John O Groat Journal headlines for February 2016

QUESTIONS about funding for equipment at the new 48.5 million Wick High School are being met by a wall of silence. That is the claim made yesterday by Iain Baikie, chairman of the schools parent council. He is concerned the budget for books, computers, internet resources and other items may be cut, because of delays and the increased cost of the building.

DOUNREAY Site Restoration Limited has signed a 27 million deal with a Northern Irish firm to build concrete containers to store low level waste from the site.

SSE is to carry out temporary emergency repairs to a number of rural roads in Caithness where it accepts damage has been caused by HGV traffic, associated with the clutch of major constructions projects it is involved in.

A FUNDING reprieve for the Citizens Advice Bureau was yesterday described as fantastic news. The decision means funding for special services for pregnant women and people with mental health issues, will continue until April 2017. It was due to be scrapped as part of 40m savings to be made by Highland Council in the coming year.

PEOPLE who commit parking offences should be prosecuted in court according to Thurso Community council chairman Mike Potts. He said having people appear in the dock would act as a deterrent and be more effective than simply giving a parking ticket.

A WICK bridal boutique has been named a finalist at the Scottish Wedding Awards 2016. Simply Bliss is up against some of Scotland's best, in the Wedding Boutique of the Year North category, after receiving mountains of nominations from its customers.