The developer of a major new offshore windfarm has joined the Caithness Chamber of Commerce with an ambition to maximise the long-term economic benefits the project will bring to the north of Scotland. In January the West of Orkney Windfarm secured the rights to an area of seabed from the Crown Estate Scotland in the highly competitive ScotWind process, to bring forward a 2-gigawatt windfarm around 25km north of the Sutherland coast.
The application seeks consent for the erection of 17 new units comprising 13 houses (1 detached, 6 semi-detached and 6 terraced) and 4 cottage flats. 3 of the homes would be accessed directly from South Argo Terrace which lies along the southwestern boundary of the site with the remaining units accessed from a new culde-sac which would be formed through the site, in part formalising an existing track which runs along the northern boundary currently.
HI-Scot Credit Union is the first choice for savings and borrowing in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Unlike the High Street banks the focus of HI-Scot Credit Union is on service to members rather than shareholder profit.
Nominations are being invited from people seeking election to 15 Highland community councils covering areas in Caithness Sutherland, Easter Ross, Wester Ross, Isle of Raasay, the Black Isle, Inverness, Nairnshire, Badenoch and Strathspey and Lochaber. Community Councils are voluntary organisations that express the views and concerns of local people within their area across a wide range of issues from new buildings and roads to local services and facilities.
NHS dental practices unable to offer appointments to new adult patients, in the most extensive survey of patient access ever undertaken. The British Dental Association has pressed government to step up and deliver urgent reform, as new research from the BBC underlines the scale of the access crisis facing NHS patients across the country.
A 10-week public consultation on the proposed merger of UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland has been launched today. This exciting new strategic partnership would create an anchor institution of scale and impact within UHI, and the region, supporting 9000 students and 600 staff in 19 rural and island campus locations across the north of Scotland.
With online sales falling to their lowest level since March 2020, Shopify and Amazon have shed staff in a reset to the pre-Covid era. ParcelHero asks if e-commerce is the victim of its own rapid growth?.
SSE Renewables has awarded more than £1.5 million to 20 ‘transformational' projects across the Highlands. It comes in a bid to help communities respond to the climate emergency, with the projects ranging from decarbonising heat in community facilities in Golspie to the creation of active travel routes in Skye.
The Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland could soon become the World's first peatland World Heritage Site on account of its blanket bog habitat and important biodiversity. Highland Council is one of the lead agencies on the Flow Country Partnership, which has just finished a 17-day series of community drop-in sessions around Caithness and Sutherland to find out what local people thought about this exciting opportunity.
The Notice of Election for the Highland Council has been published today, Monday 14 March 2022. The Highland Council election, which takes place every 5 years, is now seeking candidates to come forward with their nomination to stand.
There will be a temporary prohibition of traffic on the B869 Lochinver - Drumbeg - Newton Road later this month. The lengths of road affected include the B869 Lochinver - Drumbeg - Newton Road, which will be closed from its junction with A894 Loch Assynt - Laxford Road to its junction with A836 Invershin – Lochinver Road.
At the meeting of the Sutherland Area Committee, Members agreed a one-year Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme that will see £533,000 spent on projects to improve Sutherland Council homes over 2022/23. The HRA Capital Programme 2022-23 has been developed in line with the agreed principles within the 2022-27 HRA Capital Plan approved at Housing and Property Committee on 15 December 2021.
Scotland's major festivals are to benefit from a share of the Scottish Government’s £2m Festivals Expo Fund. The funding has been awarded for events that run across the year including Edinburgh’s international, book, film and fringe festivals as well as Glasgow International Festival and Celtic Connections.
A more balanced deal than previous arrangements, securing UK priority stocks such as cod and haddock. The UK has secured exchanges of opportunities valued at around £5.5 million for the fishing industry through the annual negotiations with the Faroe Islands, providing certainty for the industry on quota for this year.
Street lights, bus shelters and traffic lights will host more mobile network equipment to help boost mobile coverage as part of a new scheme to cut red tape and install more 4G and 5G kit. Eight pilots to simplify local authority processes to speed up 4G and 5G deployment.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today launched a brand-new campaign "The Online Rip-Off Tip-Off" to help shoppers spot and avoid misleading online practices that could result in them being ripped off. In a poll of over 2,000 UK adults: 7 out of 10 had experienced misleading online practices 85% believed businesses using them were being dishonest with their customers And 83% were less likely to buy from them in the future The CMA has today launched a brand-new campaign "The Online Rip-Off Tip-Off" to help shoppers spot and avoid misleading online practices that could result in them being ripped off.
Amazon Prime membership fee could soon rise to over £90, despite record UK sales of £23.6bn, says ParcelHero. Amazon's UK revenue jumped over 20% last year.
From Tuesday 8 February, those who are capable of work will be expected to search more widely for suitable available jobs from the fourth week of their Universal Credit claim, rather than up to three months as was previously the case. The changes in the regulations aim to support people into work faster as we recover from the pandemic.
The Scottish Local Government Elections for The Highland Council are taking place on Thursday 5 May 2022 to elect 74 Local Councillors in 21 wards. Local Councillors are responsible for making decisions on your behalf about local services.
Additional £44 million allocated through the Dormant Assets Scheme, taking the total to almost £850 million over the past decade. Funding will help tackle youth unemployment, support communities in deprived areas and give people in need access to finance New Government Bill could unlock further £880 million for good causes Communities and good causes across England have been allocated an additional £44 million through the Dormant Assets Scheme.