Pressure on to get vital funding for Beatrice

28th February 2014

A renewed bid is being made to try and ensure a £3 billion renewable energy project off the Caithness coast gets funding from the UK Government. Local MP John Thurso has met Energy Secretary Ed Davey to press the case for the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd project. He has…

Exciting project begins as turf cut on £15m school

26th February 2014

A turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on a new £15 million Wick school was yesterday described as “the end of an era but the beginning of an exciting new project.” That was said by Caithness civic leader and local councillor Gail Ross just before the event at…

Atlantis float raises £12 million

21st February 2014

The developer of the largest consented tidal power scheme in Europe has raised over £20 million in grant funding and a stock market flotation. Atlantis Resources yesterday announced its successful addition to London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM), raising £12 million from new investors, achieving a market value of £72.1 million.…

New bid to boost end-to-end stays

19th February 2014 from Caithness Courier

A plan to appoint a John O’Groats to Land’s End co-ordinator in time for the coming tourist season has been welcomed. John Green, chairman of Dunnet and Canisbay Community Council, backed the initiative which could give a boost to the local economy. The end-to-end co-ordinator will help people who undertake…

£17,000 to help elderly embrace new technology

14th February 2014 from John O'Groat Journal

A grant of more than £17,000 has been awarded to the Dunbeath Centre to help it run a programme to encourage the elderly to use the latest technology. The money has been provided by the People’s Health Trust - part of the Health Lottery - and will enable the centre…

Visitor centre heartened as the numbers go up

14th February 2014 from John O'Groat Journal

Almost 75,000 visitors walked through the doors of Thurso’s visitor centre during the 2012/13 financial year. Caithness Horizons recorded a one per cent increase in numbers going through the former town hall compared to the previous year. The 74,368 visitors up to March 2013 take the total since the attraction…

Wick John O’Groats Airport ‘well placed to become energy gateway’

5th February 2014

Wick John O’Groats Airport is well placed to capture a greater share of the energy market, says Airport Station Manager William Sutherland. His remarks followed a visit by Alan Simpson, Integrated Planning and Turnaround Manager at Chevron, to mark the end of the company’s year-long presence at the airport. Over…

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