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A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam Gradual Restart Planned

A9 road users advised to take care as construction of A9 Dualling north of Perth resumes. Transport Scotland is reminding A9 road users to approach with care as the A9 dualling project gradually resumes construction work this week. Following the successful completion of the pre-start planning and preparation phase to alter the site offices and welfare facilities, our contractor is now ready to safely resume construction activities, in accordance with the Scottish Government’s Route Map and Construction Sector guidance. New operating procedures and protective measures which comply with Scottish Government guidelines on hygiene and physical distancing have been put in place. This will allow th

Perth & Kinross Council Plans For Re-Opening of Schools

Perth & Kinross Council is looking forward to welcoming back our children and young people to their schools from the start of the new term in August. We recognise the many challenges families have been facing as they juggle childcare, supporting home learning and working from home. Our planning has focused on maximising the amount of time children and young people will spend in school, as frequently as possible, as safely as possible. All primary and almost all secondary schools in Perth and Kinross have drawn up revised timetables that will ensure almost all children spend a minimum of 40% of the school week in class. Limiting the numbers who can attend each day will ensure all public healt

Stones on tour

A short walk around Highland Perthshire uncovers new & budding artists displaying their talents by painting stones. The artworks have become a big favourite of our younger ones when out for a walk. Here is a selection, there are many more to be seen, keep your eyes peeled.

Funding Boost for Perth & Kinross Area

Tourism destination and sector groups across Perth & Kinross impacted by the coronavirus pandemic are set to receive a share of a £500,000 support package offered by VisitScotland. A total of 81 membership organisations have been successful in applying for the Tourism Destination and Sector Support Fund, which was launched by the national tourism organisation last month. Those successful applicants represent in excess of 10,000 tourism businesses and have been awarded grants to support their survival and ensure they are able to continue working with VisitScotland in the weeks and months ahead. Perth & Kinross organisations to receive funding: Blair Atholl Area Tourism Association; Heart 200;

Crime prevention advice

Rural Crime Perth & Kinross continues to be targeted by professional criminals who are focusing their attention on-farm and plant equipment ranging from quad bikes to trailers. A number of caravans have also been stolen recently. A number of these thefts could be been prevented by taking some simple crime prevention steps. Reduce access by removing all gates and entrances that are no longer in use and replacing them with a permanent fence or other barriers; secure all gates with good padlocks and repair fencing promptly to prevent/restrict any future unauthorised access. If possible park vehicles as close to your premises as possible, preferably out of sight from nearby roads Remove keys

Summer Holidays & Free School Meals

The families of many Perth and Kinross children will continue to receive payments for Free School Meals during the summer holidays. Since lockdown began and schools closed, the parents of children eligible for Free School Meals have received fortnightly payments from Perth & Kinross Council direct to their bank accounts. There are more than 1700 children in Perth and Kinross who qualify for Free School Meals because their families are in receipt of qualifying benefits. Perth & Kinross Council has now committed to making these payments for the duration of the summer holidays. Sheena Devlin, Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services with Perth & Kinross Council, sai

Spaces for People

Perth & Kinross Council's bid for £1.1million from the Scottish Government's Spaces for People Fund has been approved. Administered by Sustrans, the grant will enable a series of 34 proposals to move forward aimed at improving safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists in Perth and 12 other communities around the Perth and Kinross area, as well as maintaining physical distancing during the current coronavirus pandemic. The next stage will be further discussion with community councils, businesses and the public about the proposals. With a significant drop in vehicle numbers on key roads and streets since lockdown, a corresponding rise in people getting around on foot or by

Pitlochry Theatre risk of redundancies

As announced on Heartland FM, Pitlochry Festival Theatre has had to place a "significant number of roles" at risk of redundancy in order to ensure the survival of the Theatre. In a statement, they say: "Due to Mr Sunak’s latest announcements around the Job Retention Scheme, known as Furlough, we’ve had to place a significant number of roles at risk of redundancy at PFT. We know that if we don’t take action now we will run out of cash in November. We are retaining as many people as possible to ensure we are able to welcome the public to our buildings when we are able to do so. We have also saved key roles so we can continue to engage with the public online and then outside, when possible. We

Schools Planning for Reopening

Thousands of people have responded to an online poll run by Perth & Kinross Council about the reopening of schools. The Scottish Government wants all schools in Scotland to open on August 11, if scientific advice says it is safe to do so. However, the need to maintain safe physical distancing measures means pupils are likely to have a mix of classroom and home learning. This means pupils will not be back in school full-time so the Council started a process of consultation by asking parents if they would prefer their children to be at school for two to three days each week or to attend on a one week on, one week off basis. More than 12,000 people responded to the poll by Perth & Kinro

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