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Highland Council Appeals To The Scottish Government To Reverse Budget Reductions
The Highland Council is calling on the Scottish Government to provide greater transparency in relation to its budget settlement for local government and is seeking further funding to address a range of significant external budget pressures.  The Council has asked the Government to examine the analysis of the budget settlement which shows less money will be flowing into the Highlands from Edinburgh.  
Communities Encouraged To Apply For Place Based Investment Programme Support
Seven of the Council's Area Committees are now inviting applications under the first round of the Place-Based Investment programme.  Community groups and local organisations are being encouraged to apply and make sure they don’t miss the various January 2022 deadlines.  
Place Based Investment funding approved for Sutherland projects
Sutherland Members have agreed to primarily invest in local playparks for improvement from the Scottish Government's Place Based Investment Programme.   The fund was set up to enable a flexible local response to address the four harms of COVID-19, which were identified as direct health harms; health impacts not directly related to COVID; societal impacts and economic impacts.  
Advanced notice of temporary overnight road closures in Sutherland due to Network Rail works
The Highland Council is advising drivers that two temporary overnight road closures will be in place in Sutherland next week in order for Network Rail to carry out works.   The first is the B871 Kinbrace - Syre Road which will be closed from its junction with the A897 Helmsdale - Melvich Road to its junction with the B873 Syre - Altnaharra Road from 20:00 hours on 14 November 2021 to 07:00 hours on 15 November 2021.  
Regeneration Project In Gairloch Wins UK Climate AwardThumbnail for article : Regeneration Project In Gairloch Wins UK Climate Award
The regeneration of the Achtercairn site in Gairloch, north west Highlands, has won ‘Best Regeneration Project - Rural & Suburban' at the Inside Housing Development Awards in London.   The awards celebrate the very best residential developments across the UK, and recognise innovation in striving for more sustainable and net-zero solutions.  
Sutherland Vaccine Update
The uptake of the COVID vaccine programme in NHS Highland has been excellent and we fully appreciate that many are now keen to get their COVID booster and their flu vaccination.   In Sutherland NHS Highland will be delivering COVID vaccination clinics for the following GP Practices - • Golspie Medical Practice (COVID) • Helmsdale/Brora (COVID) • Tongue Health Centre (COVID) Eligible patients with these practices will be invited by letter.  
Over A Third Of Brits Have Binned Christmas Presents On Boxing Day Thumbnail for article : Over A Third Of Brits Have Binned Christmas Presents On Boxing Day
As the nation starts planning for Christmas early to avoid supply shortages, new research reveals the misjudged gifts you should AVOID giving your friends and family.   The research, from the UK's number one sharing app OLIO, found that 34 per cent thought that a dead plant was one of the worst gifts you could receive; with out-of-date chocolates next on the list (29 per cent) as well as loo roll (29 per cent); perfume that smells awful (26 per cent) and regifting someone the same thing they gave you last year all featuring as gifts that are most likely to end up straight in the bin.  
New Care Facility For The North Coast Agreed
Highland Council members, during their Committee meeting which took place today, considered a detailed appraisal of options for taking forward a new Care Facility for the North Coast, to be located in Tongue.   This built upon the prior commitments to take forward a new Care Facility to replace the existing Melvich and Caladh Sona care homes operated by NHS Highland.  
Highland Council Agree Initial Cuts And Increased Charges From Next YearThumbnail for article : Highland Council Agree Initial Cuts And Increased Charges From Next Year
The Highland Council has approved a number of key recommendations as part of its medium term financial planning approach.   Councillors considered revenue budget projections for the coming financial year, medium term planning for future budgets over the next 5 years and forecasted budget gaps, as well as a number of capital developments and future capital strategy.  
The Great Outdoors: From Longboat To Space Ship, Shetland's Spectacular Isle Of Unst Is Flying High
There's "up north" and then there's Unst, the most northerly of Britain's inhabited islands.  Part of Shetland’s North Isles - along with Yell and Fetlar - at 19km (12 miles) long and 8km (5 miles) wide, Unst has all you could want for an island adventure.  
Space Hub Sutherland Will Be A Launch Pad For Jobs And The EconomyThumbnail for article : Space Hub Sutherland Will Be A Launch Pad For Jobs And The Economy
A new report launched (Wednesday 29th September 2021), commissioned by Caithness Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, demonstrates the economic benefits that Space Hub Sutherland will bring to the North Highland and Moray areas.   Space Hub Sutherland - a new satellite launch site - will bring huge employment and tourism benefits to the Scottish Highlands.  
Committee Chairs Express Relief As Boundaries Scotland Proposals For Highland Are Rejected
The Chairs of two Highland Council Area Committees have spoken of their relief that the voices of communities have been heard following the announcement yesterday that the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Housing and Planning Committee have recommend that the proposals by Boundaries Scotland to change the electoral wards in Highland be rejected.   Chair of the Sutherland Committee, Councillor Richard Gale said: "I am delighted with this result.  
Council Welcomes Forward-thinking Report On Coastal Change For Golspie To CoulThumbnail for article : Council Welcomes Forward-thinking Report On Coastal Change For Golspie To Coul
The Highland Council has today (27 August 2021) welcomed Scottish Government's publication of a forward-thinking report on coastal change for the area in East Sutherland stretching from Golspie to Coul.  It provides a summary of the latest ‘Dynamic Coast' science and is intended to support key partners in developing and implementing a response, which could include resilience and adaptation measures.  
Rapid Covid-19 Community Testing Available At Golspie
Rapid COVID-19 community testing will be available in Golspie from Wednesday 25 August to Friday 27 August.   The Highland Council and NHS Highland are delivering community testing in the Highlands to help people become confident in using the Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits.  
Scotland's Music On Tour - Fund For Live MusicThumbnail for article : Scotland's Music On Tour - Fund For Live Music
Scottish Government launch touring fund for live music.   Musicians, bands, artists and venues will be able to apply to a £750,000 Scottish Government fund to bring new and additional concerts to venues and festivals in Scotland next year.  
Highland Council Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme (ees:abs) - First Time Central Heating
There is still time for eligible residents to benefit from up to 100%* Scottish Government grant funding available for First Time Central Heating.   This would be delivered through the installation of an air source heat pump, new radiators and new controls.  
Council Congratulates Timespan Museum On Shortlist For National AwardThumbnail for article : Council Congratulates Timespan Museum On Shortlist For National Award
The Chair of The Highland Council's Sutherland County Committee has congratulated Timespan, a cultural organisation in Helmsdale, for reaching the shortlist for this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year award.   Cllr Richard Gale said: "This is excellent news for Timespan, the local community, and for the Highlands.  
Council To Consult On Dornoch Common Good Land
The Highland Council is today (16 August 2021) launching a Common Good consultation giving the Dornoch community until 11 October 2021 to respond to proposals to dispose, by sale, of two small areas of Dornoch Common Good land.   The details of the areas of land are as follows.: At 1 River Street, Dornoch to correct a deficit in title - area of land measuring 49m².  
Sutherland County Committee Backs "north West 2045 Our Future Our Choice"
At today's Sutherland County Committee meeting, it was agreed to adopt the development of a long-term vision for north west Highland - "North West 2045 Our Future Our Choice".   Started in Autumn 2020, the North West 2045 (NW2045) project was formed by a diverse group of local organisations and has the following objectives.: Co-create a community-led, long-term vision for the future of north west Highland to 2045 through a wide engagement process that allows the collective community voice to be heard externally.  
£100,000 Of Funding For Sutherland Playparks And Mental Well-being
At today's Sutherland County Committee, it was agreed to allocate £80,000 of funding towards playparks and £20,000 towards mental well-being initiatives in Sutherland's Ward 4.   Following on from the budget agreed by Highland Council in March 2021, a £100,000 Place Based Investment Fund was allocated to each ward for the 2021/22 financial year.