Friday, 18 November 2011
From THC web page here
At today’s meeting of The Highland Council’s TEC Services Committee, Members had an early opportunity to discuss the Scottish Government consultation on rail services that was announced two days ago.
Although a full response to the 80 page consultation will be considered by the TECS Committee in January, the chairman, Councillor John Laing, welcomed the opportunity today to raise this important issue for the Highlands with members.
He said: “As a section of the consultation directly relates to the current Caledonian Sleeper service which operates to Inverness and Fort William I felt it was important that we give a clear message to Highland communities that we are on the case. Between now and the closing date we will have an in-depth look at all the current Highland rail services and take the time to prepare a very full and well thought out measured response which will aim to protect and enhance the rail services in the Highlands.”
The detailed response to the consultation will be presented to Members on the TECs Committee on 19 January and then forwarded to the Scottish Government before the closing date of the 20 February.
From Transport Scotland web page here
Rail 2014 - Public Consultation
From THC web page here
An exhibition on the findings of the works carried out by The Highland Council and partners following the recent flooding incidents on the east side of Inverness will be on display in advance of a public meeting to be held on Thursday 24 November 2011 at Culloden Academy, Inverness.
The exhibition and displays will be open from 6:30pm and the public meeting starts at 7:30pm.
Representatives from the Council’s TEC Services, and Planning and Development Service; Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA); Northern Constabulary; Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service; Forestry Commission (Scotland), Scottish Flood Forum, and Scottish Water will be in attendance at the meeting on the 24 November.
An update will be given on the work being carried out by the Council’s flood team and JBA consultants who have been appointed by the Highland Council to undertake a detailed study of the underlying causes of the flooding.
Neil Gillies, Director of TEC Services, will also give an update on the measures which are being considered to reduce the risk of future flooding.
Further information on planning matters, including progress with new Council advice on how better to assess and mitigate the link between new building and flooding, will be provided by Stuart Black, Director of Planning and Development.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Stuart Black, Director of Planning and Development at Highland Council will deliver the first UHI public lecture
Stuart Black, Director of Planning and Development at Highland Council will deliver the first UHI public lecture under the “Our Business” category and will focus on the various planning issues in the highlands.
Stuart is a long term supporter of the University of the Highlands and Islands and the UHI Management School and has recently served on its external stakeholder group helping take forward and shape the plans for the school as it establishes itself as part of the Scotland's newest University.
To book a place at this FREE lecture or to enquire about video-conference links in your area, please contact our events team on tel: 01463 279344 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Community Councils in the Highlands which will disband from Wednesday 16 November as the result of not attracting sufficient nominations at recent elections are to get another chance to form a Community Council.
All have been contacted by The Highland Council to advise them that a notice of election seeking nominations will be published on Monday 21 November. The deadline for nominations is 4 pm on Friday 9 December.
The Community Councils which will disband on 16 November are Ward 1: Lairg; Tongue; Ward 3: Bower; Ward 6: Gairloch; Ward 8: Fearn; Ward 11: Broadford and Strath; Dunvegan; Raasay; Sleat; Skeabost and District; Ward 15: Merkinch; Ward 19: East Nairnshire; Ward 20: Inverness South: Ward 21: Laggan Community Association; Ward 22: Nether Lochaber, Glencoe and Glen Etive.
Community Councils at Caol, Inverness Central and Glendale (Skye) had already been in abeyance prior to the recent elections. Attempts will be made to reform these councils.
Full item here
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Hundreds of people gathered outside the presidential palace in Rome to witness the end of Mr Berlusconi's 17-year domination of Italian politics.
The 75-year-old and his family have built a fortune estimated at $9bn (£5.6bn) by US business magazine Forbes.
His business acumen - with an empire spanning media, advertising, insurance, food and construction - was sufficient evidence for many Italians of his ability to run their country too.
But since he took power again in 2008 the economy has come under increasing strain, dogged by slow growth and a national debt of 1.9tn euros (£1.7tn; $2.6tn).
How could one person dominate for so long a country on its knees on the verge of dragging others down with it? Why do systems allow this? Why do we as voters allow this? The exposure of our banks to Italian debt is some 60 billion - or so I understand?
Is there a moral here?