Highland Council issues a statement on its position on the EU
"Highland Council believes that the Highlands is a well educated, innovative and resilient area and is open tobusiness and new business opportunities.
"We will carefully monitor developments as the withdrawal from Europe begins and will demonstrate leadership for our communities as we plan and prepare for our future.
“Highland Council wishes to reassure everyone of all cultures, races and communities that they are valued members of our Community and we will continue to welcome migrants into Highland.
“This Council will endorse and support the endeavours of the Scottish Parliament to maintain and protect Highland's and Scotland’s position within the European Union."
Leader of the Council, Councillor Margaret Davidson said:“The result of the referendum on Thursday will have considerable consequences for us all over the coming months and years. This paper sets out some of the current European funding we benefit from as well as a number of risks and impacts.
“We will be working as a Council to explore what this decision might mean for the Highlands and how we can best respond to that.
“We need to promote confidence and be as positive as we can be. The drop in sterling will indeed mean it will be easier for Highland businesses to export and for foreign tourists to come and visit the Highlands."
She continued: “Council business and services will continue as usual and we will endeavour to provide as much stability as we can during the uncertain times ahead. We will do what we can, working with the Cities Alliance and community planning partners, to prepare for the future.”
Wick High School Tartan Revealed
The tartan was designed over the course of this year by S3 pupils, the Art Department
and Martin Gill of Blackstairs Highlandwear and we think you’ll agree that it is a beautiful
piece of work which we hope will represent the school for generations to come.
Work will now begin on creative projects designed to showcase the unique design, ranging
from incorporating it in to items of clothing from our dress code to products such as bags,
mobile phone covers etc.
We also hope to see our tartan used as a visual representation of the school; featuring
on the school website and other official communications.
Funding from the Bilbster fund was applied for and granted towards the costs of this project.
Has anyone got a copy of this CD its the musical map of Caithness?
A musical way to encourage people to visit areas in Caithness
It is available to buy at all of the attractions on the album, hotels, local shops and from the website
Summer holiday activities
Check out the Highlife Highland programe for activities and book your place to avoid missing out
Booking can start online from 18th June 2016
download the programme of activities here
Any groups or organisations looking for funding please check out the link below for information.
Have a look at some amazing talented riders set in some astounding scenery
Your Community Council are on Facebook come and see us
Now that the better weather is here you may be thinking of getting out and about.
Below is a link to a very handy brochure of the top places to see in and around our area, Caithness and Sutherland.
90 jobs For Wick in £2.5 Billion Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm
* 84 turbines will provide 588MW of power once operational in 2019.
* New windfarm expects to provide an average annual gross employment in Scotland of over 890 jobs during construction and is one of Scotland's largest private infrastructure project.
*The project is expected to power roughly 450,000 homes; approximately three times the number of homes in the Moray and Highland regions.
The £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project has been given the green light for construction by owners SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (35%) and SDIC Power (25%) after the project reached Financial Close. The project will be one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.
The 588MW, 84 turbine project, situated in the Outer Moray Firth, was consented by the Scottish Government in March 2014 and granted an Investment Contract by the UK Government in May 2014.
Work at the operations and maintenance facility in Wick and the transmission works in Moray will commence this year. Offshore construction will begin in 2017. The wind farm is expected to become fully operational in 2019.
Beatrice is expected to bring a range of socio-economic benefits to the local, regional, Scottish and UK economies during both the construction and operational phases. Expected opportunities include job creation, skills training, investment in Scottish ports and harbours, supply chain opportunities and community benefit funding.
Paul Cooley, Director of Renewables at SSE, stated: "We are delighted that Beatrice has achieved Financial Close and we are extremely grateful for all of the support received throughout the development of the project from stakeholders such as the Scottish Government, DECC, HIE, the Highland Council, Moray Council and local communities. Contracts have already been placed with many UK based suppliers, and Siemens intend to undertake turbine blade construction from Siemen's new manufacturing facility in Hull.
"Around £10m of investment is planned at Wick Harbour to house the wind farm's operations and maintenance facilities and improving the existing RNLI facilities. We expect a peak of around 65 jobs during construction of the O and M base with around 90 long-term jobs anticipated during the operational phase'.
Have you visited the Yarrows Archaeological Trail ?
Find Yarrows Heritage Trust on Facebook.
We truly live in a beautiful area
Sarclet looking South
Could we ask that all organisations who have received funding from The Bilbster fund and from the Camster Micro Grant awards please ensure you are up to date with what is required as part of your grant. We would ask that if you have completed your project under the Bilbster criteria you have to send in your feedback forms and copies of receipts or if you have received Micro Grant Funding we ask that you send in your acknowledgement of this if you have not already done so.
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