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Scott Maclennan


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Scott MacLennan is the political reporter for the Highland titles at Highland News and Media. He joined the company in 2019. Scott went to university in Glasgow and Moscow and reports on the Highland Council, NHS Highland and the Scottish Parliament.

Highland Council leader reveals up £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

22 February 2024
Highland Council leader reveals up £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

Highland Council leader reveals up £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

22 February 2024

Raymond Bremner says an extra £60 million would go ‘some way towards us being able to invest in important capital projects.’


Highland Council looks to hike cost of funerals and school meals and charge for motorhomes

21 February 2024
Highland Council looks to hike cost of funerals and school meals and charge for motorhomes

Highland Council looks to hike cost of funerals and school meals and charge for motorhomes

21 February 2024

But alongside potentially unwelcome proposals there are ambitions plans in the budget like developing a 'sustainable' bus service.


Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024
Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024

Focus on attainment was lost as councillors defend officials over a 'judgmental' education report critical of primary school staff.


Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024
Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

Questions remain as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024

Council leader Raymond Bremner said: 'It has been our priority to protect jobs and services wherever possible.'


EXCLUSIVE: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024
EXCLUSIVE: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

EXCLUSIVE: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024

But there is little information on roads spending as the £602.5 million budget seeks to plug a £65 million blackhole.


Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024
Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024

Councillor Helen Crawford says asking 'teachers to mark more generously' is 'just a big sticking plaster.'


'This absolutely stinks' – Caley Thistle slam Highland Council for U-turn on battery farm

15 February 2024
'This absolutely stinks' – Caley Thistle slam Highland Council for U-turn on battery farm

'This absolutely stinks' – Caley Thistle slam Highland Council for U-turn on battery farm

15 February 2024

Club chairman Ross Morrison says the council or 'certain members of it, seem hellbent on killing the club by abusing their powers.'


Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024
Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024

593 staff past and present were overpaid and now face salary reductions, debt recovery and legal action to force the return of cash.


EXPLAINED: Highland Council v Inverness Caley Thistle – what kicked off the war of words

14 February 2024
EXPLAINED: Highland Council v Inverness Caley Thistle – what kicked off the war of words

EXPLAINED: Highland Council v Inverness Caley Thistle – what kicked off the war of words

14 February 2024

The two organisations have been at loggerheads over a green energy project near Fairways Business Park.


Transport secretary on the A9 dualling: 'If you're open with people, they can understand'

14 February 2024
Transport secretary on the A9 dualling: 'If you're open with people, they can understand'

Transport secretary on the A9 dualling: 'If you're open with people, they can understand'

14 February 2024

Fiona Hyslop says she wants to be 'wise' on the issues of delays and funding but is determined to dual the road.


Inverness BID slams aims of 'flawed and incomplete' Academy Street economic assessment

14 February 2024
Inverness BID slams aims of 'flawed and incomplete' Academy Street economic assessment

Inverness BID slams aims of 'flawed and incomplete' Academy Street economic assessment

14 February 2024

The business organisation says 'examining the proposals impartially' would 'be a strength, not a weakness.'


ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024
ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024

The Greens MSP says 'I am actively advocating for the establishment of a dedicated degree-level course in horticulture and business skills.'


Highland Council U-turns on its own Caley Thistle battery storage scheme decision

13 February 2024
Highland Council U-turns on its own Caley Thistle battery storage scheme decision

Highland Council U-turns on its own Caley Thistle battery storage scheme decision

13 February 2024

The club says it is ‘absolutely bewildered’ and is considering legal action, accusing the local authority of ‘nimbyism’.


Critics slam Highland Council's slant on economic 'benefits' of Academy Street plans

12 February 2024
Critics slam Highland Council's slant on economic 'benefits' of Academy Street plans

Critics slam Highland Council's slant on economic 'benefits' of Academy Street plans

12 February 2024

It is feared the analysis will only look at the 'pros' not the 'cons' of the plans and ignore legitimate concerns.


Inverness South Councillor Colin Aitken resigns from Highland Council

12 February 2024
Inverness South Councillor Colin Aitken resigns from Highland Council

Inverness South Councillor Colin Aitken resigns from Highland Council

12 February 2024

The departure of the Liberal Democrat member will prompt a by-election.


Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

09 February 2024
Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

09 February 2024

The Inverness and Nairn MSP says of Humza Yousaf's pick that 'no one has put more effort into A9 dualling than Fiona'


Highland Council rejects plan for 47 new homes in Drumnadrochit

08 February 2024
Highland Council rejects plan for 47 new homes in Drumnadrochit

Highland Council rejects plan for 47 new homes in Drumnadrochit

08 February 2024

Councillor David Fraser says it is essential the development proceeded with the commercial element but the refusal may be appealed.


WATCH A9 Inquiry: 'I hear what you are saying but I'm just not convinced'

07 February 2024
WATCH A9 Inquiry: 'I hear what you are saying but I'm just not convinced'

WATCH A9 Inquiry: 'I hear what you are saying but I'm just not convinced'

07 February 2024

Fergus Ewing demands answers from Mairi McAllan about the 'complete failure to adhere to the very clear schedule.'


Black Isle Brewery's plans for a major new Inverness pub agreed by Highland Council

07 February 2024
Black Isle Brewery's plans for a major new Inverness pub agreed by Highland Council

Black Isle Brewery's plans for a major new Inverness pub agreed by Highland Council

07 February 2024

The company hopes to attract 20,000 visitors by being based at the retail park with a visitors centre, bar and restaurant.


Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

06 February 2024
Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

06 February 2024

He says 'decisions by SNP and Green ministers in Edinburgh that will have a real impact on life here in the Highlands.'


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