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CLIMATE CHANGE: 'For once, everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet'

31 July 2022
CLIMATE CHANGE: 'For once, everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet'

CLIMATE CHANGE: 'For once, everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet'

31 July 2022

Highland Council is ramping up its commitments to achieving net zero with a dedicated climate change committee.


Council tries again to secure NC500 improvements – with Ross-shire projects in the frame

13 July 2022
Council tries again to secure NC500 improvements – with Ross-shire projects in the frame

Council tries again to secure NC500 improvements – with Ross-shire projects in the frame

13 July 2022

The council previously lost out on investment to fund road improvements along the west coast of the NC500.


Difficult decisions ahead says council official despite budget underspend

30 June 2022
Difficult decisions ahead says council official despite budget underspend

Difficult decisions ahead says council official despite budget underspend

30 June 2022

Highland Council’s accounts show a £9 million underspend and healthy reserves.


Taxi operators back fares' rise as fuel price hikes hit bottom line

17 June 2022
Taxi operators back fares' rise as fuel price hikes hit bottom line

Taxi operators back fares' rise as fuel price hikes hit bottom line

17 June 2022

Taxi operators have asked Highland Council to urgently review their fares amid concerns over fuel prices.


Roles for Ross-shire councillors in Highland Council committees as carve-up of posts agreed

09 June 2022
Roles for Ross-shire councillors in Highland Council committees as carve-up of posts agreed

Roles for Ross-shire councillors in Highland Council committees as carve-up of posts agreed

09 June 2022

Ross-shire councillors stake claim to a number of posts within Highland Council's new set-up after the recent election.


Highland Council set to agree senior councillors’ salaries following national pay rise

08 June 2022
Highland Council set to agree senior councillors’ salaries following national pay rise

Highland Council set to agree senior councillors’ salaries following national pay rise

08 June 2022

The cost of Highland Council’s most senior members looks set to increase by 15 per cent.


"The wolves will survive at all costs" as Highland Council takes shape

03 June 2022
"The wolves will survive at all costs" as Highland Council takes shape

"The wolves will survive at all costs" as Highland Council takes shape

03 June 2022

Rebel members have likened the new Highland Council coalition to a pack of terriers in with the wolves.


Newly-elected member tells Highland Council it must do more to support working-age councillors

02 June 2022
Newly-elected member tells Highland Council it must do more to support working-age councillors

Newly-elected member tells Highland Council it must do more to support working-age councillors

02 June 2022

Councillor David Gregg made the comments at the first meeting of the new Highland Council.


New Ross-shire representative will 'hold the council’s feet to the fire' over top priorities

12 May 2022
New Ross-shire representative will 'hold the council’s feet to the fire' over top priorities

New Ross-shire representative will 'hold the council’s feet to the fire' over top priorities

12 May 2022

Cllr Patrick Logue (28) says he is delighted to get the chance to represent his area of Ross-shire on Highland Council – and has immediate plans.


Search for a Highland Council coalition begins amid mounting to-do list for class of 2022

07 May 2022
Search for a Highland Council coalition begins amid mounting to-do list for class of 2022

Search for a Highland Council coalition begins amid mounting to-do list for class of 2022

07 May 2022

Plenty on to to-do list for the new batch of Highland councillors after the dust settles on yesterday's election.


HIGHLAND COUNCIL ELECTION: Waiting game as candidates ponder weeks of campaign and voters give their verdict

05 May 2022
HIGHLAND COUNCIL ELECTION: Waiting game as candidates ponder weeks of campaign and voters give their verdict

HIGHLAND COUNCIL ELECTION: Waiting game as candidates ponder weeks of campaign and voters give their verdict

05 May 2022

After weeks of pavement pounding, door knocking and public debating, it all comes down to today.


Easter Ross school 3-18 school campus go-ahead welcomed

26 April 2022
Easter Ross school 3-18 school campus go-ahead welcomed

Easter Ross school 3-18 school campus go-ahead welcomed

26 April 2022

The go-ahead for the long-awaited project was welcomed – but grievances remain over the absence of a swimming pool.


Tain super-school up for planning go-ahead

21 April 2022
Tain super-school up for planning go-ahead

Tain super-school up for planning go-ahead

21 April 2022

Tain’s long-awaited community campus is up for planning permission next week – and it’s flying the flag for outdoor learning.


Change is on the cards for Black Isle

17 April 2022
Change is on the cards for Black Isle

Change is on the cards for Black Isle

17 April 2022

None of the Black Isle's three incumbent councillors are seeking election this time round.


Highland capital retail park extension bid refused over fears about impact on city centre shops

22 March 2022
Highland capital retail park extension bid refused over fears about impact on city centre shops

Highland capital retail park extension bid refused over fears about impact on city centre shops

22 March 2022

Highland Council warned that the Inshes retail expansion could cost the city centre £3.8m a year in lost revenues.


Avoch housing scheme go-ahead despite Black Isle road safety concerns

17 March 2022
Avoch housing scheme go-ahead despite Black Isle road safety concerns

Avoch housing scheme go-ahead despite Black Isle road safety concerns

17 March 2022

Highland Council’s north planning committee has granted approval for a major new housing development in Avoch on the Black Isle.


Dingwall Business Park bid go-ahead despite flood fears

17 March 2022
Dingwall Business Park bid go-ahead despite flood fears

Dingwall Business Park bid go-ahead despite flood fears

17 March 2022

Dingwall Business Park is at the centre of another wrangle over planning permission.


Emotions run high as Highland councillors make stance on Ukraine crisis clear

10 March 2022
Emotions run high as Highland councillors make stance on Ukraine crisis clear

Emotions run high as Highland councillors make stance on Ukraine crisis clear

10 March 2022

Emotional scenes in the council chamber as members speak out against Ukraine outrage and pledge action.


Action call on looked-after children sent outwith Highland Council area

19 February 2022
Action call on looked-after children sent outwith Highland Council area

Action call on looked-after children sent outwith Highland Council area

19 February 2022

Shocking new figures from Highland Council reveal that 18 per cent of its looked after children go into children’s homes.


‘Eden Court has to start paying its way’, says Ross-shire councillor

16 February 2022
‘Eden Court has to start paying its way’, says Ross-shire councillor

‘Eden Court has to start paying its way’, says Ross-shire councillor

16 February 2022

Highland Council and Eden Court must draw up a formal funding agreement in the next six months, according to auditors.


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