs St Andrews.  
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
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.