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21-Sep-12, 10:02
John O’ Groat Journal headlines: September 21,

AN initiative, which provided up to 30,000 a year for good causes, has been axed by Dounreay’s new operator claiming it is putting all of its efforts and investment into stabilising the future of the far north economy. Babcock Dounreay Partnership has scrapped the safety dividend scheme which was run by the previous operators, UKAEA. It donated cash to the Dounreay communities fund, based on employees’ safety record at the site.

A SENIOR north policeman yesterday reflected on the harrowing personal toll on officers who have to deal with the aftermath of road accidents, especially those involving young casualties. Speaking at a road safety promotion at Thurso High School, Chief Inspector Matthew Reiss revealed that counselling is offered to police and other members of the emergency services to help them cope with the traumatic scenes they have witnessed. Caithness officers have had to deal with a disproportionate number of fatalities in recent years with Caithness accounting for nearly half the death toll on Highland roads last year.

YOUNG people were found spraying graffiti on walls in Thurso for all the right reasons when they were given a chance to show off their artistic sides and brighten up faded artwork. Kids and staff involved with Ormlie Mini Groups, spent Saturday coming up with a new design for walls at the Ormlie Centre with the help of a graffiti artist. Clair Nicholls from Tain who arrived in the far north to challenge group members to come up with a new, modern design for the wall.

“No overnight parking” signs are to be removed from roadside laybys in the Highlands because of fears of possible legal action. Highland Council yesterday, voted for the removal of the familiar signs which have acted as a deterrent to motorists intending to pitch up and stay after dark for decades.

DOUNREAY’S new operators claim their takeover had gone efficiently and successfully as they look forward to delivering their promise to carry out the remainder of the sites clean up on time and within budget. Babcock Dounreay Partnership said that everything is going to schedule in its aim to have the former fast reactor complex cleared within 11 years.
A FEARED downgrading of Wick Sheriff Court would mean witnesses, jurors and accused in trials travelling “unacceptable” distances according to the Law Society for the Highlands. The Scottish Courts Service launches a consultation exercise today looking at options for sheriff courts across the region. The mooted changes at Wick, threatens local justice, claims council member of the Law Society for Inverness, Dingwall, Tain, Dornoch, and Wick, solicitor George MacWilliam. He said: “Proposals being issued by the SCS today will likely result in the sheriff court structure in the Highlands being changed almost beyond recognition”.

NORTH graduates have been congratulated on achieving their dream results by the Lord-Lieutenant of Caithness during a ceremony in Wick. Anne Dunnett was the guest speaker at Saturday’s academic awards ceremony in the St Fergus Church. She said she was delighted to be part of the event which was attended by North Highland college UHI students from across the area and was followed with a drinks reception in the Norseman Hotel.

TWO Caithness apprentices have become the first Scots scaffolders to be trained at a state-of-the-art English college, courtesy of the industry’s training body. Liam Crombie and John Holmes travelled around 600 miles to attend the first of three block scaffolding apprenticeship training programmes, far from home at the CITB Construction Skills’ training college in Norfolk.