Caithness Courier headlines for May 7, 2014
THE long-awaited improvement to the Berriedale Braes could cost more than double the estimated 2.3 million and take two-and-a-half years to complete. That is the concern expressed yesterday by Landward Caithness Highland councillor Willie Mackay. He claimed Transport Scotland is “never in a rush to do anything” and seems to be “dragging its feet” on the improvement project.

WICK High School is set to become the first secondary in the Highlands to become home to a digital workshop aimed at inspiring students and budding entrepreneurs into careers in new industries. MAKLab North has received 40,000 funding from the SSE Highland Sustainable Development Fund to establish an open-access community digital fabrication studio at the school. It will offer a range of innovative techniques from 3D printing and milling to digital knitting and jewellery making.

A FLOOD of representations have been made to Highland Council about a controversial wind farm application in central Caithness. The deadline for comments about the proposed seven turbine scheme at Spittal Hill passed last month with the local planning authority receiving 1755 comments. The response has been one of the largest received for a planning application in the far north.

NHS Highland’s review of health and care services for older adults in Caithness will go under the spotlight next week. People are being invited to an afternoon meeting to determine how decisions will be made. The redesign of how the sick and the infirm are looked after in their latter years includes how best to provide care for people with dementia and those in need of palliative care.

THURSO library is likely to remain closed until next year after it was revealed repair work has still not started – despite the building being shut for almost 18 months. It was originally estimated the building in Davidson’s Lane would reopen last month, after being close in January 2013. But High Life Highland which operated the library on behalf of building owners, Highland Council, said the contract for the repair work has not yet been awarded. As a result, it is likely the building will stay shut until the beginning of next year before it is deemed safe to enter once again.

FOR over 50 years, Caithness RFC had a place to call home as the players were forced to change in a wooden hut before and after every match. But now they are the proud owners of what is considered one of the best sports facilities in the far north, following the completion of their new clubhouse earlier this year.

EXCITING plans by Scottish Hydro Electric Tranmission are currently being weighed up by energy regulator Ofgem. SHE Transmission which owns the high voltage transmission network serving the north of Scotland has been developing proposals to allow the north’s world-leading wind wave and tidal resources, to be harnessed successfully. The proposed scheme is centred on a major new underground and subsea transmission cable which would run just over 100 miles from Spittal in central Caithness to Blackhillock near Keith in Moray.

EVERY player at Wick Academy is to be given an ultimatum – give up amateur football or they will no longer be welcome at Harmsworth Park. Manager Gordon Connelly will not retain anyone who isn’t prepared to give 100 per cent commitment to the Scorries and instead chooses to divide his time playing for Caithness County League clubs.