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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.  
Aiming For A World Class Bog: Celebrate The Flow Country On International Bog DayThumbnail for article : Aiming For A World Class Bog: Celebrate The Flow Country On International Bog Day
Highland Council is supporting International Bog Day (25 July 2021), an annual event designed to celebrate the importance of bogs to our environment.   These amazing environments are hugely important in our fight against climate change and offer an incredible world to explore and enjoy.  
The New £50 Enters Circulation TodayThumbnail for article : The New £50 Enters Circulation Today
The paper £20 and £50 will be withdrawn in 2022.   The new £50 note will start to become available in bank branches and at ATM's ian the coming days and weeks.  
Last Chance- Grant Scheme For BandBs And Self-catering Who Pay Council Tax
B&B's and Self-catering businesses who pay Council Tax, can now for one week only, apply for grant support from the Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund.   If you miss this last date to apply you may not get anything.  
Tongue Medical Practice: General Medical Practice contract awarded
NHS Highland is delighted to announce that the contract for the provision of medical services in Tongue has been awarded.   Partners from Tain and District Medical Group put forward a business case as part of a robust procurement process, and the award was made by a panel including medical, management and community representatives.  
Public's views sought on the future economy of the Inner Moray FirthThumbnail for article : Public's views sought on the future economy of the Inner Moray Firth
At a critical time for the Highland economy views are being sought on a range of options for how the Council can assist the local economy to respond, recover, progress and transition.  The immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, the potential major changes resulting from Brexit, and the need to respond to the Climate and Ecological Emergency are at the forefront of the review of the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan which offers a chance to set out a collective medium to long term vision for the area's economy.  
Royal Mail Scam Text Message Alert
The Highland Council Trading Standards team have been alerted to a smishing scam that is currently targeting Highland residents.   The scam involves a text message claiming to be from Royal Mail advising the recipient that they are holding a piece of mail due to unpaid postage.  
Temporary road closure - U2901 Fascally Cottages Road, Brora
Motorists are being advised by The Highland Council that there will be a temporary road closure on the U2901 Fascally Cottages Road, Brora, between its junction with the U5049 Park Court and Fascally Cottages for a distance of around 300 metres.   This will come into operation from 8:00 on Friday 12 February 2021 and will remain in effect until 22:00 on Friday 26 March 2021.  
North Sutherland Coast Redesign: Steering Group hears positive way forward for a new care facility in Tongue
Members of the steering group behind plans to provide enhanced care provision to serve the North Coast Sutherland area (Thursday 4 February) heard positive news regarding the provision of a new care facility in Tongue.   Officers from NHS Highland, The Highland Council and representatives from Wildland provided an update on progress on the project, following the decision by the Highland Council on 7 January to provide capital funding of £5m within its capital programme for the project.  
Food And Drink Training Initiative WelcomedThumbnail for article : Food And Drink Training Initiative Welcomed
A new initiative to drive growth in the food and drink sector has been welcomed by HIE.   The Scotland Food & Drink Partnership launched The Academy this week to help businesses targeting growth, after the industry was one of the hardest hit by COVID-19 and Brexit.