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11-Feb-15, 11:42
Caithness Courier headlines for February 11, 2105

HIGHLAND Council was yesteray asked "to take a long hard look" at the heating systems it installs in its houses, following last month's extreme weather. Landward Caithness councillor Gillian Coghill said the power cuts during January's severe storms had left some rural areas without electricity for several days. The local authority has a policy of switching from coal fires to electric heating in its houses but Mrs Coghill said this could land its tenants without heat or power during blackouts.

WICK could be left in the dark over Christmas 2016 as the volunteers who look after the festive lights are to retire. For over 20 years, the Christmas lights committee has been run by almost the same people who have been responsible for fundraising and installing the lights to bring Yuletide spirit to the town. However, all five women are to stand down from their positions in January.

A CAITHNESS councillor is "hugely disappointed" to learn that 10 part-time active schools co-ordinator posts are being done away with as part of a restructering carried out by High Life Highland. Landward Caithness councillor Willie Mackay believes the move could prove a blow for the county's young sports enthusiasts and he thinks any encouragement that can be given to children to be more active, should not be lost.

NORTH rail services suffered disruption when a freight locomotive derailed in Caithness, resulting in trains being unable to complete journeys between Inverness and Wick. The train which was carrying pipes destined for the Subsea 7 site at Wester came off the tracks at Georgemas junction on Friday morning.

CAITHNESS has been chosen to pilot a new choice-based house letting scheme, the first of its kind in the Highlands. Local housing associations will have a new way of allocating some of their properties, reportedly giving applicants more choice about the housing they will be offered.

PEOPLE are being "pushed into fuel poverty" by a Highland Council home improvement programme, councillors have claimed. They say workmen are ripping coal fires out of council houses and replacing them with expensive-to-heat electrical systems in areas where the gas network is poor.

A FINCANCIAL and operational crisis at the North coast Leisure Centre in Bettyhill, has been averted, thanks to the combination of a rescue package from Highland Council plus generous responses from the riparian owners and tenants of the River Naver. The centre is owned and run on behalf of the community by the Tongue and Farr Sports Association and while there have been financial ups and downs during it 20-year history, this is the first time that it has found itself on such shaky ground.-

A HOME tie in the quarter final of the Breedon Aggregatres Highland League Cup has presented Wick Academy with a golden opportunity to make progress in their quest to land their first piece of silverware. That is the view of assistant manager Richard Hughes who praised his side, following their 2-1 victory at Fraserburgh on Saturday which sets them up with a last eight encounter with defending champions Clachnacuddin at Harmsworth Park.