If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. Such
as a gorilla or a giant spider or maybe nothing more scarey than a
tortoise or squirrel. It's all part of the mile-and-a-half walk at the
Forestry Commission's Skelbo woodland ramble, a little north of the
Dornoch turn off. Marge and I took it in, again, on our way north
recently and got the unexpected bonus of sudden sunshine which lit
everything up. The animals, which I hasten to add, are not real but
great fun for the kids to discover and there are feeders in the trees
for the birds. The weather is on the turn but an autumnal walk could
have its own attractions. Don't forget your cameras!
ATTENTION VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY
More funding opportunities posted in the Community Pages.
These funding opportunities apply to a wide range of
potential projects and cover many subjects so take look.
Highlight Dog Fouling Problem Almost 7 in 10 people rated dog mess as the item on our
streets, parks and beaches that bothered them most; that is the finding
of recent research into public attitudes to littering carried out by
Keep Scotland Beautiful which is running a Dog Fouling Fortnight from
the 30th September to 13th October. The campaign, which is being
supported by The Highland Council, aims to highlight the problem
presented by irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to foul in
Match points set Academy up for a
Turra’ cup coup Wick Academy
Report by Noel Donaldson
WICK ACADEMY got the best possible boost in advance of their
crucial, second round, Scottish Cup tie with Turriff, on Saturday - an
emphatic 5-2 dispatch of Lossiemouth, in the league.
However, as the scoreline suggests, the Scorries didn’t have it all
their own way on their home ground. They went on the offensive from the
word go, only some good work from the Coasters’ keeper, Errol Watson,
denying them their opener.
Academy didn’t have long to wait for it, though, Gary Weir giving the
keeper no chance in the ninth minute and the flood gates were open. A
Lucas Geruzel header on the 20th minute was followed by No 3, from
Richard Macadie, pouncing on a rebound.......
Scenes Start HERE
4 Hours Of Strictly
Dancing in Thurso
If you want to learn or improve your dancing skills get your
place booked for the latest session being organised. Already
16 places are gone. but stil time for you to book. 4 dances
covered with one hour for each. They will start about 11am and there
will be a break for lunch. Final times and venue to be
confirmed. Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha and Jive and a social
dance in the evening to let you try out your new moves.
Bridges In Caithness
A new gallery to bring together old and new photos of bridges in
Caithness. There are many smaller bridges across streams and
rivers and if anyone has some to share please email them to
Dyslexia Scotland Roadshow In
Wick 3rd October Difficulties
with reading and writing are probably the first thing that most people
associate with dyslexia, but there are other common traits such as poor
short-term memory, lack of concentration and disorganisation. Awareness
of dyslexia is rising but there is still some misunderstanding of it
and the impact it can have on people’s lives.
Dyslexia Scotland is pleased to be coming to Caithness to answer
questions about dyslexia on Thursday
3 October. The free drop in event will be at the Wick Youth Club, Lower Dunbar
Street, Wick from 2pm
– 7.30pm. As well as exhibitors, resources and
information, there will be 3 talks during the event: 4.30pm – Support for
dyslexic pupils in Highland Council (Kathy Wares, Principal Teacher,
Additional Support needs
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia in the workplace.
Anyone is welcome to drop in at any time..........
CAITHNESS POETRY - Caithness
Bitties by Isabel Salmon The
late Isabel Salmon wrote about things she new and remembered in the
Caithness dialect. Thanks to Margo Mackay for supplying another
treasure trove of local dialect poems for everyone to read if
they never managed to get the little book when it was available.
To open a larger version of each page just right click and
open a new tab or window.
Surfers Against Sewage
Beach Cleans - Sinclairs Bay and Thurso Cold
Water Beach Clean Series Events at Thurso
and Reiss Beach
at Sinclairs Bay on 5th
and 6th of October from 12 - 2pm.
The Cold Water Beach Clean Series, a new SAS initiative in
collaboration with The Crown Estate and Finisterre is calling for
community volunteers of all ages and abilities to join the SAS beach
clean team on 20 beaches nationwide (including Thurso, Sinclairs Bay,
Cruden Bay and Pease Bay on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th of October
respectively) come rain, snow, sleet or shine.
Just as some of the UK’s best waves and wind unfurl on our beaches
during the coldest months, marine litter accumulates in huge quantities
on our coastline, threatening the safety and enjoyment of beaches by
surfers, walkers and other sports enthusiasts during the winter months.
SRUC Vets Warn of
Blackleg Increase in Caithness Area
Rural College vets are warning farmers about a rise in the incidence of
Blackleg in cattle in the Caithness area.
This follows the recent diagnoses of several cases of the disease at
Thurso Disease Surveillance Centre.
Blackleg is fatal but can be easily prevented by vaccination so SRUC is
advising farmers to investigate the unexpected death of any cattle and
consult their vet on the need to vaccinate young stock when out on
The increase in cases of the disease, caused by the bacterium
Clostridium chauvoei in soil, can lead to substantial losses. Cattle
between six and 24 months old are particularly susceptible to Blackleg.
Affected animals are often found dead, although occasionally they may
be lame and have a swollen upper limb before they die.
about Blackleg on WikipediaVideo
about Blackleg - University Of Tennesssee
Medical equipment presentations
at Thurso TWO
medical agencies in Thurso have benefited from new equipment funded by
Caithness Heart Support Group. Testing a vital signs monitor on group
member, Janice Macgregor, (seated left) at the Dunbar Community
Hospital, is auxiliary nurse, Janice Falconer., front right. Also
pictured (standing left) are minutes secretary, Janette Sinclair, and
secretary/treasurer, Marge Donaldson. The group members also kept a
presentation appointment (below) at Thurso's Riverbank medical centre
where practice nurse, Lea-Anne Taylor helped to check out a blood
Cover2Cover - Thurso
Cinema Bar - Fri 4th Oct
great night is being anticipated as the Thurso band Cover2Cover Return
to rock the Thurso Cinema Bar on Friday 4th October 2013 from 9:30 till
Playing a selection of classic songs from country,rock and pop.
Briniing live music back to the cinema bar extends the range
or entertainment being expanded at the venue since its take over by a
Meygen Set To Go On
Pentland Firth Tidal Project
to six turbines will be initially placed in the Inner Sound of the
Pentland Firth off the north coast of Caithness, Scotland, the first
phase of what developers hope will be a much larger project.
MeyGen Ltd. (London, U.K.) has been awarded consent by the Scottish
Government for an 86MW tidal energy project, following the completion
of the statutory approval process with the regulator Marine Scotland.
The project is located in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth off the
north coast of Caithness, home to one of Europe’s greatest tidal
resources. It is the largest tidal stream energy project to be awarded
consent in Europe and constitutes the first phase of a site that could
eventually yield up to 398MW.
Improvements to the winter maintenance service provided by The Highland
Council were confirmed by the Transport Environmental and Community
Service Committee at its meeting today (Thursday).
A review of priority routes has resulted in a 76-mile increase in the
length of Priority One routes to 1,319 miles (31% of the network).
Ormlie Junior Warden Scheme
Recognised By Community Awards
of the first Highland Council Tenant Community Awards sponsored by The
Co-operative Membership are:
Estere Vitola of Cromarty, who received Young Person of the Year;
Cameron Semple, Golpsie who was awarded the Good Neighbour award;
Kay MacDuff received the Individual Award for Making a difference in
Amy Cameron and Lani Jones, second year pupils from Thurso High School
who were representing the Ormlie Junior Warden Scheme which won the
The awards were presented by Melanie Newdick of The Co-operative
Membership, and Tina Luxton, Highland Council Area Housing and Property
Manager at the fifth Highland Council annual Tenant Conference last
weekend (Saturday 21 September) at the Merkinch Community Centre in
In Thurso the Ormlie pilot project (The Junior Warden Scheme) with
Thurso High School and Highland Council. This was a 12 week project
with first year students from the High School, encouraging greater
participation of young people within their community.
Wardens at Caithness & Sutherland Area committtee In August
20th Archaeology Week
2013 - Events All Over Highland Treasure
trove of events on offer as 20th year of Highland Archaeology Festival
The programme for the Highland Archaeology Festival, which this year
celebrates its twentieth year, has been launched with a bumper line-up
of events taking place across the Highlands. The fortnight-long
Festival, which is co-ordinated by The Highland Council’s Planning and
Development Service in partnership with dozens of local event
organisers, will run from 28th
September to 13th October, with over 100 walks, talks,
exhibitions and special activities aimed at local people and visitors.
Full Programme Of Events HERE
Borgue School - Around 1950 This
is the latest old sachool photos to be sent for the Schooldays
listings. Many other old class photos from Caithness schools
be found HERE
To contribute any more pold school photos email them with details to
Temporary closure of Smoo Cave
Highland Council has appointed Rope Access Scotland Ltd to undertake
rock stability works in the vicinity of Smoo Cave near Durness in
Sutherland. The work, which commences on Monday September 30th and is
expected to take two weeks to complete, includes light rock scaling,
netting and bolting and will be overseen by geotechnical experts from
consultants URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited.
For the duration of the works both the cave and paths down to the cave
will be closed for public access. The eastern path to the headland and
the bridge over the waterfall will be kept open except for short
periods when work is taking place immediately adjoining or underneath.
For their own safety, visitors are requested to follow all instructions
provided on site.
Tatties An' Herreen by Castlegreen For
many years the Caithness dialect poetry by Castlegreen kept everyone
entertained. It may have dropped ou tof sight and thelittle
of some of his poems called Tatties An' Herreen" has not been available
for many years sonce it was published in 1961. Now one of our
surfers to Caithness.org has kindly scanned the whole booklet so we can
once again share this delightful set of poems. If you find
text too small you can enlarge each one by right clicking and opening
the image in a new tab or window. Enjoy..............
Wick Coastal Rowing Club Head Up
Wick River For First Time Members
of Wick Coastal Rowing Club took advantage of a particularly high tide
to row up Wick River as far as the "Fairies Hilly" - the
up river they have been with "Spirit O' Wick" so far. For those of "a
certain age" it brought back memories of summer days spent on "the
boatie's" which could be hired on the river before the sluice was
Caithness & North
Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update Hundreds
of people turned out last Saturday in bright sunshine for the official
opening of the “Inn at John O’Groats” – the latest phase of work at the
Natural Retreats complex. The project, led by Natural Retreats and
Heritage GB, was supported by HIE funding of £1.8M. Lord Lieutenant
Anne Dunnett cut the ribbon to open the new facility. The reaction from
all of those who were able to look around the new apartments was
extremely positive, and particular praise went to the quality of the
building and its furnishings. It was also good to see the presence of a
number of local food/ drink/ crafts businesses as part of the open day.
Academy Hammer Rothes 7 - 0
In another away game Wick Academy picked up the pace once again after
the first 21 minutes saw them have the ball but not making any chances.
However once they started the goals just kept
Wick Town Hall Surrounded By
major refurnishment gets going the wick Town Hall has been surrounded
by scaffolding to gain access to the outer walls. Internally
began once the building ws emptied of furniture and pictures.
new lift will be installed to allow acccess for wheel chairs to the
main chamber and ofices on the upper floor. The building has
a main feature of Bridge Street since the 1820's when it was built.
The clock mechanism is currently having work done to restore
to good order.
To see the series of photos from the start go HERE
Caithness Astronomy Group
Presents A Weekend Of Wonders
Busy Bees Revamped
Outdoor Play Area
children at Bower Busy Bees are thoroughly enjoying the recent
revamp of their outdoor play area. The Highland Council Community
Payback, under the management of Rodney Brass, painted the wooden
fence, furniture and play equipment within the nursery garden ready for
the children returning from the school holidays.
Marina Swanson, chairperson of the Bower Busy Bees said:“We are
extremely grateful to Rodney and his team for carrying out such a
fantastic job with the painting work.
Assessors At Wick Town
Hall Still Open For Business During Rennovations
Assessor & ERO’s Office at 3A Bridge Street, Wick remains open
business as usual during the renovations at the Town Hall.
The works will take around 8 months to complete but the Assessor’s
Office will be open as usual during office hours; 9am-1pm &
Monday to Friday. Delivery of mail to the Assessor & ERO is
restricted to the aforementioned office opening hours.
Pentland Firth tidal turbine
project given consent
Work is to begin on the largest tidal turbine energy project in Europe
after the Scottish government approved it.
MeyGen is to install the tidal array in stages in the Pentland Firth,
between Orkney and the Scottish mainland.
Pentland Model Boat Club Members
Win Prizes Members
of the Pentland Model Boat Club based in Thurso were away to Coatbridge
last weekend for the annual regatta of the Scottish Federation of Boat
The regatta this year was held in Summerlea Museum.
Ted Miller who has built many model boats and has great eye for detail
won the boxed section with his model "Yorkshireman". In addition he
picked up a third place for another model - the lifeboat "Helen
In the scratch built section took Billy Macintosh took a third place
with his model of "Thorsa".
Is It Time To Beat Rising Food
Prices By Growing Your Own? With
prices rising ever upwards in the past few years perhaps the time has
come for everyone to grow more fruit and vegetables to ease the
Wartime in the UK saw many people take up vegetable gardening but as
times went by and family incomes rose less and less was grown at home.
Allotments fell into disuse but with rising costs and family budgets
being squeezed many more place are looking to open their allotment
areas once again or create new ones. Highland Council is backing a
number of new schemes to increase the availability of ground for
growing vegetables and soft fruits.
The video we are highlighting shows the war time ideas to get people
back into gardening for the war effort. Perhaps today it wil help
family budgets if more of us give this way of feeding the family a go. Caithness.org
Council Policy on Allotments To find out about
Allotments in your area contact the ward
Wick Academy 6 -
Another great result for the Scorries as they trounce coldstream 6 - 0
and delighted 150 fans who travelled to the game in the far south of
Scotland. Scorries now go into the second round of the
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33 Highlanders Caught Not Wearing
in Highlands and Islands report numbers detected during national
seatbelt day of action.
Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division report that 33 people
were found to be within vehicles without wearing a seatbelt during the
national day of action, which ended yesterday morning.
The national 24-hour long initiative saw a total of 378 vehicle
occupants detected committing such an offence across the country, 33 of
which were within the Highlands and Islands.
Newtonhill New Community Woodland With
news tha the council wil finally close the car park at the old
community woodland we thought you might like to see what great progress
the new woodland has made. Paths have been laid out around
thenew site and many trees plants. The new woodland area is much larger
than the old one and wel worth a walk round. There are paths
in several directions and great views of the countryside from there.
River Ness Flood Scheme
work starts in earnest The
Inverness public is being advised that work will start in earnest from
Monday 16 September on the construction of flood walls along the River
Ness between the Ness Bridge and Friars Bridge. Every attempt is being
made to minimise disruption by maintaining at all times pedestrian
access to shops and businesses, which will continue to trade as normal.
Signs have been put in place to give motorists advance warning of the
works, which are part of an £8.5 million first phase of flood wall
construction to ease the threat of flooding to 800 homes and 200
Newtonhill Woodland/ Landfill Car
Park Closed to Public
Highland Council is advising people that the car park immediately
adjoining the former landfill site at Newtonhill in Caithness is to be
closed in the interests of public safety, with visitors to be directed
to the nearby Newtonhill Croft Community Woodland.
The landfill was operated by the former Caithness County and District
Councils from the mid 1960s until its closure in the mid 1970s and was
managed as a community woodland between 1996 and 2008, when the site
was closed for reasons of public safety, due to the presence of
substances in the soils including heavy metals, arsenic and asbestos.
Although the car park, approximately 2 km from the town centre, lies
outwith the former landfill and has remained open to date, the
provision of fencing and signage has proved insufficient to deter
repeated and determined vandalism and members of the public continue to
take access to the former landfill for recreational purposes, despite
possible health risks. Photos
in July 2005 Before Contamination Was Known
Information Day In Inverness
Highland pupils find out all they need to know about life after school.
Young people in the Highlands who want to find out about life at
university can come along to Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Higher
Education Convention in Inverness.
The Convention, at Smithton Church, Murray Road, Inverness on Thursday
26 September, brings together college and university representatives
from all over Scotland. It offers students an opportunity to compare
and contrast courses in one place at one time. There will also be
representation from all of the armed services and four key industry
sectors - IT, Oil and Gas, Land Based and Life Sciences at the event.
Police Vehicles In Caithness
anyone has old photos of police vehicles in Caithness we would
happy to add them to this gallery. Email them to
Local Kids Do Well At Fusion
Street Dance Championships Some
of the Caithness Rush.dance kids have just competed at Fusion Street
dance Championships in Dundee.
he kids travelled Saturday with instructor Willie Miller and parents to
Aberdeen for stay over before travelling on to Dundee on Sunday
morning. All the kids had a blast whilst staying over as a group and it
also gave the parents time to chill after the journey.
Stroma Trip This
is your opportunity to sail to explore the fascinating Island of Stroma
directly from the Scottish mainland at Gills Bay. Join the ranger and
learn about the flowers, birds and seals of Stroma. This is also an
opportunity to learn more about the history of the only island
belonging to Caithness. Bring walking gear and pack
lunch. Numbers limited so early booking essential.
Departs Gills Bay.
Police Focus On Seat Belts On
Wednesday 11th September 2013
People who put their lives at risk by failing to do the straightforward
task of securing their seat belt will find themselves the focus of a
24-hour Police Scotland initiative on Wednesday 11 September 2013.
Police officers across Highland and Islands Division will be involved
in the national day of action aimed at 'Keeping People Safe' on
Scotland's roads by targeting offences related to the use of seat belts
and child restraints.
Going to the Hills? Police and
partners in Highlands and Islands
re-launch updated contact form
in the Highlands and Islands and partner organisations are asking
mountaineers and hill walkers to complete the updated "Going to the
Hills” contact form this winter, prior to heading out into the Scottish
The form asks for a few simple details to assist in a search and
rescue, should the need arise, such as details of those in the walking
or climbing group, planned route, expected return time as well as
medical and emergency contact information. It takes no longer than a
few minutes to complete and could make a huge difference if you find
yourself in difficulty.
Council Publishes Planning
The Highland Council has started publishing planning notices on a
national website to complement the current system of placing adverts in
the local press.
Along with other Scottish Councils, The Highland Council is using the
Tell Me Scotland (Public Information Notification Scotland – PINS)
website to publish planning notices. This site is linked to the
Council’s own ePlanning public access portal which many people already
use to access information on a wide range of planning issues.
Geise Ghoulies - Finjd Out About
Night Creatures in Caithness It
might look like Halloween has come early but this walk is to let you
see some of the creatures that get around at night time.
The rangers have organised this evening walk so that it will be darker
to let folk find out more about the creatures inhabiting our area that
come out at night.
Witches by Roald Dahl Thurso Players present the
Witches by Roald Dahl on Friday 13th and
Saturday 14th September at Thurso High School. Tickets are on
sale now. A young boy goes to stay with his
grandmother after his parents are killed in a tragic car crash in the
Norwegian mountains when they are on vacation. The boy is comforted by
his grandmother, and then she says she will adopt him. The next night,
she begins to warn him about witches, which she says are "demons in
human form", which seek to kill human children. She tells the boy that
she knows of five children who were cursed by witches: a girl named
Ranghild Hansen was seen with a tall woman and disappeared, Solveg
Christiansen disappeared and then was found painted in a picture in her
parent's living room, Birgit Svenson started to sprout feathers and
turned into a hen, a boy named Harald was turned into stone, and
another boy named Leif was turned into a porpoise and swam away.......
9 September 2013
1,000 new jobs planned by
Pentland Firth stakeholder .. but 1,000 miles away
The parent firm of a major shareholder in a seabed lease from the Crown
Estate in the Pentland Firth is vowing to establish a 'European
industrial nerve-centre fore tidal turbines' ... but almost 1,000 miles
away from the North of Scotland.
It is stating that it aims to create 1,000 jobs in manufacturing tidal
turbines on the French coast of the English Channel, with 100 high-tech
'horizontal hydro' devices being fabricated there each year from 2018
The new owner of Open Hydro, the unique 'polo-mint' devices for
generating electricity from fast-flowing sea currents, has a 50% stake
in one of the four seabed licences granted in the Firth by the Crown in
2010, with Perth-based Scottish & Southern Energy's renewables
subsidiary holding the other half of the concession, which lies seven
miles across the water from Gills Bay on Caithness's North coast.
benefits of offshore wind operations
A group of Caithness and Sutherland businesses, including Wick Harbour
Authority and Scrabster Harbour Trust, have travelled to Suffolk to
look in detail at the services and facilities offered at the extensive
offshore wind operations base which has been established there.
The visit to Lowestoft was funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise
(HIE) as part of a learning journey as Caithness continues to position
itself to become a key base for offshore wind developments.
Another 26 photos of Commercial Vehicles on Caithness added to the
growing gallery. If any business would like a photo of the business
vehcile added to the gallery just email photos to email@example.com.
To See from the start of the General Vehicles section go HERE
We are on the look out for any photos of older vehicles that
used to be operating in Caithness and would be happy to add these also
to other sections.
puts the Allan
Parkers in a pickle
WICK missed the chance to hold onto their top table spot, albeit
jointly with Brora, but to be honest they didn’t really look like
matching the Dudgeon Park outfit in the league table, on this display
against the league champions and slipped to second place.
It was only a superb, 71 first-minute rocket from all of 30 yards out,
from Jamie Pickles which - as it turned out - saved the Scorries bacon,
Cove equalising in the final phase.
The wet and windy weather in the morning gave way to bright sunshine in
the afternoon but Wick was unable to turn up the heat on a slicker side
that always looked dangerous on the break, but couldn’t capitalise on
it, in the final third... until their crucial goal late-on.....full
firm K P Technology led by Prof. Ian Baikie once again gained a
prestigious Queens Award for International Trade. Professor Baikies
leading edge measurement systems working at the nano level have been
sold around the world. For information about the Kelvin Probes they
make and distribute go to the K P Techniology web
34 Motorists Fined For
Speeding Near Schools
Police in Highland and Islands report numbers of speeding motorists
detected around region’s schools in recent initiative.
Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division targeted speeding
motorists around areas of restricted speed limits close to schools for
the first fortnight after returning from the summer holidays, in order
to ensure the safety of all school attendees and encourage motorists to
drive at lesser speeds.
The division-wide initiative saw a total of 34 motorists being issued
with a Fixed Penalty Notice or reported to the Procurator Fiscal for
speeding offences close to primary and secondary schools in the region,
where 20mph restrictions are in place, during the two week period
(20-30 August 2013).
Joint Ward Forum open To
The Public - Monday 9th September
The main topic for the joint ward forum will be presentations regarding
the newly formed police and fire services for Scotland. Consultations
are ongoing through September and October. Following the presentations
the normal ward forum business will be conducted.
6 September 2013
PPP End Of Summer Dance
With Doun Major
Friday 20th September we will be working in partnership with DOON MAJOR
to bring you 'An end of Summer Dance' here at the
centre. Dance tickets are £8. Telford's Cafe will also have a
limited number of Dinner & dance tickets available at a cost of
£20 which includes a 2 course meal plus your dance ticket. The meals
will be available between 6pm-8pm. A fully licensed bar will
be available from 6pm onwards. Tickets are available from the centre
now. Don't miss out!
Subsea 7 invests in
pipeline fabrication site
7, a global leader in seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and
services to the offshore energy industry, is investing over £5.5million
in refurbishing its pipeline Bundle fabrication site at Wick,
Established in 1978, the fabrication site is located six miles north of
Wick, Caithness in the North of Scotland. This unique site runs 7.8km
inland, covering a total area in excess of 300,000m2 and has a
sheltered bay in which to launch the pipeline bundles.
The refurbishment programme is set to be carried out in two phases and
includes new state-of-the-art equipment for five firing lines, a 230m
extension to the main fabrication shop and a new office and welfare
complex at the landward end of the facility. The first phase which
began in 2012 is now complete with the second phase of refurbishment
scheduled for completion in 2014.
4 September 2013
Rush.dance kids At UDO World
Street dance Championships
kids have just competed at the UDO World Street dance championships in
Our kids had qualified earlier in the year to compete at the worlds
championships, at the UDO Scottish championships in Motherwell. The UDO
world championships was the biggest so far over the last 7 years with
16 countries competing and over 6000 kids taking part in the SECC. Over
the weekend 23rd,24th and 25th August there was Solo’s, Duo’s, Quads,
Crews and different style Battles.
Videos for Businesses In
If you are in business then you maybe need some ideas on how to expand
or increase your trade. We have linked a few interesting
videos in our business pages made by UHI and for tourism from
Interface. If you have never seen any of them they may assist
your thinking about your business and if you click through you wil find
more informative videos at both sites on Youtube and on their
Council to press for exemption
from spare room subsidy provisions
The Highland Council is to write to Highland MPs to seek their support
for a change to the spare room subsidy which would see all communities
with a population of 3,000 or less excluded from the provisions in
recognition of the absence of the appropriate housing stock to
accommodate tenants who wish to move to a smaller house.
New Chief Executive Of Highland
Council Takes Up Job
Highland Council’s new Chief Executive, Steve Barron, took over at the
helm of the organisation on Monday 2nd September 2013.
He replaces Alistair Dodds, who has retired after 22 years with the
Council, the last six as Chief Executive.
He said: “There are tremendous opportunities ahead for the people of
the Highlands and the main challenge of my job is to make sure we
capitalise on these opportunities. There is nowhere else I’d rather