New Council Office For Caithness
26th March 2007
The process for the development of a new Highland Council office in Wick took a step further forward this week when members of the Council's Resources Committee agreed to ask four developers to submit outline solutions for the development to the Council.
At the end of 2006 and early 2007 the Council advertised its requirements for a new office to provide accommodation for between 150 - 200 staff currently based in a number office buildings in Wick. Expressions of interest were received by the end of January and
pre-qualification questionnaires were received in late February from four developers:
K G Estates Ltd (a consortium of William Gray Construction Ltd & Kilmartin Property Group Ltd);
Robertson property Ltd.;
Synergie Scotland Ltd.; and
Members were informed that all four developers have demonstrated to the Council that they have the technical experience, and access to funding to take the office development project forward.
The four developers will be invited to submit proposals that will provide a solution to providing a new Council office in Wick. These proposals will incorporate the principle of rationalising the existing office accommodation in Wick onto a single site, however, should an out of town site be identified for the Council office then separate town centre accommodation would be required for the Council's Service Point.
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The Leader of The Highland Council Councillor Margaret Davidson welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to deliver much needed improvements to tourist infrastructure to support the rising numbers of visitors to the Highlands. This comes the week after figures were published for August which showed Highland visitor attractions were performing 17% higher compared to August last year, a result that is backed by accounts from residents and businesses that the area has been hugely popular with visitors this season.
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Trading Standards are looking for young people to take part in test purchasing exercises. We want to find out which shops are breaking the law by selling age restricted products to young people under 18.
Caithness Civic leader Cllr Willie Mackay (centre) cuts the tape at the opening of the newly refurbished half mile Killimster Moss stretch of the B876 Wick to Thurso road. Looking on are some of the Highland council workers praised for the project which was done on time and within budget.
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The Scottish Government is allocating £1 million to improve school libraries over the next three years. Launched today by the Deputy First Minister, the School Library Improvement Fund will be open for education authorities to apply for funding on behalf of school libraries in their area.
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