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26 September 2017Get extra support during power cuts

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks offer a Priority Service for those who need it most.  More information and a registration form can be found by following the attached link.

SSEN Priority Services

20 September 2017Review of debt advice and related services

At the meeting of The Highland Council on 9 March 2017, elected members agreed to undertake a review of debt advice and related services.

The Council’s Welfare Support Team delivers welfare advice and support, eg income maximisation, across the Highlands.  This includes undertaking home visits for the most vulnerable and for those who are unable to attend a local office setting.  The Council also contracts each of the eight Citizens Advice Bureau in Highland to deliver the following types of advice:


-          Debt advice (also referred to as money advice)

-          Housing advice (eg to assist with tenancy disputes)

-          Benefits advice (eg means-tested and other entitlements)

-          Employment Rights Advice (eg disputes with employers)


The budget for the above services is around £1.75m per annum.


An integral part of the advice review is to consult with stakeholders.  I would like to invite you to participate in this review and shall be most grateful if you will arrange for the link to the below survey to be circulated. 

Responses should be emailed to welfare&benefits.policy@highland.gov.uk or by post to Benefits & Welfare Manager, The Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your valuable participation.


Sheila McKandie

Benefits & Welfare Manager


20 September 2017Struggling with fuel bills?

                                          Struggling with fuel bills?


SSE Customer?

Are you on benefits or in receipt of Free School Meals?


If yes, you may be eligible for a

£140 one-off discount.  


Information and Application Forms are available at: sse.co.uk/help/accessibility/warm-home-discount



Find out more from the Council’s Welfare Support Team by e-mailing:

welfare.support@highland.gov.uk       or on Freephone 0800 090 1004

20 September 2017Knocknagael – Tomatin Overhead Line

The application under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 for the Knocknagael to Tomatin overhead transmission line project has now been determined and we welcome the decision by the Scottish Government to approve our application. In our application for consent we identified and committed to environmental mitigation and a detailed environmental management plan which will ensure construction impacts are minimised. We will now  prepare for the construction phase and are fully committed to keeping the local community and other interested parties updated as the project progresses.

Please find attached determination and notice of decision.

An updated Construction Traffic Management Plan (01 CTMP including Appendix 1 and 2 - attached) has now been re-submitted to The Highland Council due to the change in location of the Contractors site offices.  The new location is; MSVE Site Compound Office B851, Milton of Farr, Farr, Inverness, Scotland, IV2 6XB   E.268572 N.832592

Contracts for the Overhead Line works are due to be signed on Monday 18 September and our Contractor will begin mobilisation (setting up their site offices) from this date.  Following site office set-up, the first works to commence are the access points of the public road – the details of which can be found in the attached documents (02 CTMP Appendix 3a, 03 CTMP Appendix 3b and 04 CTMP Appendix 3c).  The programme for the Public Road Improvement (PRI) works is also attached (this programme is subject to change but we’ll let you know of any changes). 

Following discussions from the last Community Council meeting and as a result of the concerns relating to the B851, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission and The Highland Council are reviewing the locations of the Public Road Improvement works.  Following the review, our intention is to allocate funds to improvement works on the B851 – the location and details are still to be agreed with The Highland Council and a further meeting has been arranged to take place on Tuesday 19 September. 

Please see attached Outdoor Access Plan – this document has been produced in response to a pre-commencement condition recommended by The Highland Council ( THC ) to demonstrate how public access will be maintained and managed during construction, in accordance with the Land Reform ( Scotland ) Act 2003. The Outdoor Access Plan has been approved by THC. 

The Construction Traffic Management Plan ( CTMP ) outlines information regarding project description, construction process, construction traffic routes and traffic generation details.  The Construction Traffic Management Plan has been submitted to THC although we are awaiting their response in relation to this.

The attachments are mostly maps and drawings showing access roads and the like. It is a fairly large chunk of information and takes several hours to read through and understand.  It is required reading if you want to understand what is going to happen so I think that it should all go onto the SNCC web page.









29 August 2017Upcoming Flu Vaccine Clinics

Foyers Medical Centre Open Flu Clinics, Tuesday 3rd October
9am till 1pm - 2pm till 5.30pm

If you are over 65, or fall into one of the at risk categories, please come along for your flu vaccine,
No appointment necessary.
More information available on our website  http://www.foyersmendicalcentre.co.uk


27 July 2017Inverarnie & Farr Village improvement scheme - Update

Attached is a recent update from Colin Ross, Engineer for The Highland Council, on the proposed road improvements for Farr and Inverarnie.


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