Deadline fast approaching for the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan
The consultation on the first stage of preparing the Local Development Plan for the Inner Moray Firth area is drawing to a close, with the deadline for submissions at 5 pm on Friday (6 July). The consultation document, known as the Main Issues Report, asks for people's thoughts on where future development should and should not be located across the Inner Moray Firth area which stretches from Tain in the North to Fort Augustus in the South and Auldearn in the East to Garve in the West.
The consultation on the Main Issues Report began on 5 April 2012 and 35 events have been hosted by the Planning and Development Service over the past three months to ask people where they think their community should develop over the next 20 years. More than 1,000 people have attended these events and given their views in person. The Council is now urging those wishing to submit written comments to do so by the deadline of 5pm on Friday.
Councillor Thomas Prag, Chairman of the Council's Planning, Environment and Development Committee said: "I'm often told that planners don't ask people what they think, don't listen properly and that we don't get the infrastructure right. This time we have been out and about all over the area and done as much as we can to get folk to engage with the ideas in the plan.
"The views of the community, developers and landowners are key to enable us to have a plan in place to help deliver, houses, jobs, community facilities and all of the infrastructure such as new roads and schools. So please don't miss your chance to make your views known - which sites should be developed, which sites should be safeguarded from development and what infrastructure is needed to make these developments happen."
The public can view the Main Issues Report and find out how to make comments online at: http://www.highland.gov.uk/yourenvironment/planning/consultations.htm
or in all Council Libraries, Service Points and area Planning Offices.
The consultation on the draft Developer Contributions: Supplementary Guidance and the Public Art Strategy: Supplementary Guidance also comes to a close this Friday. These documents can be viewed across The Highland Council area in Libraries, Service Points and area Planning Offices as well as online at:
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today broke the ground on the new £48.5 million Wick Community Campus. The facility, which will replace Wick High School, Pulteneytown Academy Primary School, and South Primary School, is part of Scotland's Schools for the Future programme and will receive more than £17 million from the Scottish Government.
The main construction contract for the new £15.4M Noss Primary School in Wick has been signed. The site, on the existing North Primary School campus, is already cleared and ready for the foundation work to begin.
New rules that apply to business activities in an off-premises contract, such online sales, mail order, telephone sales and agreements made in a consumer's home came into force on 13th June 2014. These new Regulations cover sales of goods and digital content and the supply of services and may affect a large proportion of Highland businesses involved home improvements, gardening and trades like plumbing, electrical, joinery, and painting as well as those Highland based businesses who regularly sell goods and services online by telephone or by mail order.
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Ruth Cleland, currently Strategic Engagement Manager with Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been appointed as Corporate Communications Manager with The Highland Council. Ruth was, from April 2008 to October 2014, Head of Communications with Northern Constabulary and before that held the roles of Head of Internal Communications with NHS Highland (2005- 2009) and Public Relations and Communications Manager with the Highland Acute Hospitals Trust (1999-2005).
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Highland Councillors have approved £20,000 funding towards the appointment of a Project Manager to spearhead the establishment of a Highland Science Academy on the new Inverness Campus at Beechwood. The new post will be responsible for taking forward an action plan to progress the Science Academy project over a 2 year period.
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