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14-Mar-12, 10:17
Caithness Courier review: March 14, 2012

A CAITHNESS couple are “overwhelmed” that a local football team is to stage a fundraising event next month in memory of their daughter. Teacher Dianne Allan died in January at the age of 25 after losing her battle with cancer. Her family and partner, Steven Morris, were devastated by her tragic loss, as were friends and colleagues. In her memory, Steven’s team-mates at Thurso Swifts have decided to raise money for Cancer Research UK, by undertaking a 12-hour relay at the town’s St George’s Park, on Saturday, April 7. It gets under way at 8am.

A THURSO Highland councillor yesterday made a heartfelt plea to prevent the potential loss of another of the town’s historic buildings. Councillor Lady Marion Thurso said townspeople and visitors are irked by the dilapidated state of the two-storey town house at the corner of Princes Street and Sir John’s Square. Dubbing it “a distressing eyesore”, she said its future would be protected if the council was granted compulsory purchase powers. Lady Thurso was speaking at a public local inquiry into the council’s bid to acquire the B-listed building before handing it on to a restoration body. The inquiry centres on an objection from businessman Kamal Ahmed who owns 30 Princes Street.

RENEWABLE energy is not the only industry in which Caithness can play a leading role as part of the development of Scotland’s economy. Energy, Enterprise and Tourism minister, Fergus Ewing, this week said the Far North will become one of the leading regions in the country for tourism. He spoke during his tour of the county on Monday when he heard about plans and developments aimed at revitalising the area. Accompanied by Caithness, Sutherland and Ross MSP, Rob Gibson, he visited the 6 million Natural Retreats development at John O’ Groats, which is designed to transform the abandoned John O’ Groats House Hotel into a self-catering complex of 19 luxury apartments with 23 detached holiday residences. Mr Ewing explained the project has the full backing of the Scottish Government and added it will offer tourists a window to some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.

CAITHNESS councillors have hit back at their Inverness counterparts who claim a formula which could be used to dish out cash from a 2 million pot to fix crumbling Highland, roads is unfair. Highland Council agreed last month to spend the money from budget reserves, to carry out badly needed repairs to potholes and drainage work. Tomorrow, the transport, environmental and community services committee will be asked to agree where the cash should be divvied up but councillors could be on a collision course. Officials have suggested the cash should be allocated to each ward with a flat payment of 25,000 while the rest of the money is calculated by the number of kilometres of road in that area. Landward councillor, Robert Coghill and Thurso member John Rosie are in full support of the formula which would see Caithness get 237,215 to improve 754km of road with 16,4355 in the landward area alone.

A DISCOUNT store in Wick is to close its doors with the loss of three jobs. The 99p shop - trading under S.L. Retail Ltd - was due to shut either yesterday or today after three-and-a-half years of trading in the town. Chief executive of the Caithness chamber of Commerce, Trudy Morris said that the closure was sad news at a time when the Chamber was actively promoting a town centre regeneration in both Wick and Thurso.

RESIDENTS in Wick have been receiving scam letters from China, claiming that they are entitled to seven-figure sums of money from long-lost family members who have passed away. Entire neighbourhoods received the same letter, promising sums of over a million pounds. The author asked householders to provide their bank details to they could claim a share of it. A spokesperson for Northern Constabulary said that the letters were fraudulent and cautioned the public to be vigilant and not to reply or divulge their band details.

GRANTS worth more than 1.5 million have been awarded to North Highland College UHI in a bid to help tackle youth unemployment. The money – part of a 1.5 million package for three Highland colleges – has been provided by the European Social Fund and follows grants of 5.3 million announced last month, to aid economic growth in the area. North Highland college UHI principal, Gordon Jenkins, said he was delighted with the award, which will help fund four programmes.