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Energy cuts a council 'priority'

Solar panels
Solar panels have been fitted to the roof of the primary

Solar panels have been installed on the roof of a primary school as its owner Highland Council looks at ways of cutting energy costs across the board.

The panels will allow pupils at Holm Primary in Inverness to carry out experiments to learn more about renewable power.

Environment committee chairman Ian Ross said reducing the amount of energy for its buildings was a priority.

He said the local authority was seeking out sources of alternative energy.

New footpaths

Mr Ross said: "One of the proactive things we can look at is tapping into alternative green sources of energy and I am delighted that Holm Primary now has the ability to use a free source of power.

"It not only will bring economic benefits but will also cut down the carbon footprint of the school.

"I am sure the whole school will be fascinated to learn more about the system and will enjoy seeing for themselves the savings that will be made."

Meanwhile, two new footpaths and other road safety measures have been made available to encourage more pupils at Beauly Primary in Ross-shire to walk to and from their school.

Pupils and parents spent the last year producing a school travel plan with the view to creating safer routes to school.

The results of this project were the construction of a new footpath from Braeview Car Park to the school that links in with another new path from Station Road.

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