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MARCH 24/21

WSP, who carried out the review of the A9 (North Kessock to Tore) set up by Kate Forbes MSP, have issued a report. The letter below, received by the CC, gives the link to the survey report.

A9 North Kessock to Tore Study - Update - 24 March 2021

Inbox

Michelle.Vanderstighelen@transport.gov.scot

Wed, Mar 24, 4:36 PM

to Richard.Perry

Dear Stakeholder,

 

Please find attached update in relation to the A9 North Kessock to Tore Study.

 

Kind regards,

 

Michelle Van der Stighelen
Correspondence and Briefing Officer

Trunk Road and Casualty Reduction Team | Roads Directorate

Transport Scotland | Buchanan House | 58 Port Dundas Road | Glasgow G4 0HF.

Dear Stakeholder A9 North Kessock to Tore Study Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the A9 North Kessock to Tore Initial Appraisal: Case for Change Study, undertaken in 2020. Since the stakeholder workshops took place there has been a comprehensive review and consideration of the available evidence, input submitted by stakeholders and a detailed analysis of traffic data. Our consultants, WSP, have now finalised their report and I am pleased to confirm that this is available to read in full on our website at

STAG Appraisal - Case for Change Report - March 2021 - A9 - North Kessock to Tore study (transport.gov.scot). The Report has concluded that a Case for Change has been established. We have now instructed WSP to proceed with the next stage, The Preliminary Appraisal, which will look at how the various options generated as part of the Case for Change Study can address the problems and opportunities identified. This is in line with the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance. A key element of this task will include further stakeholder engagement prior to a wider public engagement exercise to ensure that the views of road users are considered. Representatives from WSP will be in contact with you once they have completed the initial stages of the Preliminary Appraisal to advise on the stakeholder engagement arrangements involved with this next phase of the study. I hope you find this update useful and look forward to continue working with you as this study progresses. Kind regards Richard Perry Road Safety Manager

 

 

Draft Minutes of the Killearnan Community Council Meeting.

Held on April 8th at 7.30 on Microsoft Teams.

Meeting set up by secretary and chaired by Mr K Mackenzie.

Attending:

Mr. K Mackenzie, Mrs. A C Mackay, Mr. A Cameron, Mr. A Mackay, Mr A Brown, Mrs A Maclean (Cllr)

Apologies: Mr S Hudson.

Agenda: WSP “Case for Change” A9; Teams Meeting with Police, Tuesday 6th.

The WSP Report had identified most of the issues affecting motorist, pedestrian and cyclist safety on the A9 North Kessock to Tore Roundabout.

Mr Mackenzie went through the WSP’s ‘long list’ of proposals. Appendix 10

There was general agreement that a 50mph speed limit be applied as soon as possible at the Munlochy/Artefalie junction.

A further extension of a 50mph limit up to the Tore Roundabout was also desirable but it was recognised that this might face resistance from Transport Scotland. (Also a caveat from Police spokesmen).  However a 50mph limit round the roundabout itself was felt to be essential to reduce conflicts at the roundabout and improve safety at the crossing. The imminent, expected increase in tourist traffic (a consequence of Covid 19 restrictions to foreign travel) should be taken into consideration. Many of these vehicles would be newly hired campervans with drivers unaware of the hazards on the A9 north of the Kessock Bridge – to Tore.

Longer term measures KCC considers likely to improve road safety include:

 the introduction of  lighting at the Junction; traffic lights at the Junction and the roundabout and  controls at the pedestrian crossing;

the extension of the slip-roads on both the South bound and North bound carriageways at the Junction.

KCC is opposed to  ‘meantime’ measures at the Junction which, by causing more traffic to use the Tore roundabout, would increase the hazards to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists at the roundabout.  The A832 through Tore village, passing a heavy goods vehicle petrol station, garage and café, is clearly not a suitable route for increasing numbers of commuters from Munlochy, Avoch, Fortrose, Rosemarkie and Cromarty. 

The hazard on the A835 at the turn off to Tore Primary School needs to be addressed as does the speed of vehicles leaving the roundabout onto the A835 and the A832.

The speed of traffic leaving the roundabout on the Southbound carriageway and approaching the crossing remains a danger especially to pupils who travel on the Fortrose Academy school bus.

The poor quality of the B9161 leading from the Junction towards Munlochy was commented on as was the continued congestion in Munlochy High Street. 

 The WSP LIST includes an outdated suggestion for a  ‘Bus Park' at Tore. The latest MFLD Plan has recognised that Tore is a most unsuitable location, considering the present road layout and the conflicts associated with the HGV Garage. MFLDP proposes a Bus Park at North Kessock.

Some of the listed suggestions, such as redefining road markings, extra signage etc,   were thought to be only marginally effective in mitigating the serious hazards on the A9 through Killearnan.

Overall, the meeting felt that the status quo was no longer acceptable and that major improvement was long overdue. The MFLDP ‘moratorium’ on further major housing development in the Black Isle, pending improvements to the road infrastructure, is welcomed as it reflects a true recognition of the urgent need for action.  A new roundabout, encompassing the Artefalie, Munlochy and Craig Rory exits and entrances, members feel, is the optimum long term solution regarding an increasingly dangerous junction.

The meeting agreed that KCC be a signature to Cllr Adam’s proposed letter to WSP and Transport Scotland but felt strongly that the text should also include KCC’s specific concerns about the roundabout, the crossing and the exit onto the A835. Members plan to review the draft letter, add their comments and email these to the secretary who will pass them on to Cllr Adam.

Meeting ended at 8.30pm

 

 

PANDEMIC UPdates February 25th

 

KCC asked the Education Department to clarify plans to make up for the loss of face to face education and the changes to assessment procedures as a result of the pandemic emergency. Anxieties were being expressed by parents, pupils and staff. Mr Donald Paterson replied in a detailed response in the following email.

 

Many thanks for your email and for the attachment listing your concerns.  I have summarised them and provided comments below, which I hope you will find helpful.

 

P1-P3 returning to school

In this, we are guided by the Scottish Government (SG) advice about what scientific analysis shows.  A range of previously published evidence has made clear that schools are low risk environments when the appropriate mitigations and safety measures outlined in the Coronavirus: reducing risks in schools guidance are implemented, and this remains the SG judgement – there is to date no evidence that in-school transmission is a significant driver of increasing infection levels. There is also evidence about the impacts of loss of access to in-person provision on educational and developmental outcomes and the need to consider the impacts of remote learning and a phased return to in-person learning on children’s rights and wellbeing.  However, the emergence of the new variants of COVID-19 means that fully reopening schools at this time would not be consistent with a safety-first approach for children, young people and school staff.  The decision was taken nationally, therefore, to re-open schools in the safest phased manner possible, and to monitor the impact of re-opening in this way.  The next update on this will be on 9 March. 

 

Protection against Covid-19 in schools

As mentioned above, a very thorough process of risk assessment underpins all of our decisions about the phased re-opening, as it did when we re-opened after last summer.  Our Health and Safety officers engage regularly throughout the planning process and our Area Teams communicate regularly with Head Teachers about the various mitigations that need to be in place (such as use of face coverings, social distancing, movement through buildings and hand sanitising), and meet weekly with Head Teachers to reinforce the key messages.  We have also communicated with families on our Highland Council website about Covid mitigations, as have schools through their own methods of communication, including online.  We also held a question and answer session with Parent Council chairs last week.  We have approached the phased re-opening with a high level of caution, which reflects the caution expressed by the Scottish Government, whose advice we have followed to the letter.

 

Assessment of progress in SQA courses

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has been very clear that for the time being the focus of classroom teachers and departments should be on consolidating learning and that this will continue to be the case at first when young people return to school.  As you know, from this week, small numbers of Senior Phase (S4-S6) learners will be back in school carrying out practical activity essential for course completion.  Once it is safe for more Senior Phase pupils to be allowed back into school, teachers will continue the process of consolidating learning and carrying out assessment as appropriate.  Helpfully, the SQA has pushed the date for submitting provisional grades to 25 June, which gives teachers that bit longer to complete the delivery of courses and to carry out suitable assessments. The SQA as, further, extended deadline dates for course entries, which gives schools longer to decide on final entry levels.  All of this helps us to ensure that we can maximise the attainment of young people in the weeks and months ahead.

 

Young people’s mental wellbeing

You are absolutely right to identify this as a major harm of the whole pandemic, and all of our schools are very alert to the issue.  At the moment, as you know, vulnerable children and young people are able to attend school and teachers are checking in with their pupils about their wellbeing as well as their learning.  The Scottish Government has made numerous resources available to us to support the wellbeing of children and young people, including funding to support counselling, which will be very important in the time to come. Our own school teams are continuing to support wellbeing, very ably supported by our Educational Psychology and Primary Mental Health Teams.  Once we return to face to face learning, the focus on mental wellbeing will continue for as long as it takes, and we will continue to work with our wider school communities to provide the support our learners will need.

 

Addressing inequalities after the end of remote learning

We k now that remote learning has been very challenging for our children and young people, and also for their families.  Our teachers have worked incredibly hard to support home learning and our digital skills have progressed at an incredibly fast pace.  The decision some years ago by elected members to provide our children and young people with one to one devices to support digital learning meant that we were in a much better position than many Local Authorities to deliver remote learning, and we have been developing our digital connectivity throughout the pandemic by supporting families with devices and the means to connect to the internet.  We know that some learners have found the remote learning period harder to negotiate than others and once we return to face to face learning a key piece of work will be to ensure that learners in this position can catch up and flourish.  Again, this is very high on the agenda for our Head Teachers and other school staff. 

 

SQA processes for allocating grades

You are quite correct to say that in previous years the external examination process has given an objective measure of learners’ success in SQA courses.  This year our teachers are deciding the final grades for young people and we know that SQA will not be amending these grades.  As you mention, this puts our teachers and others in school under a good deal of pressure.  We have confidence in our classroom practitioners to accurately assess progress across the SQA courses and will support them through a robust process of Quality Assurance (QA), the skeleton of which has been drawn up by SQA and the detail of which we will work on with schools.  We will also work closely with other Local Authorities and with Education Scotland to ensure that our teachers’ judgements are reliable and firmly based on demonstrable evidence.  Our own QA processes will run from Easter until the delivery of provisional grades to SQA in June, and these processes will themselves bu subject to a QA process run by SQA to check that we are providing sufficient rigour.  With these processes in place, young people and their families will be able to have confidence in the accuracy of teachers’ assessment judgements.  Finally it is worth noting that SQA will put in place an appeals process, though as yet the details of this have not been finalised.

 

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to raise these issues with us.  I do hope my reply will provide you with some reassurance that all of them are a focus for our attention.  This has been a very difficult year for school pupils, families, teachers and other staff working in schools, and we will do all we can to support the process of recovery following the end of the period of remote learning.  This will be a significant undertaking and we are wholeheartedly committed to that.  Elected members, communities, schools and Highland Council officers will work together to do all we can to ensure that, as you say, the life chances of our children and young people are not harmed by long-lasting effects of the pandemic.

 

Please feel free, of course, to get back to me with any other questions or concerns.

 

Best wishes

Donald

The Black Resilience Committee continues to meet by Zoom, hosted by Cllr Gordon Adam. It is proving a useful forum for the dissemination of information and an exchange of views. The Ward Manager Di Agnew attends most meetings to give updates from the Highland Council.

Groups represented include CCs, Councillors, the Black Isle Partnership, Black Isle Cares, Transition Black Isle and residents’ associations.

 

 

 

EXTRACTS FROM THE BLACK  ISLE PARTNERSHIP NEWSLETTER

 

Kickstart new opportunities for young people.

Our colleagues might know that over the last month we have been promoting a scheme called Kickstart/Opportunistic.The name is a combination of a government scheme and a digital platform designed by Joel Thornton, a teenager, who represented Scotland in a national competition called Founders of the Future. It is a really simple platform (https://opportunistic.uk/) where all (job and personal development) opportunities for young people in a certain location are recorded. Joel is also a Young Advisor to the Liverpool Council and is very committed to enabling young people’s voices being represented in the governmental structures. We have utilised Opportunistic and focused our efforts on promoting the Kickstart programme across the Black Isle. But let's start from the beginning.

In the summer the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new scheme that finances job placements. This was to encourage businesses to employ young people and train them. All the costs of a minimum wage salary, pension contributions and National Insurance are covered, plus the business receives up to £1,800 in fees which are intended to support and train the young person over a period of six months.

From a business perspective, there is no risk: businesses can recruit as many people as they wish and there is no commitment to offer a full-time job when the scheme ends. From a young person's perspective, to be eligible they need to be on Universal Credit, which will stop once they take up a job - however, through the scheme they can earn much more money and do something they like. It is a win-win situation and we felt compelled to promote it to local businesses.

To do that we've created a list of businesses on the Black Isle and contacted them either by phone or email. The response was largely positive and after a few chats, a group of those enthusiastic about young people's chances has formed. It was clear that the 15 businesses that responded positively to create opportunities for young people were very enthusiastic. The Government has suggested that it is useful to approach the Kickstart scheme through an authorised Business Gateway. We have met with kickstartscotland (https://kickstartscotland.co.uk/) and this Gateway has answered many of our questions and concerns via an online meeting. As a result, five new jobs for young people have been created in industries as varied as sales, entertainment, accounting, training and IT. More businesses are considering joining the scheme.

Whilst building our programme we have also connected with stakeholders such as Highland Council, Jobcentre Plus, Highland Third Sector Interface, Highlands and Islands Enterprise to share best practice and learn from each other. Thanks to that collaboration, there is more support for youngsters beyond the scheme itself. This has to be a good thing in helping to provide jobs in the Black Isle for those who don't want to move away to find work.

We aim to promote the Kickstart Scheme even further through the uptake of Opportunistic and with the help of further funding. If you are a local business (that includes sole traders) and would like to give a local young person a brighter future please get in touch with us. We will attempt to answer all the questions you may have and help you through the process so that our young people start finding new ways out of the pandemic stalemate.

A proposed new link between Avoch and Munlochy

Julian Paren, Convenor, Transition Black Isle February 2021

The road from Avoch to Munlochy is one of the most well-used in the area. As well as local trips,

both drivers and cyclists use it to commute to Inverness, with others coming into the area to visit tourist sites,

shops and guest houses. Transition Black Isle (TBI) has been working to improve safety on the road –

and to make it accessible for people travelling on foot, by bike or travelling in a wheelchair, mobility scooter or

 with a pram.

In 2TBI sought an alternative solution - a dedicated cycle path that could be used by commuting and leisure cyclists,

walkers as well as parents with prams and young children, or the infirm riding mobility scooters.

TBI approached Sustrans - the national charity whose mission is to make it easier for people to walk and cycle –

 which administers a Scottish Government fund through Transport Scotland called Places for Everyone.

 Places for Everyone aims to create safe, attractive, healthier places by increasing the number of trips

 made by walking, cycling and wheeling for everyday journeys. This fund was ideal for encouraging commuters out of their cars and on to bikes for the journey from the east of the Black Isle to Inverness.

 

Sustrans approved TBI’s funding request, and AECOM were appointed as consultants. AECOM identified

two potential routes which they costed fully, and compiled a comprehensive report in September 2014.

In 2019 TBI looked again at the proposal in light of increases in both cycle and driving tourism in

the Highlands and just before cycling and outdoor leisure became more popular as a result of

 restrictions required to combat Covid-19. Highland Council was also seeking ways for climate change

 targets to be translated into activities that would reduce carbon emissions. TBI approached Sustrans,

 who agreed to fully fund the early stages of a further study with a wider brief, and Pell Frischmann (PF)

were appointed as TBI’s consultants.

PF has now completed an Options Appraisal Study that examined all conceivable routes between

 Avoch and the Munlochy War Memorial, beyond which the back road to North Kessock provides an onward route for Inverness-bound cyclists. The section from Munlochy village to the War Memorial also provides a walking route

 across the valley for leisure activities on Drumderfit Hill and an off-road section for the new

 John o’ Groats trail, which crosses The Black Isle from Inverness. This Study rated all the possible

 routes against a set of criteria, one of which was the likelihood that Highland Council would maintain the chosen route after construction.

The Options Appraisal Study showed there was only one practicable route for commuter cycling, a path

that lay beside the main road from Avoch to the Munlochy War Memorial. The landowners along the route

 (and their tenants) were sent the report and asked for feedback. The Manager of the Rosehaugh Estate

 and Forestry and Land Scotland through whose land the route would pass were not

opposed to the plan, but in Rosehaugh’s case the tenants were to become involved.

TBI is seeking to engage and reach agreement with tenants and other landowners along the route,

 although this has been hampered by the Covid pandemic impacting on work by TBI, The Highland

Council and Sustrans. We are keen to start discussions with anyone who is involved in ownership or

management of the strip along the A832.

A Public Consultation will be presented on-line through a presentation and feedback form, with

 a real-time on-line Q&A session at a specified time. The views of Highland Council are now crucial

for what can be achieved in the long-term for safer cycling on this route. With many issues around

land ownership, there may, unfortunately, be need for The Highland Council to get involved in the process.TBI Director Anne Thomas les  .

The Public Consultation will run from March 1 to March 29 and will be presented on the Transition Black Isle website. There will be three drop-in Question and Answer sessions at the following times:

1000-1200 Saturday 20 March

1200-1400 Tuesday 23 March

1800-2000 Friday 25 March

Updates on Funding

Below we list the most relevant available funds

MFR Cash for Kids Winter Fund (runs until the end of March): this funding can be accessed via local

organisations and offers £100 per child to families in need. The main criteria:

Organisations nominating families MUST be able to guarantee to Cash for Kids that they are in need (e.g. stuggling with basic expenses)

You must have confirmed that there is no duplication to Cash for Kids for the same child

There are multiple awards available per family. Some of the local schools and organisations are running this grant, so if you need assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us stating the area in which the kids live, so we can direct you to the relevant organisation.

Ideas Fund: It is an interesting fund which is run by the Wellcome Trust. It merges academic research with issues that trouble us in the Highlands. If you have ideas that relate to this fund and would like to collaborate on taking them forward don’t be shy and drop us an email on community@black-isle.info https://www.theideasfund.org/about

Home Energy Scotland – advice on how to save money. 0808 808 2282

Changeworks – Changeworks employ Affordable Warmth Advisers who can help people switch suppliers, talk to energy companies on an individual’s behalf and access emergency funds. Call 0800 870 8800 (freephone) or email warmth@changeworks.org.uk

Highland Council Fuel Support Fund – people can apply for a non-repayable grant of £60 if they are struggling with fuel insecurities. To apply please go to www.highland.gov.uk/fuelsupportfund or call/email Highland Council Welfare Support Team: 0800 090 1004, Welfare.support@highland.gov.uk

Third Sector Funding: the SCVO funding hub has information on funds available to community groups www.scvo.scot/support/coronavirus/funding

Highland Council Covid Resilience Grant – the local resilience grant scheme is available for groups to apply for up to £1,500. www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/1422811/supporting_community_resilience/category/155/grants_for_community_groups

Business Grants

Temporary Closure Grant – for businesses that must close by regulation AND Business Restrictions Grant – for when businesses must operate in a restricted way. To apply go to: www.highland.gov.uk/strategicframeworkfund For enquires email: COVID-19grantenquiries@highland.gov.uk

Other urgent help:

Temporary accommodation: if someone feels it is not safe for them or their children to remain at home, please call the Highland Council on 01349 886602 or 01349 886691 (evening & weekend).

Also: Abused men in Scotland 0808 800 0024, Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline - freephone 0800 027 1234, Inverness Women's Aid - 01463 220719

Scams: individuals and organised groups of criminals are now operating throughout the country: to identify the scams known to Trading Standards go to www.highland.gov.uk/tradingstandards

 

If you are experiencing problems caused by the pandemic and the return to lock down please contact the Community Council on; killearnanccouncil2@gmail.com or community@blackisle.info. We will try to help by making Highland councillors and officials aware. 

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Best Wishes for a Happier New Year

Diane Agnew

Fri, Jan 8)

 

 

https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/535401

 

Dear All,  As promised please see link above to the Highland Council webcast briefing on the COVID situation in the Highlands recorded on 7 Jan 2021. Updates from The Highland Council, Police Scotland and NHS Highland

 

08 January 2021

 

For immediate release

 

Highland Council winter road condition and school closure report for Friday, 8 January 2021

 

Maps of the Council’s gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting.

The UK Met Office currently has a yellow warning for further snow and ice across large parts of the Highlands. Find out more about warnings and advice here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ 

School closures:

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, for the majority of pupils, all schools in Highland are closed until further notice.  However, schools remain open only to pupils who are identified as vulnerable and the children of key workers where no other arrangements can be made.

The school closures page on the Council’s website at: https://www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures is updated from 7am and cleared each evening by 6pm.

Get alerts of closures on Highland Council’s Twitter and Facebook. Or phone 0800 564 2272 to get the latest pre-recorded message from head teachers regarding their school. Have the school's PIN ready when you call.

The Highland Council, Corporate Communications
01463 702020 

High Life Highland provide online resources to support Health and Wellbeing during Lockdown 2.0


The team at High Life Highland wish you a very Happy New year, albeit perhaps not the start we had hoped for.

You will be aware of the increased restrictions implemented by the Scottish Government as a result of increased COVID-19 transmission which effectively places the country back into a similar lockdown position we found ourselves in during March 2020.

Back in August of last year, High Life Highland was extremely proud to be the first Trust in Scotland to start reopening our facilities and welcome customers as part of its bounceback campaign. So, as we move into 2021, it is especially disappointing to the team to have to close temporarily once again as part of Lockdown 2.0.

Your support of the Charity so far is hugely appreciated and is fundamental to supporting the long-term sustainability and future of the local services we provide in your area and across the Highlands.

While our bounceback campaign may be paused at the moment we will be providing as many options as possible online for highlife customers to take advantage of until we can physically reopen our facilities.

Our teams are already working on the development of our virtual offering for members and are exploring ways that will enable us to extend the range and type of online resource that is accessible through our website in the future.

highlife Card holders are able to access a range of online services including Fitness Classes, Bookbug, Music Tuition and interactive archive sessions suitable for all which can be found at highlifehighland.com or on our social media channels.

To find out more about our online fitness class availability and to book your space please click on the button below.

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Please be assured that as soon as the restrictions are reduced and we are able to commence delivery of our services, we are ready and waiting to get back to what we do best.

 

 

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Why not learn to play a new instrument or sing during lockdown our Music tuition team are providing guitar and voice lessons online, book your session below.

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Magazines Books and Newspapers available online with highlife


Your highlife card also gives access to digital magazines and newspapers, eBooks and eAudiobooks, online theory test practise, access to the Britannica Library online, access to Oxfords online Art and Music collections and Hoonuit online training and learning.


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Manage your highlife card online

With circumstances and priorities changing quickly and in some cases daily during the pandemic it has become increasingly important to add flexibility to how you can manage your highlife membership with us.

We now have the tools available which enable you to amend your details online, from joining, adding people, freezing your membership, recovering your PIN to unfreezing your membership.

Lockdown 2.0 means we are once again going to have to make a plea to you to support the Charity through this next challenging phase – and ask those of you able to continue to pay your highlife subscription to continue to do so. If you are unable to make your full payment, please get in touch and our team can set up an alternative monthly donation.
 

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07 January 2021

 

For immediate release

 

Business Closure Grant Scheme open for applications

 

The Highland Council today launched the Temporary Business Closure Grant. This grant is available for businesses who have had to close due to the COVID-19 protective measures introduced on Boxing Day.

The Closure Grant operates as a two-tiered scheme, with a grant of £2,000 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000 and a grant of £3,000 for those businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 and above. The grant is payable every four weeks, in arrears, for the duration protective measures are in place.

Cllr Trish Robertson, Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee said: “We recognise the significant financial hardships faced by business at this time, and the Council is pleased to assist the Scottish Government in getting this essential grant out to Highland businesses.”

As the first grant payments are due towards the end of January, we urge all affected businesses to go to our website, take the 15 minutes required to read the guidance, gather the bank and business evidence required and to apply using our online form.

As a large number of businesses will be able to apply for this grant, it is important that they supply the correct supporting information with their application. This will enable us to quickly process their applications and make the necessary checks to ensure business correctly get what they are due.

Some eligible businesses who have already received two Business Restriction grant payments for November and December, will not need to apply and they will automatically get the Temporary Closure grant paid to them. Business who were eligible but had not yet applied for their Business Restriction Grant, only need to apply for the Closure Grant and the Council will automatically assess and pay them the Business Restriction Grant as well if eligible.

For more information please visit www.highland.gov.uk/strategicframeworkfund

Over the coming weeks the Scottish Government will be making available a range of other grants to businesses, including Taxi and Private Hire; Newly Self Employed, Mobile Close Contact Services and a Highland Discretionary Business Grant scheme. The Council has been asked to deliver these grant schemes and as detailed eligibility and grant scheme information becomes available from the Scottish Government, the Council will provide guidance and detail on its website as to who is eligible and how to apply for grant.

Sylvia Tarrant
Corporate Communications Officer
The Highland Council, Chief Executive Service
Tel: 01463 702073 Mobile: 07776481267

www.highland.gov.uk
 

 


 

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