Quite a few local business people- and a number of professional folk have found a new pension plan- buying former council houses, doing them up and letting them out, both in Wick and in Inverness. If you look at Thurso, evey tiny scrap of land seems to have a block of new flats on it! Perhaps with the big guns opening up round here the shop keepers should turn the centre of Wick into a residential area. If the town booms- the price of property will skyrocket- and they can stay in business by changing the business- with Tesco and Matalan at one end and the retail park at the other, who needs anything in between- and the new traffic warden has ensured that no-one can park in High Street and Bridge street anyway.

The name of the game is progress- evolve to survive.