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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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
Clydesdale Bank In Brora To CloseThumbnail for article : Clydesdale Bank In Brora To Close
See the announcements at   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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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 ( is an impartial online information site for flat owners and their advisers.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.