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29-Jun-11, 14:52
John O’ Groat Journal review: June 29, 2011

THE paper leads on its front page with the news that Tesco’s existing Thurso store, at Millbank, is on the market. The move is understood to be part of the company’s plans to relocate and build a new superstore on ground at the town’s former auction mart. The current building is being offered for let or sale through Edinburgh-based retail and business estate agents, Eric Young & Co, which is carrying out sale negotiations on behalf of Tesco Stores Ltd. An advert on the estate agents’ website reveals, the property, comprising 19,000-square feet, is available to rent, but the company will consider offers to buy. Members of Thurso Community Council last year expressed their concern that no progress on construction at the Ormlie Road site, was being made

LOCAL Pony Club members were due to gather in John O’ Groats today, to welcome the arrival of the Horses Help Heroes team at the end of its marathon challenge, which started at Land’s End. The horse-drawn replica of a First World War ambulance, set off, last Tuesday, and was due to pass through Dunbeath at around 4am, reaching Wick about 8am before finally arriving at its destination, but experienced a considerable delay, as it turned out.

A bottom-of-page one piece, reports that 14 people appeared from custody at Wick Sheriff Court on Monday, in what is thought to have been a record-breaking number. The number arrested over the weekend, led to the police cells in Wick and Thurso being full, with officers kept busy dealing with the various cases. Chief Inspector Matthew Reiss, who is the area commander for Caithness Sutherland and East Ross, however, said that the custodies did not present problems for the police.

PAGE 2 carries all the news and results from Lybster Gala with the claim that it was the best in years, while the bottom half of the page, lists all the reports from that bumper court.

FURTHER into the paper is a piece about an elderly villager who claims she would be “shattered” if a cash-strapped Caithness Transport Group folds. Winnie Forbes, of Beinn Ratha Court, Reay, uses Caithness Rural Transport once a week, to carry out her shopping in Thurso. But the 88-year-old is worried she would lose her independence if the plug was pulled. The future of the door-to-door, low rate, transport scheme, was put in doubt when it emerged it is facing a 35 per cent budget cut from Highland Council. Passengers have urged the local authority not to put its future in jeopardy. The service, which is wheelchair friendly, operates throughout the county for people who have no transport and find it difficult to use or access public transport.

A RARE drumhead service was held as part of a double commemoration in Thurso at the weekend. A parade through the centre of the town marked both the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion Scotland, as well as Armed Forces Day. Thurso Pipe band, Caithness Junior Pipe Band and the colour party of the Thurso RBLS branch, led the march from Couper Square to the branch clubrooms at the riverside. The drumhead service took place in the town hall square when six drummers laid down their instruments.

ADVENTURER Pete Goss set off from Wick on Tuesday on his latest, exacting, marine challenge. He and seven others are bound for the Arctic Circle in two rigid-inflatable boats in what is the first trip of its kind ever attempted. They aim to complete the 750-plus miles in six days. They will follow an old Viking route through some formidable stretches of water in their six-metre long craft.

AN engineering firm’s local workforce is set to more than double, following news of the company’s expansion. Aberdeenshire-based AMC Engineering Ltd, which has a site near Lybster, plans to create around 10 new jobs in the county, after unveiling plans for a new manufacturing plant at Smerlie. The move has been partly funded by a grant of 76,250, from Highlands and Islands Enterprise. AMC Engineering managing director, Andrew Polson, who was brought up in Smerlie, said the skill and application of the workforce in the Far North were key factors in decision to expand the premises.

A CLAIM a new wind farm in Caithness, designed to generate income through subsidies, has been strongly refuted by its developers. The allegation comes from Caithness Windfarm Information Forum's, Stuart Young who argued that Norway-based Statkraft’s decision to finance and construct 21 turbines near Thurso, could be an attempt to cash in on constraint subsidies, given then there is excessive supply on the national grid. Last month, it was revealed six Scottish wind farm operators were paid up to 300,000 each, to temporarily shut down, due to an excessive supply of electricity. Mr Young argued it was plausible that major developers would see this as an incentive, as the national grid offers financial compensations to balance supply and demand.

Controversial government proposals to modernise the coastguard service and axe an emergency towing vessel that covers the Pentland Firth, would be an “invitation to disaster”. Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP, John Thurso has welcomed news that a cross-party transport committee has recommended the plans be revised, after serious concerns were raised over safety. The Westminster committee strongly condemned the Government's cost-cutting decision to withdraw funding for the four emergency towing vessels stationed around the UK.

The hard work starts now, is the message the new Wick manager, David Kirkwood, has delivered to his players as the new season draws nearer. David Kirkwood held his first training session in charge of the Scorries at Harmsworth Park, last Thursday night. The ex-Rangers and Ross County youth coach had the chance to meet the squad and put players through their paces. He said later that one thing he had noticed was that the players are a group of lads who can pass the ball efficiently, all over the field.