Caithness Courier headlines for February 28, 2014

CAITHNESS is becoming the dumping ground for the rest of the Highlands, according to Bower resident, Alan Roberts, a former chairman of the local community council. He expressed his concern after it was confirmed household waste is being taken from Skye and Ross and Cormarty, for disposal at the landfill site at Seater, to save money. Highland councillors agreed to the plan last year as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

A TURF-CUTTING ceremony to mark the start of work on a new 15 million Wick school was yesterday described as "the end of an era but the beginning of an exciting new project". That was said by Caithness civic leader and local councillor, Gail Ross, just before the event at the town's north school. The new school will replace North and Hillhead primaries and should be ready by August next year. It will be built in the grounds of the North school which will be demolished.


ANGRY homeowners in Caithness are among a number of customers in the Highlands who have been conned into giving away money in an energy-efficiency scam. They have been told they face little or no chance of getting their cash back from the fraudulent Green Deal scheme. Bogus telephone calls are made by scammers, telling householders they are entitled to 10,000 of funding for home improvements and are only required to pay an up-front registration fee of 149.99 for an energy performance assessment.


ONLY three people in Caithness have been fined for dog fouling in the past year despite promises tougher measures would be imposed on offenders failing to clear up after their pets. This comes as walks in Thurso and Wick are described as "dog fouling hotspots" where mess is said to be found on a regular basis. But a new initiative has been launched to make sure there is no messing about punishing inconsiderate owners who leave areas dog rough due to the detritus they leave behind.


CAMPAIGNERS are calling on businesses and communities to get behind calls for Caithness to receive its own postcode, it that is what people really want. Highland MSP Rhoda Grant said everybody who wants to scrap the KW postcode from the north Highlands need to make their voices heard. Last month, Thurso Community Council took the lead when it agreed to contact far north MP John Thurso to press the case for the area to get a postcode which differentiated it from Orkney.


DEMAND for childcare in the far north has grown by 11 per cent and resulted in a new transport service being offered by a Caithness charity. The North of Scotland Childcare Association has launched the service after obtaining two cars in a deal with a Highland firm. The vehicles take youngsters to and from local schools nurseries and playgroups where the Association is based.


A WOMAN has started a e-petition calling for an inquiry at the Scottish Parliament about the decision to close all police and fire call centres north of Dundee. Jody Curtis used to work answering police phone calls. She is concerned about the possible danger to the public the closures could cause and the potential overloading, with work of staff that have to take on the duty. She is trying to reach all the people the decision affects and wants to give them a voice on the subject.


WICK ACADEMY picked up their first win since January on Saturday but only after weathering a gutsy Huntly fight-back in the second half which almost secured them a share of the points. The home side were under the cosh from the kick-off and could have found themselves behind within 10 seconds when Neal Davidson beat the offside trap and forced keeper James more to party his shot behind for a corner. Final result: Academy 3......Huntly.....2