Work to start soon on £4million community centre

16th December 2010 from 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 providing work for MM…

Nuclear archive for Wick pledge

15th December 2010 from 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 a review. This prompted…

North tourist haunts feature on phone ‘app’

15th December 2010 from 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 included in…

Bus firms boss’s route pledge

13th December 2010 from 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 also been accused of not…

Hopes of jump in visitors to far north

6th December 2010 from 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 and business demand to…

Groups aided to win £291k funding

1st December 2010 from 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 is ideally…

New jobs in prospect as firm invests £350k

1st December 2010 from Caithness Courier

UP to 20 new jobs could be created with a £350,000 investment in a Lybster engineering firm. AMC Engineering Ltd has lodged a planning application to build a new fabrication shed at its Caithness facility and operations director Craig Brown said the workshop and the jobs could be in place…

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