The public is being asked for its views on proposals by The Highland Council to review the maximum level of charges for the hire of taxis or private hire cars fitted with taxi meters operating under licence of The Highland Council.

The proposed changes, which would take effect from October 2018 include:

Portree is set to have free WiFi by late spring 2018, according to Highland Council.

A project led by Highland Council and funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region deal aims to stimulate economic growth and increase digital inclusion across the Highlands by allowing easy access to digital connectivity.  Entitled "High-Fi," the free WiFi will enable tourism support and create a wireless infrastructure in town centres.

The first phase was a Pilot in part of Inverness City Centre which was later rolled out to the wider city in early 2017 as Phase 2. The 3rd Phase will see the roll-out of the free WiFi to 14 towns in Highland.

The first town to get free WiFi is Aviemore. Additional towns to receive High-Fi during phase 3 of the project will include Portree.

A shop was damaged in Dunvegan.

Local police say the shop was damaged overnight earlier in May.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

 

Nominations are being invited from people seeking election to 9 community councils in the Highlands, including Staffin Community Council.

The need to hold interim elections has come about due to the resignation of some members which have brought the community councils down to below half of their memberships.

To stand for election candidates must be entered in the current Electoral Register for the Community Council area.

Ahead of the peak summer tourist season, Kate Forbes MSP is backing a campaign that is seeking to tackle the scourge of roadside litter across the Highland’s roads network.

Keep Scotland Beautiful have been running their Clean Up Scotland 2018 Spring Clean initiative, which raises awareness of the impact of litter as well as testing out new solutions to help alleviate the problem.

Recent research revealed that more than 100 bottles and cans are found on every mile of Scotland’s roads, and that over 96 per cent of the nation’s main roads are affected by litter.

Young crofters will receive recognition with two first-of-their-kind awards.

Following a call for nominations by the Scottish Crofting Federation, the awards will be given to two individuals.

The drive for the award is the Year of Young People 2018 and as such will celebrate the role of young people in crofting. The awards will be made at a special dinner which will be held during the Celebrating the Spirit of Crofting event on 5th October 2018 at Rothes, Moray and presented by Mel Irivine of Drummuir, one of the stars of BBC TV “This Farming Life”.

Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring at Loch Eishort (Skye), Lochs Beag and Ailort (Lochaber) and Loch Laxford (Sutherland).

Commercial harvesting sites in these areas have been closed as a consequence of the levels of an algal toxin called PSP (paralytic shellfish poison).

Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas is likely to pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these toxins.

As a sensible precaution, people should avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice.

It is important to note that cooking does not remove risks from consumption.

A dead white-tailed sea eagle has been discovered on the Isle of Skye.

The death is currently being dealt with as non-suspicious and most likely to be of natural causes.

The bird's remains were reported in the Dunvegan area.  

A spokesperson for Polce Scotland said: "Police Scotland received a report of a sea eagle found dead near Dunvegan on Skye on Friday, April 27.

"The cause of death is pending a post mortem of the carcass."

 

 

A call for evidence has been issued regarding the Clean Growth Strategy.

This supports the commitment by the government to phase out installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating in new and existing buildings off the gas grid.

Views are being sought from installers, suppliers and manufacturers in the coal and oil sectors.  

The consultation will close on 11 June 2018 at 11:45pm.

More information can be found here.

Plans are revealed for a new road linking the A9 and A96 trunk roads in Inverness.

Transport Scotland published the plans, which include a cycleway and separate footway on both sides of the carriageway linking to Inverness Retail and Business Park.

 

The planned route between the city's Culloden Road and Smithton Junction would include new junctions at Ashton Farm and Cradlehall.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said the road formed part of the £315m Inverness City Region Deal.  He added: "Since we identified the preferred option for the scheme late last year, our design consultants have been considering all the feedback received.