Recycling and refuse collection arrangements over the Christmas Holidays. With the 2012 festivities almost upon us, The Highland Council is advising households not to get snowed under with waste but to take advantage of all the recycling opportunities available over the Christmas holidays.
Scots are being urged to make sure moss in festive wreaths has been legally and ethically sourced this Christmas. In the past, large quantities of moss have been illegally harvested from the wild and sold for wreaths and hanging baskets.
As Christmas approaches, and presents lie under the tree, Scottish Water is reminding customers to be vigilant and follow our 3 C’s advice to help stop bogus callers. Bogus callers often prey on householders at this time of the year, including the vulnerable and elderly.
A burst pipe can cause serious damage to your home’s structure and electrical wiring. The following steps describe what you should do as soon as you discover a burst pipe: Turn off the main water supply stop cock – you should find this under the kitchen sink or where the service pipe enters your home Drain the system – turn on all your cold taps Turn off water heating systems Turn off the electrics Call a professional to repair the water damage Please also note: If water has been leaking through for some time and the ceilings are bulging – be careful, rooms may not be safe to enter.
During a prolonged cold spell there may be an increased risk from fire due to the use of heaters, open fire and wood burning stoves which haven’t been used recently or are not properly maintained. It is a busy time for the Fire Service with 5000 fires caused by faulty electric blankets and around 12000 chimney fires each year in the UK.
The Highland Council is leading the way in Scotland in improving the quality of life for children in the early years, for older people, and for those struggling with deprivation. The Programme for the Highland Council includes the commitment to allocate £3million each year on measures aimed at preventing problems from developing and requiring spending at a later time.
The Highland Council and High Life Highland are seeking to recruit two Directors to the Board of High Life Highland who can provide strategic direction and governance to the company and expert advice and support to its management team. High Life Highland (HLH) is a charity registered in Scotland and a company, Limited by Guarantee, wholly owned by The Highland Council.
Scottish Canals urges everyone to take care whilst visiting the Scottish canals this Winter in particular whilst they are frozen over. No one should walk on frozen waters under any circumstances no matter how tempting this may be.
Householders reminded of recycling service for electrical items that have lost their spark With Christmas coming householders are being given a timely reminder that they can recycle all their old electrical items at their local recycling centre. Waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling (WEEE) has been available at all of the Council’s recycling centres since the start of 2010.
As we approach 2013, nearly five years on from the start of the “Credit Crunch” of 2008, households in the Highlands and Islands Region continue to face many financial challenges. There are challenges for both borrowers and savers in equal measure; whether it is the saver who has seen interest paid on savings being slashed, or the borrower who can no longer access credit from their Bank.
More than 2,200 old, cold properties across Scotland are to be transformed into warm, environmentally friendly homes which are easier and cheaper to heat. New Scottish Government investment of £3.5 million has been allocated to 19 projects across Scotland, for the installation of energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing and central heating in older homes.
Youth organisations will receive a CashBack Christmas present of £1.5 million, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced today. The first tranche of £5.6 million seized by the Crown from Abbot Group Limited under the Proceeds of Crime Act will go to a consortium of six national youth organisations led by Youth Scotland.
Around 65 staff in The Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service have recently completed a training programme aimed at encouraging generic leadership skills. Hugh Fraser, Highland Council’s Director of Education, Culture and Sport Service welcomed participants to a presentation day held in Milton of Leys School, Inverness on Saturday 8 December.
The Caithness Countryside Volunteers spent last Sunday morning building bird boxes at their last event of the year. A total of 14 standard bird boxes were built at Seadrift, The Highland Councils wildlife centre at Dunnet Bay.
The Highland Council has written to all community councils to let them know that assistance will be available to any communities who wish to help clear snow and ice from local footpaths. Following bad weather last winter a number of Community Councils approached the council to enquire about taking action in their own areas to clear snow and ice from footpaths as and when needed.
Head of Northern Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit has expressed disappointment at the 13 drivers who chose to put their own and the lives of others at risk by drink driving despite numerous warnings. The 13 were detected by Police during week one of the 2012/13 ACPOS Festive Safety Campaign, which focuses primarily on drink and drug driving.
With the arrival of lower temperatures and snow across Scotland, Scottish Water is reminding householders and businesses to ensure that their properties are protected and prepared for the winter. Communities throughout the country are being urged to follow Scottish Water’s winter code.
Nominations open for Scottish Education Awards 2013. The search has started for the Highlands’ brightest education stars as local people are called upon to nominate top teaching professionals and schools in the area for recognition at the Scottish Education Awards 2013.
Shoppers were greeted today with a wide range of delightful Christmas songs by the members of the Caithness and North Sutherland Children's Choir. The songs ranged from Christmas Carols to popular songs from tv and film all with an appropriate seasonal theme.
With the onset of wintry conditions, The Highland Council has launched a new school closure page on its website to supplement its school closures telephone information service. School Closures Online is prominently featured on the home page of the Council’s web site www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosuresonline to advise parents and pupils if local schools have been closed due to adverse weather conditions.