The Highlands UK Parliament constituencies are set to undergo changes.  The Boundary Commission for Scotland is consulting on proposals to create three new constituencies.

The new layout has raised fears, including concern over the potential difficulties for MPs servicing larger constituencies.

Plans to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 will result in three new Highland constituencies, known as Argyll, Bute and Lochaber; Inverness and Skye; and Highland North.  No changes are to be made to the boundary of the Western Isles constituency, Na h-Eileanan an Iar.

 

It's the big Christmas lights switch on in Portree this Friday evening (Dec 2)

Festivities begin at 6pm in the Portree Community Centre with a Christmas Concert , followed by a procession into Somerled Square where the lights will be switched on.

 

Raasay was celebrating today (Nov29) after being told their community shop... is the best in Scotland!

CORRA Chair Tekela Koek travelled to a star studded ceremony in London to discover that the island's popular business had taken First Place in this year's Rural Community Ownership Awards.

The Awards are designed to celebrate the most inspiring examples of people in rural areas working together to improve their communities, to raise awareness of the issues that many rural people face and how they can overcome them through collaborative action.

Highlands & Islands Police Division have issued a warning, urging local shops and supermarkets in the Highlands to be on their guard following a recent report of fraud commonly referred to as "Ringing the Changes."

The fraud involves a person asking a member of staff to exchange a large sum of money for them into notes of smaller denominations. While doing this they deliberately confuse the staff member to obtain more money than they came in with.

 

Calmac have made public the figures surrounding its Mallaig-Armadale service which has seen a string of cancelled sailings this summer following the removal of MV Coruisk.

In the period March to October of this year there were a staggering 395 cancelled sailings compared to just 76 during the same period in 2015.

The full figures given for the route and the number of passengers and vehicles are shown below:

 

 

 

Hot on the heels of its recent £500,000  plus lottery award, Staffin Community Trust are keen to keep the momentum going on their drive to bring about significant local changes.

Earlier this year they held a community consultation exercise about plans for the Storr, now this week-end a follow up drop in session is to be staged.

The Trust secured funding earlier this year to carry out an Options Appraisal into Highland Council-owned land at the Storr. A consortium led by Hazel Allen of Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were awarded the contract to carry out the work and report back to SCT.

Since the last consultation in July significant work has been carried out by the project team and a preferred option and site layout will be outlined at the drop-in event this Saturday 5 November. The event will be held in the SCT office, next door to the Church of Scotland, between 10am and 1pm

Skye Mountain Rescue Team have been given a demonstration of what a six-wheel Polaris ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) can do.

Jan's has become the local agent for Polaris, the company that produces ATV's and quad-bikes, and will cover the Isle of Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the west coast of the Highlands.

Richard Coleby, a salesperson from Polaris, was present along with the vehicle to explain how it could benefit the Mountain Rescue Team and answer any questions.

Cllr Hamish Fraser meets the young leaders.  Image courtesy of the Highland Council.

Eight young Gaelic medium leaders from across the Highlands were put through their paces by tutor, Active Schools Co-Ordinator, Danny Steele.  

The High Life Highland Leadership Programme currently has around 1400 young people across the Highlands aged between 12-25 years registered.  

Due to the sparse and scattered communities the Gaelic medium leadership programmes are delivered on a residential basis at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College on The Isle of Skye, using translated material provided by Sports Leader UK.

Clare Gray has won the competition to inspire the brand new Glendale Check.  Her photograph received over 41 votes on Facebook, as well as votes via email.  

Pelican Design is flying the nest – or, rather, leaving the converted garage which previously housed the website and graphic design company.  

Co-owners, Luke Slater and Heckie Cormack, made the decision to relocate their company to Office 3 at Jans in Broom Place, Portree.  Says Luke: “It's a great base, with excellent parking, and has improved our visibility.  It feels more professional.  Plus, the ability to go downstairs to the Red Brick Cafe and pick up some Munchies and an Irn Bru is great!”