Town Hall Refurbishment in Full Flow
2nd May 2006
The building enabling work for Caithness Horizons has begun, with the contract for the first phase of work being awarded by Highland Council to local firm MM Miller (Wick) Ltd.
Caithness Horizons has held its first annual general meeting and is delighted to announce that directors Paul Cariss, the company's chairman, and Tina Wrighton of UKAEA have both been co-opted back onto the board.
Paul Cariss said: "I am proud to be part of this project and as work begins on the building the feeling within the team is one of great excitement, after almost five years of hard work and dedication. The new facility, which is due to open in spring 2008, will bring many benefits to the area, not just during the construction phase but for the long-term future of the local community."
The cataloguing of artefacts from Thurso Museum and the Town Hall is well underway and the project working group are making plans for the structural work to commence.
Work on the building will be ongoing throughout the coming months, with crucial design work and surveys being carried out. The main construction work is scheduled to commence towards the end of the summer.
John Thurso MP, Honorary Patron, said: "I am delighted that the enabling work has now begun and that a local firm has been awarded the contract. Caithness Horizons have done an excellent job in securing the funding and I looking forward to the
projects completion in 2008."
Pictured is Jeanette Farquhar who is assisting Alan McIvor of Thurso Heritage Society with the cataloguing at the Forss store. Jeanette's pictured with the bust of Robert Dick, the modest baker who resided in Thurso but became known throughout the country for being self taught in botany, geology and various other subjects. (Photo By Alan McIvor)
Information regarding the building refurbishment and the project's progress will be regularly updated on the Caithness Horizons website at: caithnesshorizons.co.uk
The 2017 Highland Council election has been officially called today (Monday 13 March) with the Returning Officer seeking nominations from candidates wishing to stand in the local government elections which take place on Thursday 4 May. A total of 74 Councillors will be appointed to represent the Council in 21 electoral wards, each with three or four elected members.
Wipro has opened a new delivery centre in Inverness as part of our growth plan and service delivery for the Highland Council. 40 to 50 staff will be based at Moray House in the city centre.
The Highland Council has agreed all the recommendations made by the Redesign Board. The Board proposes a significant shift to localism.
On Thursday 9th March, the Council approved £1million additional capital monies to be spent on Highland roads. The Scottish Government, announced on 2 February 2017, an additional Capital Grant for Highland Council of £2.046m for 2017/18 and members have agreed to allocate £1million of this to roads.
The Highland Council has agreed to extend funding to two CAB projects of up to £50,000. The Mental Health and Midwifery projects provide money and welfare advice to pregnant mums and those experiencing mental ill health.
The first of the central beams to connect the north and south side of the West Link bridge, Inverness were put in place today, 6 March 2017. The centre span beams are 70m in length and weight 70 tonnes each.
The Highland Council has won a national award for a project aimed at cutting the cost of heating Highland homes. The Scottish Energy Efficiency and Health Homes Award, presented during an award ceremony held in Glasgow, recognised the Council's work to assist with reducing energy use in Highland homes through the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland - Area Based Scheme (HEEPS-ABS) and the particular drive to identify and assist homes that are in fuel poverty or vulnerable to the cost of energy.
A paper going to the Council meeting on 9 March will propose a £1 million spend of additional capital monies on roads infrastructure. The Scottish Government, announced on 2 February 2017, an additional Capital Grant for Highland Council of £2.046 million for 2017/18 and a paper to council will ask members to consider whether to allocate £1 million of this to roads.
The Redesign Board met on 28 February to agree its recommendations on the redesign of the Council. The Board proposes a significant shift to localism.
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