Nuclear Archive At Wick
15th August 2015
The PFR stone table with the inscription 'Out of Caithness to the World' will become the centre piece of the NDA Archive when it opens its doors in 2017.
Construction of the new facility has begun at Wick and was officially opened by David Flear, Dounreay Stakeholder Group chairman, when he cut the first turf at an opening ceremony in August. David said: "The Dounreay Stakeholder Group has been involved with the NDA on this project for some time now and we are very pleased to see everything
we hoped for appears to be coming to fruition."
The construction contract was won by Morrison's Construction with Dingwall based company Crimson, selected to set up and manage the UK's new nuclear archive. Records from all the UK civil nuclear sites will be relocated to Wick with Crimson being responsible for the management of this large, unique and historic archive.
Irreplaceable information will be available in the future to support both research endeavours as well as nuclear decommissioning. The records will fill many kilometres of shelving with much of the information being converted into digital format and made available in electronic form. The NDA Archive is one of the priority projects for the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership and part of the NDA's contribution to sustainable economic development in the region.
Anna MacConnell, NDA socio economic and stakeholder relations manager, said: "The Archive will leave a lasting legacy
"The NDA ensured there is local benefit associated with both the commercial partner contract and the design and build contract. I am really pleased that the companies “The Archive will leave a lasting legacy for Caithness"
“This project, part of the CNSRP programme, showed real partnership working with the site of the archives being provided by the Highland Council in return for a new modern home for the Caithness Archives, currently stored above the Wick Library.
“The project will create over 20 new jobs and that can only be good for Caithness."
Last week, The Highland Council issued rent suspension orders (RSO) in relation to a number of properties being operated as unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMO). The orders, which have been served on the owners and tenants, mean that the tenants are no longer under any obligation to pay rent to their landlord.
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.
The Highland Council is ready for winter and prepared to grit council roads as the council's winter maintenance programme starts on 14 October. Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.
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.
Caithness Civic Leader Cllr Willie Mackay has welcomed the reopening of the B876 Killimster Moss Road. A stretch of the Caithness Wick to Thurso road at Killimster Moss was refurbished over a four week programme of improvement and reopened on Friday 29 September.
A chance to have your say. Voters are being invited to have their say on a review of polling places throughout the Highland Council area The Council has today (Monday 2 October 2017) launched a consultation over its review of election polling districts and polling places.
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.
The Scrutiny Lead for The Highland Council, Cllr Matthew Reiss responded to the decisions made today by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) at their meeting in Inverness. He said: "We are naturally deeply disappointed by the decisions today to close the Inverness Control Room and to spread the National Database Enquiry Unit between Inverness and Govan.
The by-election for a councillor to represent the Tain and Easter Ross Ward on The Highland Council has been won by Alasdair Rhind (Independent) who was one of six candidates who contested the vacancy. The bi-election was brought about by the resignation of Jamie Stone following his success in the Westminster elections He joins Councillors Fiona Robertson (Independent) and Derek Louden (SNP) in representing Ward 7 on The Highland Council.
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