The Council offers the season's greetings to visitors to our web site. Our network of Service Points and administrative offices will be closed between 4 pm on Monday 24 December and 9 am Thursday 3 January 2013.
From us all at Caithness.org we wish you all a "Merry Christmas". Caithness.org is still evolving and new sections are under construction and its great that after 12 years the audience continues to grow.
Children at one of the smaller schools In Caithness recently held their annual Christmas concert to which friends and relatives were invited..
Christmas came early for a number of local organisations when they received cheques from from the Highland Council's Caithness Wards Discretionary Budgets. The cheques were presented by Caithness Members at a ceremony in Wick Town Hall on Monday 17th December 2012.
The Highland Council and NHS Highland are urging people to get a grip of wintry weather conditions by considering purchasing snow and ice grippers to attach to their footwear to help prevent injury from slips and falls. Highland Council has been giving assurance that salt supplies are sufficient, ready and being used to grit priority roads and footways within the resources available according to the Councilís gritting policy.
A section of the Keiss primary pupils, who treated teachers and guests to an action song renderting of the Twelve Days of Christmas, after their festive lunch, recently..
Officers from the Environmental Health Service at The Highland Council are keen to spread the Christmas food safety message this year so that everyone can enjoy their festive dinner without suffering food poisoning symptoms. It is estimated that around a million people suffer from food poisoning in the UK each year, but following some simple steps in the kitchen can help protect families and friends.
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 Cís 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 homeís 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 Ė you should find this under the kitchen sink or where the service pipe enters your home Drain the system Ė 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 Ė be careful, rooms may not be safe to enter.
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.
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.
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.
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 havenít 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.
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 Councilís recycling centres since the start of 2010.
As we approach 2013, nearly five years on from the start of the ďCredit CrunchĒ 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 Councilís Education, Culture and Sport Service have recently completed a training programme aimed at encouraging generic leadership skills. Hugh Fraser, Highland Councilís Director of Education, Culture and Sport Service welcomed participants to a presentation day held in Milton of Leys School, Inverness on Saturday 8 December.