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Highland Council Budget: How it affects you and what to expect in a crunch week for the north

Highland Council Budget: How it affects you and what to expect in a crunch week for the north

Highland Council Budget: How it affects you and what to expect in a crunch week for the north

26 February 2024

From taxes to roads to fees, we take you through some of the main points of the £602 million budget.


Scottish Government depopulation action plan 'an insult to Caithness'

Scottish Government depopulation action plan 'an insult to Caithness'

Scottish Government depopulation action plan 'an insult to Caithness'

23 February 2024

A 95-page Scottish Government document aimed at tackling depopulation has been condemned as an insult to Caithness by two Highland councillors.


Highland Council leader reveals up to £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

Highland Council leader reveals up to £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

Highland Council leader reveals up to £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

22 February 2024

Raymond Bremner says an extra £60 million would go ‘some way towards us being able to invest in important capital projects.’


Hundreds of Highland planning breaches kept secret

Hundreds of Highland planning breaches kept secret

Hundreds of Highland planning breaches kept secret

22 February 2024

Highland Council is investigating hundreds of land owners and developers for breaching planning rules, without sharing details online.


Section of A836 in Sutherland on North Coast 500 to close to traffic for five days, warns Highland Council

Section of A836 in Sutherland on North Coast 500 to close to traffic for five days, warns Highland Council

Section of A836 in Sutherland on North Coast 500 to close to traffic for five days, warns Highland Council

22 February 2024

Roadworks will affect a mile-long section of road from the eastern end of Bettyhill to the turn off for Farr.


Stone wants answers on why 'things are going so wrong' with respite care in Caithness

Stone wants answers on why 'things are going so wrong' with respite care in Caithness

Stone wants answers on why 'things are going so wrong' with respite care in Caithness

22 February 2024

North MP to contact Highland Council on lack of facilities in county


Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024

Focus on attainment was lost as councillors defend officials over a 'judgmental' education report critical of primary school staff.


WATCH: Noisy nightmare over for Watten residents as dodgy manhole cover replaced

WATCH: Noisy nightmare over for Watten residents as dodgy manhole cover replaced

WATCH: Noisy nightmare over for Watten residents as dodgy manhole cover replaced

21 February 2024

The cause of many sleepless nights in Watten was resolved today when the rattling cover over a sewer pipe on the A882 was replaced.


Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024

Council leader Raymond Bremner said: 'It has been our priority to protect jobs and services wherever possible.'


Highland Council leader 'absolutely delighted' over Wick PSO boost

Highland Council leader 'absolutely delighted' over Wick PSO boost

Highland Council leader 'absolutely delighted' over Wick PSO boost

21 February 2024

Vital funding from the Scottish Government for Wick/Aberdeen air links will continue in 2024/25, it was announced this morning.


Highland Council ward management changes will be 'as community focused as possible.'

Highland Council ward management changes will be 'as community focused as possible.'

Highland Council ward management changes will be 'as community focused as possible.'

21 February 2024

Re-organisation outlined at Association of Caithness Community Councils meeting


Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024

But there is little information on roads spending as the £602.5 million budget seeks to plug a £65 million blackhole.


Development at former children's home in Wick

Development at former children's home in Wick

Development at former children's home in Wick

20 February 2024

An application has been lodged with Highland Council regarding developments at the former children's care home in Wick called Avonlea.


Go-ahead for solar panels on former Wick cinema and social club

Go-ahead for solar panels on former Wick cinema and social club

Go-ahead for solar panels on former Wick cinema and social club

20 February 2024

Highland Council has given the go-ahead for solar panels to be installed on the roof of a derelict former cinema and social club in Wick.


WATCH: Disabled 71-year-old on oxygen wants moved from mould-riddled Thurso house – 'No one should live in these conditions,' says local MP

WATCH: Disabled 71-year-old on oxygen wants moved from mould-riddled Thurso house – 'No one should live in these conditions,' says local MP

WATCH: Disabled 71-year-old on oxygen wants moved from mould-riddled Thurso house – 'No one should live in these conditions,' says local MP

20 February 2024

A disabled Thurso man, who breathes with an oxygen cylinder, is pleads with the council to be decanted from his mouldy home before it 'kills' him.


Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024

Councillor Helen Crawford says asking 'teachers to mark more generously' is 'just a big sticking plaster.'


Caithness councillor in switch to Highland Independent group

Caithness councillor in switch to Highland Independent group

Caithness councillor in switch to Highland Independent group

19 February 2024

Caithness councillor Karl Rosie has joined the Highland Independent group on the local authority, saying he wants to "put people before politics".


Highland Council service points to close for staff training

Highland Council service points to close for staff training

Highland Council service points to close for staff training

19 February 2024

Service points will be closed next Thursday morning.


'We need more council allotments in the Highlands,' Greens argue amid fears region left behind

'We need more council allotments in the Highlands,' Greens argue amid fears region left behind

'We need more council allotments in the Highlands,' Greens argue amid fears region left behind

17 February 2024

Providing council-owned & managed allotments across the Highlands must be included in the local authority's latest review, the region's Greens argue.


Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024

593 staff past and present were overpaid and now face salary reductions, debt recovery and legal action to force the return of cash.


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