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05-Feb-16, 20:26
John O' Groat Journal headlines for February 5,

A YOUNG Thurso woman yesterday spoke her shock after a batch of used syringes was found lying on the pavement of the town's Springpark estate. Chloe Eddowes yesterday said it was something she'd expect in a large city, not in a small rural town in the north Highlands.

SECONDARY pupils in Wick have been challenged to create a new tartan that will celebrate relocating to their new school in nine months time. Wick High has commissioned third year art and design students to help design a new symbol for the school when it relocates to the new 48.5 million community campus in the autumn.

PLANS by Highland Council to close public toilets to save money, would take communities“back to Dickensian times” according to a Caithness community councillor. Don Smith from Thurso hit out at the proposal which is one of many, being considered by the local authority as it tries to cut its budget.

CAMPAIGNERS are calling to Network Rail to sell a derelict building at a rural train station in Caithness or demolish it on health and safety grounds. Friends of the Far North Line said the building, which is on the platform at Georgemas Junction, has been empty for over two decades and it is now time to find it a new use or tear it down.

RAIL campaigners are urging the Scottish Government to put greater emphasis on using trains to transport cargo through the Highlands, in a bid to help the environment. Friends of the Far North Line wants to see gas shipments as well as domestic waste transferred by rail rather than road, on safety grounds as well as improve emissions caused by lorries travelling on the A9.

WORK is continuing to prepare the way for the first batch of Syrian refugees to settle inthe Highlands. Highland Council is liasing with other public agencies to receive up to five families who are due to move into homes in Easter Ross.

A NORTH MSP has hit out at delays in payouts for farmers under the new-style Basic Payment Scheme. Rhoda Grant said the situation is “completely unacceptable” as it emerged just one per cent of crofters have received their first part payment from the Scottish Government.