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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.

Black Isle Bar raises concerns about Highland Council excluding businesses over the Academy Street revamp

17 April 2024
Black Isle Bar raises concerns about Highland Council excluding businesses over the Academy Street revamp

Black Isle Bar raises concerns about Highland Council excluding businesses over the Academy Street revamp

17 April 2024

The bar asks how an economic assessment impact can be made without ‘the businesses currently occupying the city centre?’


MSPs slam Highland Council changes to school access they say ‘undermines the democratic process’

16 April 2024
MSPs slam Highland Council changes to school access they say ‘undermines the democratic process’

MSPs slam Highland Council changes to school access they say ‘undermines the democratic process’

16 April 2024

Politicians must now get permission from the education boss to visit schools which they say impedes their ‘ability to represent our constituents’


Highland Council officials accused of ‘an assault’ on elected representatives roles over school access

16 April 2024
Highland Council officials accused of ‘an assault’ on elected representatives roles over school access

Highland Council officials accused of ‘an assault’ on elected representatives roles over school access

16 April 2024

Top officials say that councillors, MSPs and MPS must get permission from education bosses before visiting schools.


Edward Mountain doubles down on allegation that Highland Council is ‘dysfunctional’

16 April 2024
Edward Mountain doubles down on allegation that Highland Council is ‘dysfunctional’

Edward Mountain doubles down on allegation that Highland Council is ‘dysfunctional’

16 April 2024

The local authority says it ‘understands’ he only requested access to Charleston Academy in January, he said wanted access since last year.


Edward Mountain slams ‘dysfunctional’ education department after Charleston Academy visit

15 April 2024
Edward Mountain slams ‘dysfunctional’ education department after Charleston Academy visit

Edward Mountain slams ‘dysfunctional’ education department after Charleston Academy visit

15 April 2024

The MSP says he has never seen a worse school and hit out at boss Nicky Grant on ‘approved leave’.


Highland Council bid to overturn parking fiasco ruling ‘wholly without merit’

15 April 2024
Highland Council bid to overturn parking fiasco ruling ‘wholly without merit’

Highland Council bid to overturn parking fiasco ruling ‘wholly without merit’

15 April 2024

Tribunal slams authority’s ‘failure to properly prepare the evidence’ after it earlier not mentioning ‘parking’ on ‘restricted zone’ signs.


Former top Alex Salmond advisor says Inverness South vote ‘confirms downward trajectory for SNP’

12 April 2024
Former top Alex Salmond advisor says Inverness South vote ‘confirms downward trajectory for SNP’

Former top Alex Salmond advisor says Inverness South vote ‘confirms downward trajectory for SNP’

12 April 2024

Geoff Aberdein says the party needs to hold the Highlands ‘to have any chance of winning’ the general election in Scotland.


New Inverness South councillor says ‘openness and honesty’ is at the heart of why he wanted to stand

12 April 2024
New Inverness South councillor says ‘openness and honesty’ is at the heart of why he wanted to stand

New Inverness South councillor says ‘openness and honesty’ is at the heart of why he wanted to stand

12 April 2024

Speaking minutes after today’s vote, Cllr Duncan McDonald says ‘if you tell people the truth, let them make their minds up.’


Heartless scammers target the live stream of Alasdair Rhind’s funeral service today

12 April 2024
Heartless scammers target the live stream of Alasdair Rhind’s funeral service today

Heartless scammers target the live stream of Alasdair Rhind’s funeral service today

12 April 2024

The alarm was raised by a councillor concerned mourners could be taken in by fraud.


Inverness South elects Independent candidate Duncan McDonald to replace Colin Aitken

12 April 2024
Inverness South elects Independent candidate Duncan McDonald to replace Colin Aitken

Inverness South elects Independent candidate Duncan McDonald to replace Colin Aitken

12 April 2024

First preference voting revealed a surge in Lib Dem support as the SNP dropped almost 16 per cent and Conservatives under 1 per cent.


Inverness BID accuses Highland Council of ‘misleading’ statements over Academy Street in complaint

11 April 2024
Inverness BID accuses Highland Council of ‘misleading’ statements over Academy Street in complaint

Inverness BID accuses Highland Council of ‘misleading’ statements over Academy Street in complaint

11 April 2024

In a formal complaint co-chair Craig Duncan backed by the board says the local authority made ‘incorrect and/or misleading’.


First Minister does not believe Hate Crime Act will inhibit free speech

05 April 2024
First Minister does not believe Hate Crime Act will inhibit free speech

First Minister does not believe Hate Crime Act will inhibit free speech

05 April 2024

On a visit to Dingwall he said ‘I've certainly not seen any evidence of that in the last 50 hours. I've seen quite the opposite.’


‘Our family has suffered immensely’ – parents speak out after teacher’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’ to girl (15)

05 April 2024
‘Our family has suffered immensely’ – parents speak out after teacher’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’ to girl (15)

‘Our family has suffered immensely’ – parents speak out after teacher’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’ to girl (15)

05 April 2024

The family at the centre of the allegations now just wants to ‘move on with our lives’ but are satisfied their daughter has been ‘vindicated.’


Some Inverness streets not signposted properly opening Highland Council up to claims

04 April 2024
Some Inverness streets not signposted properly opening Highland Council up to claims

Some Inverness streets not signposted properly opening Highland Council up to claims

04 April 2024

Disabled Councillor Andrew Jarvie appealed his city centre ticket which found ‘the entry sign is not a valid Restricted Parking Zone entry sign.’


Councillor Andrew Jarvie cleared for saying ex-council boss ‘lied’ over Avonlea children’s home

02 April 2024
Councillor Andrew Jarvie cleared for saying ex-council boss ‘lied’ over Avonlea children’s home

Councillor Andrew Jarvie cleared for saying ex-council boss ‘lied’ over Avonlea children’s home

02 April 2024

He was backed by Struan Mackie who accuses the council of ‘creating a culture of fear and intimidation.’


A9 campaigner Laura Hansler calls for extra police patrols after a month of deadly crashes

29 March 2024
A9 campaigner Laura Hansler calls for extra police patrols after a month of deadly crashes

A9 campaigner Laura Hansler calls for extra police patrols after a month of deadly crashes

29 March 2024

She says ‘it would be hoped the Scottish Government are actively supporting Police Scotland to enable more patrols to be present on the A9.’


Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are set to appear at A9 dualling inquiry as MSPs seek answers

29 March 2024
Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are set to appear at A9 dualling inquiry as MSPs seek answers

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are set to appear at A9 dualling inquiry as MSPs seek answers

29 March 2024

Convener Jackson Carlaw says they ‘can hopefully shed some light’ so ‘there will be no backsliding on the new 2035 anticipated completion date.’


Multiple deaths on A9 sparks furious letter from Fergus Ewing to the transport secretary

28 March 2024
Multiple deaths on A9 sparks furious letter from Fergus Ewing to the transport secretary

Multiple deaths on A9 sparks furious letter from Fergus Ewing to the transport secretary

28 March 2024

He writes that ‘after nearly a quarter of a century of neglect’ the Scottish Government ‘must do better than the caveated pledge.’


EXCLUSIVE: Council 'sorry' for Highland teacher’s 'inappropriate behaviour' towards girl (15)

28 March 2024
EXCLUSIVE: Council 'sorry' for Highland teacher’s 'inappropriate behaviour' towards girl (15)

EXCLUSIVE: Council 'sorry' for Highland teacher’s 'inappropriate behaviour' towards girl (15)

28 March 2024

The local authority said ‘suitable and robust arrangements were not effectively put in place at school.’


EMMA RODDICK: Highland Heroes reminds me of the great work being done in the region

26 March 2024
EMMA RODDICK: Highland Heroes reminds me of the great work being done in the region

EMMA RODDICK: Highland Heroes reminds me of the great work being done in the region

26 March 2024

She says ‘I will be speaking with more third sector organisations and meeting with people to speak about all kinds of issues.’


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