Keiss Primary Get Prizes From New Community Benefit Fund
2nd September 2011
A new company has been established to distribute £4m funding from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for community projects in the Dounreay travel to work area. The Community Benefit Fund has been provided in association with the construction of a low level waste facility soon to be built at Dounreay.
Caithness and North Sutherland Fund Ltd, was established with assistance from the Dounreay Stakeholder Group. Seven directors have been appointed to run the company: 3 Highland Councillors; Cllr David Flear, Cllr John Rosie and Cllr Robbie Rowantree who cover the whole of the geographic Dounreay Travel to Work Area, and also 4 Appointed Directors with expertise in community and economic development; Koreen MacDougall, John Henderson, Shona Munro and Frances Gunn.
Since their appointment in late 2010 the directors have been working with DSRL on behalf of the NDA to establish the company and its working arrangements, ensuring the community makes the decisions on how the funding is spent.
The purpose of the fund is to give money to community organisations for projects that will increase the attractiveness of Caithness & North Sutherland as a place to live, work and invest with particular emphasis on achieving environment, social, culture and infrastructure improvements.
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund directors invited primary school children in the community to design a logo which symbolises the fund's core purpose and mission. Catriona, a P7 pupil at Keiss Primary School was chosen as the winner as the directors thought her design encompassed the fund's mission.
John Henderson, Chairman of the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund, said: "This funding is for our community, so the directors wanted to engage the community at an early stage. A good way was to invite the young people in our community to design a logo symbolising what they believe the funding will do for the area. A good response was received, but one design stood out from the rest. Much work has been done over the last nine months by the directors, NDA and DSRL to prepare for the launch of the fund later this year."
Maureen Miller, Acting Cluster Head Teacher at Keiss Primary School, said: "Catriona, the pupils and staff of Keiss Primary School were delighted to be informed of Catriona's winning design. Not only was Catriona awarded for winning but the school won an Xbox Console which all the pupils will benefit from. Hopefully many more in the community will benefit from this fund."
Directors John Henderson and Koreen MacDougall presented the prize of £50 Argos voucher to Catriona and a Xbox Console with Kinect Sensor to the school.
Caithness & North Sutherland Fund will be launched in October 2011, prior to the start of construction of the New Low Level Waste Facilities.
Pictured here is Catriona receiving the prizes from Caithness & North Sutherland Fund Directors Koreen MacDougall and John Henderson with the pupils from Keiss Primary School.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is providing £4M funding via DSRL; £1M at start of construction and £300,000pa from 2014 to 2023.
Funding is distributed in line with the NDA Socio Economic Policy.
The removal of trapped fuel elements from the Dounreay Fast Reactor moved a step closer with the successful trial of bespoke equipment to lift off the top plate. Decommissioning the 50-year-old experimental reactor is one of the most technically challenging projects in the NDA estate.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the public body that owns Dounreay and funds its clean up, has published its annual business plan, setting out key tasks for the site licence company DSRL to deliver in the next 12 months. These include: - Decontamination of Prototype Fast Reactor pond to meet regulatory requirements - Completion of construction of new fuel characterisation facilities - Material Test Reactor raffinate immobilisation complete - Continuous improvement in health, safety and environmental performance.
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) estate has measured that over 21% of its spend is with SMEs. This equates to over Â£330 million spent out of our total annual supply chain spend of Â£1.7 billion.
A NEW partnership agreement has been signed to develop and deliver training required at the Dounreay site during decommissioning work and help staff gain the qualifications they need to transfer to other employment sectors as the site closure progresses. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL), responsible for the clean-up and demolition of Britain's former centre of fast reactor research and development, has established a memorandum of understanding with North Highland College UHI and the University of the Highlands and Islands to help close collaboration working and academic links across further and higher education and the nuclear industry.
The regeneration of Wick will be given another boost if the planning committee on 24th March 2015 as expected approve the building of a new Archive Centre for Nuclear records in the UK. The Highland council archive centre currently based at Wick library will also relocate to the new building where it will occupy a small part of it.
Consultation began on 8th December 2014 on the Draft Business Plan 2015 to 2018 that sets out the key objectives and plans for delivering the NDA priorities over the next three years. The total planned expenditure for 2015/16 is Â£3.31 billion, of which Â£2.09 billion will be funded by UK government and Â£1.22 billion by income from commercial operations.
Public consultation continues on NDA's plan for a nuclear archive at Wick in Scotland. It will house over 70 years' worth of historic information from across UK's civil nuclear industry.
Last week saw the last of the Dounreay Materials Testing Reactor (DMTR) control room panels shipped off site and transferred to their new home in local five-star visitor attraction Caithness Horizons. The control room panels and control desk have been donated to Caithness Horizons and reconstructed at the museum to form the basis of a new permanent exhibition representing Dounreay's significant part in Scotland's industrial heritage.
Pre-qualification to find a contractor to build a new national nuclear archive in Wick has commenced, it has been announced. The total cost of the new archive is in the region of Â£17 million.
Almost 800 delegates have already signed up to attend the NDA estate's 2014 event for suppliers in November - but there is still room for several hundred more visitors. The exhibition hall meanwhile is approaching full capacity, providing delegates with the opportunity to meet with 260 companies from across the supply chain.
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