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Archived News 2010

Work to start soon on £4million community centre

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
Work is to start in February on a new £4million community centre at Wick to serve as the new base for Pulteneytown People's Project (PPP).

The construction will give a much needed shot in the arm for the far north building trade with the year-long construction…

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North tourist haunts feature on phone ‘app’

Caithness Courier
Top North attractions are among those to feature on a new iPhone "app" which provides users with suggestions of days out.


Thurso's Caithness Horizons centre, the Castle of Mey, No1 Bistro at the Mackays Hotel in Wick, the RSPB reserve at Forsinard and Timespan in Helmsdale are all…

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Nuclear archive for Wick pledge

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
Far north MP John Thurso has been given an assurance that the UK's first national nuclear archive will be built in Wick.


Doubts over the commitments to the £15million complex by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) emerged last week when it announced it was carrying out…

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Bus firm boss’s route pledge

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
Stagecoach boss Brian Souter has pledged to improve daily return services between Caithness and Inverness.



The firm has recently faced criticism following a run of breakdowns on the route, including one in mid-November when three buses came to grief between Wick and Golspie.
Stagecoach has…

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Anger over nuclear archive delay

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is facing criticism after mothballing plans to create the UK's first archive in Wick.

Further work on the £15million project has been put on hold pending a review to be carried out next year.
While the quango insists it has not abandoned the…

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Hopes of jump in visitors to far north

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
Visitor numbers in Caithness and Sutherland could increase by more than 30% over the next 10 years, according to a recent report by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.


The study was carried out for the social and economic development agency to look at current and future leisure…

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Groups aided to win £291k funding

Caithness Courier
A community planning group has helped secure £291,000 for local organisations over the last 15 months.

The figure was revealed at the Caithness Partnership's AGM last week. Several other projects currently have funding applications pending, totaling just over £300,000.
Local development officer Koreen MacDougall explained: "The Caithness Partnership…

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Thurso pensions office set to expand

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
The owners of the nuclear industry pension office at Thurso have signalled their intention to expand.



Babcock International inherited the operation a year ago when it bought UKAEA Ltd in a £50million deal.
The company has hired international pensions consultants Aon Hewitt to explore…

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Scottish Budget comment

John O'Groat Journal
Call for action over 'shocking' death toll
THE number of deaths and injuries on the North section of the A9 was yesterday described as "shocking" by a local MSP who called on the Scottish Government to rethink its spending priorities on the trunk road.

Mr Stone urged the…

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Scrabster harbour fears

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
A failure to press ahead with the planned redevelopment of Scrabster Harbour would set back the schedule to tap Marine Power in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters.



The warning was struck yesterday at an industry forum in Thurso by one of the biggest prospective…

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Dounreay joy over spending decision

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
Dounreay's bosses have welcomed confirmation that the coalition Government has not cut the site's annual spending limit.
It comes after fears were raised that the dismantling of defunct nuclear reactor sites could become a major target in the current public funding squeeze.
The final allocation to…

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Reassurance over new energy jobs

Press & Journal, Aberdeen
A far north enterprise chief has tried to allay concern about the length of time before jobs are created from commercial development of marine energy in the Pentland Firth.



Roy Kirk was responding to claims from local union activists that the prospective new…

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MeyGen secures “Crown Jewel” marine energy site

Click Green
MeyGen has announced it has entered into an ‘Agreement for Lease’ with The Crown Estate for the Pentland Firth Inner Sound tidal power site. MeyGen is a joint venture between independent power generator International Power plc (45%), investment bank Morgan Stanley (45%), and tidal technology provider Atlantis Resources…

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Thurso IT business in data centre move

John O'Groat Journal
Plans to set up and run a computer data centre were yesterday unveiled by a Caithness IT firm. Confirmation this week of government funding for a super-fast broadband link in the Highlands has allowed Navertech to advance preparations for its latest project.

See today's John O'Groat…

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Spending cuts ‘less severe’ than expected

John O'Groat Journal
But opposition politicians attack Government's strategy as 'flawed'. Plans to cut government spending by £81 billion were described yesterday as "the hard route to a fairer, more prosperous country" by local MP John Thurso.

Trudy Morris, the chief executive of the Caithness Chamber of Commerce, felt the area…

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