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Highland MSP Mary Scanlon Seeks
Help For "trapped" victims of violence"
Mary Scanlon MSP has highlighted the figures in The Scottish
Executive's National Strategy on Preventing Domestic Abuse which
worryingly point out that in 50% of domestic abuse cases recorded, the
victims had previously been the victim in another recorded incident.
Speaking in the Executive Debate to mark the International day to
Eradicate Violence Against Women, 25th November, Mary commented that these
figures indicate that victims are finding themselves trapped in abusive
circumstances, and the abusers are not addressing their behaviour or,
indeed, getting the support needed to change their behaviour and move away
from physical abuse.
Highland MSP Maureen MacMillan Still
Fighting To Retain Fire Control Centre In Inverness
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Maureen Macmillan has questioned the
Deputy Minister for Justice Hugh Henry on how the Scottish Executive will
respond to the recent consultation on fire control rooms in Scotland. The
report by consultants Mott MacDonald recommended that the existing eight
fire brigade control rooms in Scotland be reduced in number to one, two or
28 November 04
Thurso Community Council Wins Award For
Environment At Calor Scottish Community of the Year Awards
Pulteneytown People's Project receives commended awards at Calor Scottish
Community of the Year Awards
Thurso Community Council has won the Environment category of the Calor
Scottish Community of the Year Awards 2004, at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
Representatives of the Community received the award from HRH The Prince
Charles, Duke of Rothesay, at the event held at the Edinburgh
International Conference Centre (EICC).
Commenting on Thurso's success, Gavin Tomlinson, Calor Scottish Community
of the Year Manager said, "Thurso is a geographically remote community
which has demonstrated tremendous self-reliance and community leadership.
Pulteneytown People's Project from Wick have been commended in the
Business, Young People and Community Life categories of the Calor Scottish
Community of the Year Awards 2004, at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
From NHS Highland
WORKING TOGETHER TO PLAN FOR THE
Does Your Group Need Transport - NHS May Supply It
You may have read in the media recently that a national, independent
group has been established to look at the future shape of the NHS in
Scotland. In December, the ‘Kerr Group’ will be travelling round the
country, holding a series of regional meetings, at which they want to meet
with the public and professionals and take their views to help them draw
up a national framework to guide future decisions on vital services. A
newsletter from the National Planning Team is enclosed, which gives you
some further information. The meetings are being led by the
Scottish Executive but, as a Board area, we have been asked to host such a
meeting. Highland’s meeting is to take place on Thursday, 2nd December
2004 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Drumossie Hotel, Old Perth Road, Inverness.
Professor David Bellamy
Talks Wind Farms
Rob Gibson SNP MSP Urges Caution
A Public Meeting Tuesday 23 November 2004 - 7.30pm
Thurso High School
Professor David Bellamy OBE look set to have a big audience as he
steps into the controversy surrounding wind farms in Caithness.
Professor Bellamy will be accompanied by advocate Bob Graham who will make
a presentation. A Question and Answer session will be chaired by
John Thurso MP. The session will pose questions for speakers across
a spectrum of opinion. The Caithness Wind Farms Information Forum
believes this will be an excellent opportunity for for this widely debated
subject to be addressed at a local level.
MSP Rob Gibson Takes Issue with David Bellamy's Views
SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands
Rob Gibson has warned people in Caithness to beware the words of botanist
David Bellamy when he visits Thurso next week.
Wedding Fayre Sataturday 13 and Sunday 14 November 12.00 - 5.00pm
This weekend the Seaview Hotel in John O' Groats hosts a wedding fayre
being put on by local woman Anne Baker, who's company Tickety Boo designs
and makes customised bridal wear. She will have many of her creations on
display and will be on hand to discuss details with brides to be.
DOUNREAY’S 1000th APPRENTICE TELLS FIRST MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL
1000th engineering apprentice at Dounreay was introduced to First Minister
Jack McConnell today and told him: “The skills I’m learning can become
Scotland’s newest export to the world.” Gary Davidson (18) from Wick
was speaking at the annual UKAEA apprentice-giving ceremony at the
Pentland Hotel, Thurso, where the First Minister was the guest of honour.
He visited Dounreay afterwards to see Scotland’s largest nuclear
HIGHLAND MSP VISITS INVERNESS FIRE
BRIGADE CONTROL ROOM
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Maureen Macmillan visited Inverness
Fire Station to meet with the Firemaster and control room staff. A review
of Fire Brigade control rooms in Scotland may result in the present eight
being reduced to one, two or three. Mrs Macmillan is strongly in favour of
the retention of the Inverness fire brigade control room, which could be
achieved within the three control room option.
Highland MSP supports pensioners in
older people debate.
Mary Scanlon MSP today said that any pensions debate is a far more
complex issue than simply stating that there should be a rise in pensions.
Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Mary said; "Help the Aged state that
'means testing creates a complex and bureaucratic system with 145,000
pensioners in Scotland who are entitled to pension credit not receiving
it.' She further commented; 'many pensioners with moderate incomes
still feel they are little better off than those who never saved, stating
that means testing could also dis-incentivise saving for young people.
GIBSON CALLS FOR TRADITIONAL
MUSIC TUTION TO BE EXTENDED
The tuition of traditional music in schools through the Youth Music
Initiative should be available in the mainstream curriculum to every child
in Scotland, says Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson.
The initiative is a scheme set up by the Scottish Executive with the aim
by 2006 that every primary child in Scotland should have access to at
least one year's free music tuition. The SNP MSP's comments follow his
visit to Dunbeath Primary School in Caithness On Friday Morning (5/11/04),
where piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie and guitarist/bassist Barry
Reid led the second of four music sessions for the children there.
National Strike Hits Government Offices In Wick
Civil servants were on strike in Caithness today joining in a national
strike at the threat to up to 100,000 jobs . In Wick that might mean
25 jobs going in the Department of Work and Pensions alone. The
benefits office in Thurso looks certain to close. Some of the jobs
might transfer to Inverness where a new call certain is being proposed to
deal with much of the social security enquiries.
DOUNREAY’S 50TH BRINGS
£50, 000 WINDFALL FOR COMMUNITY REGENERATION
An award-winning community regeneration project in Wick is to benefit
from a package of measures worth more than £50,000 in the same year that
Dounreay celebrates its 50th birthday. UKAEA is making available
£50,000 through its partnership with the British Trust for Conservation
Volunteers to support local projects. UKAEA will also provide a team
of staff for a day to help carry out some of the work. In addition,
UKAEA has agreed to support a number of other initiatives being
spearheaded by Pulteneytown Peoples Project. These include the donation of
an outdoor storage facility, sports equipment for the local primary school
and the services of a project manager to help bring plans for a skateboard
park to fruition.
Gibson calls on underspend to be spent on
relieving development constraints
Having visited the major Caithness water treatment plant Rob Gibson,
SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands described the new plant at Halkirk as a
shining example of what should be on offer to all Scottish Water
GIBSON CALLS FOR NEW APPROACH TO HOUSING
SNP MSP For
the Highlands and Islands Rob Gibson has lodged a parliamentary motion
calling for more eco-friendly homes and businesses to be built throughout
Scotland. His motion highlights
the success of Danish artist Lotte Globes environmentally-friendly house
(situated on the shore of Loch Eriboll Sutherland) that made the final
shortlist of last weeks Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland
competition for Scotland's best building.
HIGHLANDERS URGED TO
STAND FOR THEIR RIGHTS
TO ACCESS THE COUNTRYSIDE
People in the Highlands with an interest in public access rights to
the countryside are being invited to stand as representatives on Local
Access Forums. Six forums are currently being established by The
Highland Council in Caithness, Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Inverness/Nairn/Badenoch
and Strathspey, Lochaber, and Skye and Lochalsh. The forums are
being set up by the Council in order to meet the statutory duties of the
Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Each forum, of up to 12 members, will
operate in a local advisory capacity to the Council on matters relating to
the exercise of public access rights in the countryside.
1 November 04
SCOTLAND'S FIRST EUROPEAN GEOPARK AWARDED
North West of the Highlands is the first
area of Scotland to be awarded
UNESCO-endorsed European Geopark status
following an announcement made this morning
in Sicily during the European Geoparks
Networks annual meeting. Geopark status has
been awarded to the area which encompasses
parts of Wester Ross and the whole of North
West Sutherland on the basis of its
outstanding geology and landscape, the
strength of its partnership approach to
sustainable economic development and its
existing geological interpretation
facilities. Stretching from Coigach in
Wester Ross to Cape Wrath and Loch Eriboll
in the north, this 2000 square km area takes
in some of the finest mountain and coastal
landscapes in Britain and contains a wealth
of classic geological localities.