There’s a Birthday in Town…

There’s a Birthday in Dingwall…

celebrating it’s 1st year on the High street is Edinburgh Woollen Mill so on the 9th of June they are having a party AND… YOU’RE INVITED

They will be celebrating with 20% OFF on the day

PLUS

Best Dressed Dog Competition – Party Games – Face painting

Refreshments and Cakes (Lots of Cakes)

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

72 High street

Dingwall

IV15 9RY

“Lets go and help them Celebrate”

Dingwall Rotary Club, Annual Sponsored Wade Walk

Sat 9th June 2018 at 08.00 – 18.00Wades walk 2018

A 14 mile walk or a half walk for Charity

The Annual Sponsored Wade Walk raises a great deal of money for Charity.  The main charities this year are The Dingwall Hydrotherapy Puffin Pool and the Local Alzheimer’s Group. But other local charities and good causes (groups and individuals) will also benefit.

This is a popular 15 mile ramble through forest and open vista for lots of folk within our area.

Participants are taken by bus from the registration point in the Legion Hall, High Street, Dingwall to the start point at Silver bridge, by Garve and then meander back to the start point at the Legion Hall where welcome refreshments can be found.

This is also a Pooch friendly event 🙂

For those who feel they could not make this distance there is a short (6 mile) walk starting at Blackmuir woods in Strathpeffer.

Participants pay an entry fee to cover admin costs and collect a minimum of £20 in sponsorship.

The Annual Sponsored Wade Walk raises a great deal of money for Charity.  The main charities this year are The Dingwall Hydrotherapy Puffin Pool and the Local Alzheimer’s Group. But other local charities and good causes (groups and individuals) will also benefit.

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To charge or not to charge?

Margaret Davidson was handed 1,000 letters of protest yesterday in Inverness, as part of mounting opposition to plans to start applying fees at council car parks which have previously been free.

The proposals have been “built in” to budget plans to plug the council’s £15m black hole – but have been hugely unpopular.

More than 1,000 letters of protest were handed over yesterday at a full council meeting from a Dingwall-based campaign group led by community councillor George Murray.

Ms Davidson’s comments are the first indication the council is open to reconsidering the matter of parking charges after previously insisting that matter was closed.

When asked if the plan was set in stone Mrs Davidson said “It is not, it is a local matter and Ross and Cromarty will decide whether Dingwall should go ahead.

“We are still considering the issue of parking charges, we are drawing up a policy, and we will be talking to area committees.

“The one thing is clear that we built into our budget over a million pounds of income from car parking charges, exactly what car parks that is introduced to at the end of the day that is still subject for debate.

“The main part about the million pounds this year is about putting up charges where they already are,” adding those towns “don’t feel they should be subsidising the rest of the Highlands.”

But Mr Murray said towns like Fort William, Inverness, and Aviemore are in a different economic situation as they are located in areas visitors naturally gravitate towards.

He said: “Those towns have tourist attractions like Ben Nevis and the Cairngorms and Inverness is the Highland capital – Dingwall and Nairn have to work harder to attract people.”

“The damage to Dingwall could be devastating at exactly the moment when we are glimpsing a little light at the end of the tunnel.

“With the charges the Highland Council has found a way to hurt not help the town and its businesses. A little support would go a long way and we are still ready to engage positively.”

Budget Leader Alister Mackinnon defended the introduction of fees to secure “grass cutters, street cleaners, special needs teachers and teaching jobs”.

He said; “That’s the unpalatable truth unless we deliver an increase in revenue of £3million. If they don’t like the car parking charges let them come up with alternatives.”

Dingwall and Seaforth Councillor Graham Mackenzie said there was no time to properly develop counter proposals as they only had a weekend to do so.

He said: “That is two days, the administration have had nine months to put this budget together so it is hardly surprising that no one came forward with any alternative budget proposals.

“If you add that to the fact that we don’t have access to the accounts and the officials that the administration do – it is a red herring.”

His fellow ward Councillor Margaret Patterson confirmed she would resign from the administration if there was no consultation on whether the fees are introduced.

She said: “I cannot stay and work with a group that are not brave enough to admit they got it wrong on this occasion. I personally think you have.”

(Taken with thanks from the Press & Journal)

Highland Council respond to ‘Freedom of Information’ request

Dingwall FOI-chargesOn the 24th March the Dingwall Business Association wrote to the Highland Council and using the ‘Freedom of Information act’ asked for an answer to 9 questions regarding the news that the HC were planning to introduce car parking charges to the Southside carpark in Dingwall.

Below are those questions and the answers given marked in red. They seem to create more questions than they answer but please feel free to comment and let us know how you feel about how the Highland Council have responded.

Question 1.      Is the consultation planned to determine whether to impose charges or how they will be implemented?

Answer: The consultation will be focused on how, where, when and why to meet the budget decision taken by Council on the 15 February 2018.

Question 2.      We know that Highland Council does not own the whole carpark. Could you please provide us with details of what is owned by HC and exactly which areas and the number of spaces that will be subject to charges?

Answer: All spaces available will be considered for charging.

Question 3:      What amount of income has been projected from the implementation of the charges in the Southside Car Park?

Answer: For example purposes: If 180 spaces were utilised at tariffs of

 

Up to 0.5 Hrs £0.00
Up to 1 Hrs £1.00
Up to 2 Hrs £2.00
Up to 4 Hrs £3.00
Up to 24 Hrs £4.00

 

            The Car park would generate circa £150,000 per annum based on 70% occupancy

Question 4:      How much has been spent on maintaining these areas over the last 5 years?

Answer: I am unable to provide that exact figure at this time. All 238 car parks across Highland hold a maintenance liability of £20million over the next 40 years. Any money spent on maintaining a car park reduces the budget available to maintain the public road network.

Question 5:      How are the charges going to be collected?  How much is the system going to cost to install and be maintained?

Answer: Any ticket machines installed will accept card and coin payments. Due to security issues we cannot discuss collection methods. We can say that the collection will not incur any cost to the council.

Question 6:      How much do you project that the monitoring and enforcement of the car parking charges will be per year?

Answer: There will be no additional cost as enforcement staff will be attending Dingwall anyway and there activity is funded from penalty charge income.

Question 7:       What screening was carried out?

Answer: Comparisons to similar locations across the authority and nation wide were made to ensure that any proposed tariffs are comparable, affordable and sustainable.

Question 8:       What are the traffic management goals for Dingwall?

Answer: To ensure that long term parking provision can be sustained for the future including ensuring funding of such provision as available budgets are forecast to shrink.

Question 9:       Even the council agrees there will be impact – what figures do you have? What do you anticipate the impact to be?

Answer: Tourists and visitors will be required to pay for their parking provision. However all evidence from tourist behaviour at other council car parks reflects their willingness to do so.

Dingwall Potholes

 

Bid to keep parking in Dingwall FREE

Whilst it’s true that car parking charges can help certain towns with parking issues and traffic management It’s not something we need in Dingwall. In an attempt to stop the charges from being introduced to Dingwall South Car park the Business Association has created an online petition which includes a letter to our elected Councillors for Dingwall for everyone to cut and paste into email addresses that are also supplied.

Sign the petition here

New Furniture and Paths works at Ferry Point

Ferry point 3Dingwall’s Ferry Point has been given a new lease of life with the replacement of most of the old picnic furniture and benches plus a few new installations. The area has been further enhanced by main route path improvements.

This has been a Community Council led initiative to revive the popular beauty spot.

Under the guidance of David Lockett and Andy Foley many thanks are due to all involved for their hard work, often in not the best of weather conditions. A special mention of John Macphee, who insisted on hand raking the path length before rolling to create a smoother finish.

Most of the benches are made from recycled milk bottles… here are some rubbish facts:Ferry point 1

Why use recycled plastic?

Recycled plastic is a low maintenance, environmentally friendly and economical alternative to timber. It has the appearance of wood with the advantages of plastic making it the ideal material for outdoor furniture in urban and park environments.

Why is it better than wood?

  • It does not fade so it keeps its appearance without the need of paint or stain, eliminating expensive labour costs and environmental damage
  • It cannot rot, so can tolerate damp conditions
  • It does not absorb Ferry Point 2water, so resists fungal growth
  • It is robust enough to withstand the demands of urban situations
  • Plastic extrusion eliminates splinters
  • It is very easy to keep clean, especially where hygiene is important

How many plastic bottles does it take to make one recycled plastic bench?

One bench uses more than the equivalent of 2000 plastic bottles.

 

Rock Challenge results for Dingwall…

The event at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness attracted a large audience and was supported by Safer Highland, Choices for Life, Securigroup, and Stagecoach.Thurso_High_215

Attending this evening were an array of sponsors, local authority figures and invited VIPs. Following the show a quote was obtained from the following guest: Chief Executive at Newstart Highland, James Dunbar  “I think Rock Challenge is a great event and all the schools from across the Highlands were fabulous on stage this evening!”

The results were…

Award School
1st Place  Thurso High School
2nd Place Grantown Grammar School
(J Rock)1st Place  Coulhill Primary
Highland Council Award of Excellence for Choreography Inverness Royal Academy, Thurso High School, Grantown Grammar School
Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Performance Skill Inverness Royal Academy, Farr High School , Kingussie High School, Thurso High School, Grantown Grammar School
NHS Highland Award of Excellence for Stage Use Inverness Royal Academy, Thurso High School
Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Award of Excellence for Concept Dingwall Primary School, Kingussie High School, Thurso High School, Grantown Grammar School
Highland Child Protection Committee Award of Excellence for Drama Dingwall Primary School, Inverness Royal Academy, Kingussie High School, Thurso High School, Grantown Grammar School
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Award of Excellence for Soundtrack Coulhill Primary, Dingwall Primary School, Inverness Royal Academy, Farr High School , Kingussie High School, Thurso High School, Grantown Grammar School
Securigroup Award of Excellence for Set Design and Function Coulhill Primary, Farr High School , Thurso High School
Police Scotland Award of Excellence for Costuming Character Coulhill Primary, Inverness Royal Academy, Kingussie High School, Thurso High School, Grantown Grammar School
Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement Farr High School , Thurso High School
Highland Council Award of Excellence for Entertainment Coulhill Primary, Dingwall Primary School, Inverness Royal Academy, Farr High School, Kingussie High School, Thurso High School, Grantown Grammar School,
NHS Highland Award of Excellence for Lighting Inverness Royal Academy, Dingwall Primary School, Grantown Grammar School
Be Your Best Foundation Award of Excellence for Stage Crew Grantown Grammar School, Inverness Royal Academy, Thurso High School
Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Award of Excellence for Video Performance Coulhill Primary, Dingwall Primary School, Farr High School , Kingussie High School, Grantown Grammar School,
Be Your Best Foundation Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge® Thurso High School
Belladrum Award for Performers Choice Coulhill Primary
Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Award for Achievement in Substance Awareness Inverness Royal Academy
Be Your Best Foundation Award for Student Leadership Dingwall Primary School and Inverness Royal Academy
Rock Challenge® Award for School Community Support Coulhill Primary and Grantown Grammar School
Be Your Best Foundation Award for Healthy Lifestyle Dingwall Primary School and Inverness Royal Academy
Rock Challenge® Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement Dingwall Primary School
Be Your Best Foundation Award for Positive Inclusion Dingwall Primary School and Farr High School
Be Your Best Foundation Award for Parental Involvement Dingwall Primary School and Farr High School

Tree Felling works at Jubilee Park

The latest info from Highland Council regarding the Tree felling works about to begin at Jubilee Park in Dingwall

The felling works will start on the 5/3/18.

For the Tree felling works to take place safely the section of path adjacent to the poplars will need to be closed. The path will only be closed when work is taking place and will be open once the contractor has finijubilee park treesshed for the day. No work takes place at the weekends. A diversion through Jubilee Park can be taken to gain access back onto the path.  To mitigate for the loss of the poplars we are planning on replanting more suitable trees and we are in discussion with the council’s forestry officer regarding this. As mentioned previously the Poplars are rapidly declining in condition with extensive deadwood, broken limbs and decay evident. Because of this they are more susceptible to falling, especially during periods of high winds, and causing damage to the flood embankment. By removing the poplars this will also improve the condition of the existing horse chestnut trees. Horse chestnut trees are less susceptible to wind damage and we do not believe there will be a negative impact to the embankment by retaining them and replanting with a similar type of tree.Thanks to Duncan Sharp from the HC Flood Risk Management Team for this update.

Dementia Friendly Dingwall?

What is a Dementia Friendly Community?

A dementia friendly community is made up of the whole community – shop assistants, public service workers, faith groups, businesses, police, fire and ambulance staff, bus drivers, school pupils, clubs and societies, and community leaders – people who are committed to working together and helping people with dementia to remain a part of their community and not become apart from it.

With your help it’s very possible we could make Dingwall a very Dementia Friendly town… the first in Ross Shire. This involves learning a little about dementia and doing very simple and practical things that can make an enormous difference to people living with the condition.

There is no “one-size fits all” for a dementia-friendly community but you may find some of the material developed so far useful so visit Alzheimer Scotland Online for access to their toolkits

Hints and Tips for Shops and Businesses

People with dementia may visit your shop, business or workplace. Sometimes they will need extra assistance to help them to use your services. This multifold leaflet provides some simple tips that may help you to make your organisation more dementia-friendly.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more info on how to help make Dingwall Dementia Friendly, please contact hlyons@alzscot.org.

Bogus caller advice after theft in Dingwall

Police in Dingwall are advising the public to be aware of bogus callers after a reported theft in the town.Dingwall Bogus-caller

Officers were made aware yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, February 14) of a man attending homes in the town offering cleaning products for sale.

A small quantity of cash was stolen from a property in the Gladstone Avenue area, which officers believe is linked to this doorstep trader.

Officers are keen to speak to a man in connection with the incident, described as being in his 30s, about 5ft tall and of slim build with short dark hair.

Sergeant Mike Gallie said: “We would advise the community to be wary of cold callers who arrive on your doorstep unannounced offering items for sale.

“Always be sure of who you are dealing with. Ask for ID and check it – a genuine caller will be happy to present their credentials to provide peace of mind.

“If you have doubts it is best to politely decline their business and certainly do not invite them into your home.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference NE1954/18, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.