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Caithness Courier review: July 11, 2012

A PLAN to realign Berriedale Braes could be out TO tender next year and completed by 2012. That is the hope of Caithness Transport Forum chairman, John Green, after learning that a total of £220,000 has been available to get the long-sought-after improvement, “shovel-ready”. Welcoming the funding as “good news” he hopes it could lead to other improvements on the A9.

A GROWING number of teenagers in the Far North are purchasing aerosols, glues and lighter fluid to engage in solvent abuse, according to a local forum The issue was highlighted during an undercover test-purchasing exercise when five retailers failed to ask for ID when glues and lighter fluid were purchased by a 16-year-old. The most serious incident resulted in the teenage volunteer being able to buy a canister of gas lighter refill from a member of staff at Cardosi’s in Princes Street, Thurso.

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man tried to encourage an 11-year-old girl to get into his car in Wick. Northern Constabulary is asking for information about the incident which happened in Thurso Road on Sunday, at 6.30pm. The girl was walking to a friend’s house in the area when the approach was made. She ignored the man’s request and ran to her friend’s house unharmed. The vehicle is being described as being a gun metal grey estate car with silver alloys.

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has been challenged by a local councillor to donate its unsold food to north charities. Landward Caithness councillor, Alex MacLeod, made the call and claimed Tesco could follow the Lidl supermarket chain which donates its end-of-day fresh produce to charities. He wants Tesco and other retailers to grasp the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of those facing poverty and food shortages in the Highlands.

HIGHLAND Council has been accused of failing to carry out its obligations to conduct its own environmental assessments for wind turbine developments. Thrumster Estate director, Islay MaCleod, claims the planning authority has shown a total dereliction of duty by not carrying out checks which it is required to do. She said that the council has to complete its own environmental assessment of a wind turbine proposal for ventures which could impact on the peatland environment. She claims that a directive lays down that such studies had to be carried out in consultations with the council’s geotechnical unit.

THE new leader of the Caithness and Sutherland area committee will do more than just host four meeting a year, a senior Highland councillor has claimed. According to resources , housing and finance committee chairman, Dave Fallows, the individual who takes on the post will be working throughout the region to better the North Highlands and deliver value for its people. He was responding to criticism from former Caithness area committee chairmen, David Flear and John Young who questioned the £8000 pay hike the post will attract.

RECRUITING local people to “reap the rewards of responsibility” is a blueprint for how wind farm developers should engage with Caithness communities according to a landward councillor. Alex MacLeod believes local residents should get involved with a new panel to help decide how a £150,000-a-year community benefit fund should be distributed. Nominations are being invited from residents of Latheron, Lybster and Clyth, Tannach and district and Watten community council areas, to join the E.O.N. Camster Community Fund panel when cash becomes available for community projects, next year. The fund will support constituted community groups, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities providing service and activities for the benefit of the area.

HOPES that a schoolboy’s missing cockerel had been found, have been dashed, leaving the family
with no hope of its recovery. But the incident has convinced the family, the cockerel which was
tipped for major success, could only have been stolen by someone with an expert knowledge of
poultry. Alistair McCarthy (10) of Seafield View, in Mey,was left heartbroken when his prized Buff
Plymouth Rock cockerel was snatched from Canisbay Show last month.

ABERDEEN and Northern Mars sold 463 store and breeding cattle at Quoybrae last Monday. Show
champion sponsored by Allan’s of gillock and judged by Angus Cumming, Tillydesk, Ellon, was a
695kg Charolais bullock from D.A. Budge, Brae-edge, Castletown and sold for £1,500.