Ladies Walk - Vandalism (31 March 2021)
It was brought to to the attention at the start of this week, that there had been some vandalism carried out along the Ladies Walk. It is also possible that the person(s) responsible for this also left the two gates at the level crossing open, which could have resulted in a child or animal running into the path of a moving train, with devastating effects.
The Community Council had just appointed a contractor to carry out repairs to the Ladies Walk in agreement with the Landowner. This work was to see bridges, steps and handrails replaced/repaired. The project will now see a delay due to parts of work now needing to be requoted following the vandalism carried out.
Easter Kidz Bootcamp 2021
ILM Highland & Material Focus Recycling announce partnership
We are very excited to announce our new partnership with the national ‘Recycle Your Electricals‘ Campaign!
Joining forces with Material Focus (the mastermind behind the campaign) we can increase our existing reuse and repair efforts of electrical waste in the Highlands. As part of the campaign, we are installing 10 new Small Electrical Waste containers in key chosen locations across Highland including Fortrose, Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Bonar Bridge and Dornoch – with more to be announced. These new containers should make it significantly easier for households to donate their unwanted waste electronic & electrical equipment (or WEEE) in a safe, convenient and environmentally conscious way.
Material Focus (formerly the WEEE Fund), is a not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to stop the nation throwing away or hoarding all their old small electricals. The ‘Recycle Your Electricals’ campaign is part of a nationwide effort to make people more aware of electrical waste within the UK, and what can be done about it. Research conducted by Material Focus has found that UK householders are hoarding around 527 million small electrical items, an average of nearly 20 per household. That’s bonkers you might say. How does that even happen?
Surprisingly easy. Say you have 2 old mobile phones kicking about in a drawer somewhere, a digital camera tucked away in a cupboard, an abandoned Gameboy wedged behind the sofa, an old laptop sitting on the corner of your desk and an ancient book-reading tablet gathering dust on the shelf… That’s not all either! What about that kettle that you don’t use anymore that you stashed under the kitchen sink? Or the TV in the spare bedroom that doesn’t actually work?
What would be the impact be of you donating these to a ‘Recycle Your Electricals’ collection point? Using this nifty reuse calculator – donating these items rather than hoarding them or throwing them away would result in helping 6 other households, saving £730 and sparing 489kg of C02 emissions as these products then go on to get reused, repaired and recycled. That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?
So what electrical items can you recycle at these new collection points?
A vast amount and too many to mention individually – but here are the headline acts.
Personal & Professional IT devices
Laptops, desktops, phones, tablets
Cables, mouses, keyboards,
Smartwatches & smart speakers (see how Alexa likes it when you ask her where the nearest electrical recycling point is…)
Appliances: kettle, slow-cooker, blenders, toasters,
Household: Irons, vacuum-cleaners
Speakers, DVD players, remote controls
Game Consoles, electric toys, MP3 players, microphones, digital cameras, digital instruments, portable stereos, turntables
Hairdryer, curling irons, straighteners
Electric toothbrushes, thermometers
Electric shavers and epilators
Electric saws, power drills, sanders
If in doubt about what you can donate, or want advice on how to clear data off of your personal devices – contact us at 01349 884774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conon and Maryburgh Outdoor Bowling Club - Co-op Local Cause
It is brilliant to see that the Bowling Club has been selected for the CO-OP Local Community Fund! So if you are local to the Club we need your support! Ways you can support us:
If you aren't already a CO-OP member, get yourself signed up for a £1, and select Conon/Maryburgh Outdoor Bowling Club as your cause (as well as earning yourself some rewards!)
If you are already a member then please select Conon/Maryburgh Outdoor Bowling Club as your cause and support us to carry on our well-being work with the young and young at heart.
The more members who select the bowling club and shop at the CO-OP, the more funds we will receive!
Thank you! We really appreciate your support!
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Highland Council Trading Standards issues advice on COVID-19 Scams
In the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Highland Council Trading Standards are issuing a warning to the public about a series of new scams related to the virus.
One is an email claiming to be from the government, offering a tax rebate to support people through this challenging period. The email, which looks official, informs the recipient of the rebate amount and requests that you click a link to receive it.
The recipient is then asked to fill in personal details, including their credit card number and address. These details allow the scammer to take money directly from the recipient's bank account.
In another email-based scam, claiming to be from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The email, claims to hold crucial coronavirus safety advice, it has an attachment which downloads a keylogger, allowing scammers to follow the online movements of the user, and in doing so gain access to the device and personal details.
Mark McGinty, Trading Standards Team Leader states, “although we have not received any information to suggest a member of the Highland community has fallen victim to such scams, it is clear that the wider picture is showing us that the scammers have arrived and are here to take advantage of the situation.
"The onset of scammers in Highland is not expected to be any different from other parts of the country, as such, we are working with our partners and will be distributing messages across all media platforms, identifying the most recent scams to inform the public. The advice as ever is if in doubt, check it out. Please don’t enter into something you are not sure about.”
Partner activity includes Citizens Advice Scotland who have a scam checker which you can access by visiting their website.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have stated it will consider any evidence that companies may have broken competition or consumer protection law, for example by charging excessive prices or making misleading claims about the efficacy of protective equipment. And it will take direct enforcement action in appropriate cases.
Mark McGinty also states “I’d urge the public to be extra vigilant at this time, scams come in all forms and scammers have no conscience, they are unscrupulous, well organised, and will stoop to no low to get your money. The situation is evolving all the time and Highland Council Trading Standards will be doing its best to keep the public informed.”
Members of the public wishing advice on a particular matter can contact Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or visit consumeradvice.scot
Bus Timetable Changes - 23 March 2020
There are changes to the bus timetables starting on Monday 23 March due to the current Corona Virus situation. Please visit Stagecoach for further information
A835/B9163 JUNCTION CLOSURE
DINGWALL CHORAL SOCIETY EVENT
The Community Council would like to express their thanks to Hazel MacKay and her helper for pruning the roses at the War Memorial at no cost to the Community. This was greatly appreciated by all Community Council members and we are sure that the expert attention to the roses will see them flourish.
Helping Hands Befriending Service
Black Isle Community Car Scheme (BICCS)
The Community Car Scheme is a car-sharing scheme with volunteer drivers using their own cars to take scheme members to and from a destination of their choice within the Black Isle area.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver or wish to become a member of the scheme, further details can be accessed by clicking on the link