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Breakthrough Achievement in supporting the recruitment of retained firefighters
Community Planning Partners (CPP) in Highland have agreed unanimously to support the recruitment of retained firefighters.   Chair of the CPP Board and Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Margaret Davidson said: "Resilient communities are dependent on having trained fire fighters available and accessible.  
Views sought on ­­Highland Planning Policies through new consultation portal
Consultations commence on a review of the Highland-Wide Local Development Plan, Onshore Wind Energy Guidance and the Local Housing Strategy.   The Highland Council has today launched three online consultations on planning and housing issues across the area, including a review of its main planning policy document the Highland-wide Local Development Plan.  
Council Committee to discuss community transport grants
Details of a process for a call for community transport grants applications will be considered by The Highland Council's Community Services Committee at their meeting on 5th November 2015.   Twenty-two third sector organisations are currently grant funded through transport services and have been advised that their grants expire on 31st March 2016.  
UKLPG supports safety drive for gas appliances in Scotland
LP Gas users in Scotland are being urged to stay safe this winter by ensuring their appliances have been checked and serviced to prevent gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.   UKLPG, the trade association for the liquefied petroleum gas (LP Gas) industry, has issued the warning as part of Gas Safety Week (14-21 September), the annual awareness event co-ordinated by the Gas Safe Register.  
Council support for Golspie Church access improvement project Thumbnail for article : Council support for Golspie Church access improvement project
At a meeting held on 16th September 2015 of the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee, councillors approved funding to a project to improve disabled access to St Andrew's Church of Scotland in Golspie.   The church, built between 1737 and 1739 to replace a succession of churches which have stood on the site since the thirteenth century, is a well- used local place of worship, considered by many to be the finest small Post Reformation country church in Scotland.  
Chair reflects after final Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee
At a meeting of The Highland Council on 3 September 2015 it was agreed to replace the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee with two new Local Forums so the meeting of the Committee, held in Golspie on 16th september 2015, was the final one.   East Sutherland and Edderton Councillor Deirdre Mackay has chaired the Area Committee since its first meeting in Golspie on 20 August 2012 and took the opportunity today to thank members, officers and partners for their contributions and to look ahead to new arrangements for local decision-making, local scrutiny and engaging with partners and communities.  
UNISON fears that over 3,000 jobs - one in every six Edinburgh council staff and three times as many jobs as first thought- will be slashed as the effects of accelerated budget cuts become clear.  This will put the council's and the Scottish Government's no compulsory redundancy pledge at risk.  
Safer cycling and walking to school for north pupils
Pupils at two Sutherland and two Caithness primary schools are to benefit from projects being delivered by The Highland Council through the Scottish Government's Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) programme.   Members of The Highland Council’s Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee have given their approval for £39,965 CWSS funding for projects at Gledfield, Lochinver, Castletown and Canisbay Primaries.  
Sutherland Station Restoration a "Shining Example" of Far North Line Potential
Highland (Scottish Labour) MSP, Rhoda Grant is hailing Helmsdale station as a "shining example" of the potential to improve stations and the passenger experience along the length of the far north line connecting Caithness, Sutherland and Ross with the Highland capital.   Last month Helmsdale Station Community Interest Company, set up in 2009 to rescue and restore the listed station building at Helmsdale as a community project announced that volunteers behind the renovation had been shortlisted for an award under the caring and protecting category at the inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, to take place in Edinburgh on the 28th September, funded by the Andrew Llyod Webber Foundation.  
Next Sutherland District Health and Social Care Partnership Meeting
The next meeting of the Sutherland District Partnership will take place next Friday (28 August 2015) at the Highland Council Offices, Drummuie, Golspie.  The meeting, which is open to the public, will start at 11.00am.  
New online forms on Council's website
Highland Council residents can now apply for Council Tax discounts and exemptions and report change of circumstances online with the launch of new online forms on the Council's website.   The new forms allow customers to complete online rather than by paper when applying for council tax discounts/exemptions and to report changes that may impact on their council tax, housing benefit or council tax reduction.  
Grant outraged at lack of empathy with north energy prices
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is outraged at a response from Minister of State, Andrea Leadsom MP, in which she not only gives little detail on progress being made on the Lewis interconnector but she also appears unwilling to look at national pricing for electricity network charges.   Mrs Grant and her colleague, David Stewart MSP, had written to Amber Rudd MP, the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, last month about the Western Isles link and asked her to address the matter of the 2p surcharge on electricity which Highlands and Islands customers are charged for their network.  
Watch out for telephone ‘disconnection scam' warns Highland Council Trading StandardsThumbnail for article : Watch out for telephone ‘disconnection scam' warns Highland Council Trading Standards
Highland Council Trading Standards have issued a warning of a new twist on previous cold call telephone scams, which has been termed as the ‘disconnection scam'.  This recent type of scam can affect both businesses and consumers.  
Putting power into Gledfield primary's paintworkThumbnail for article : Putting power into Gledfield primary's paintwork
A primary school in the Highlands is looking forward to starting term time with a fresh outlook, thanks to a team from Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission).   The team of nine joined forces with contracting colleagues from Siemens BAM to repaint the nursery wall and sheds at Gledfield Primary School in Ardgay as part of their Be the Difference day, which enables SHE Transmission employees to take a day away from the office to help local projects.  
featuring A nostalgic selection of popular songs presented by Martin Treacher (Skibo Castle's resident musical entertainer) and Scottish folk music performed by the acclaimed Sutherland Duo, Mhairi Mackinnon (fiddle) & Heather Shelley (keyboard) Carnegie Hall, Clashmore, Dornoch Sunday 21st June - 7pm till 9pm Refreshments included at interval Admission Free Donations to Caithness and Sutherland Women's Aid at door CherryGrove Three leading Sutherland-based musicians are set to provide a sparkling evening of entertainment for a good cause when a local charity celebrates its 10th birthday.   Caithness and Sutherland Women's Aid will mark its first decade by staging ‘Musical Entertainment for Mid-Summer Evening’ on Sunday 21 June at The Carnegie Hall in Clashmore.  
Social enterprise boosts equality and economy, summit told
Social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands are helping Scotland tackle social issues, promote equality and achieve economic growth, a major summit on the sector heard today (Wednesday 10 June).   Social enterprises trade like any other business, but at their heart they have a social purpose; trading for social, community and environmental benefits and reinvesting their profits to deliver their social purpose.  
Taxi fare review in Highland
The public is being asked for its views on proposals by The Highland Council to review the maximum level of charges for the hire of taxis or private hire cars fitted with taxi meters operating under licence of The Highland Council.   The Council has a statutory duty in terms of Section 17 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to review its scales for the fares and other taxi related charges every 18 months.  
Links House announces major expansion in DornochThumbnail for article : Links House announces major expansion in Dornoch
A Scottish luxury five-star hotel located just 100 metres from one of the world's top golf courses is undertaking a major expansion.   Links House at Royal Dornoch, the award winning country house hotel adjacent to the 1st tee at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, is undertaking a six-bedroom addition, set to open in spring 2017.  
The Highland Council will launch their Cold Call Control Zone Community Toolkit tomorrow in a bid to help communities protect themselves from doorstep crime.  The resource has been created by Highland Council Trading Standards.  
Onshore wind energy guidance consultation extended
The deadline for members of the public to share their views on The Highland Council's new Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance has been extended to Friday 22 May.  Once approved, this guidance will be used for determining planning applications for wind energy development in Highland.