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Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

9th January 2016

Week Commencing 4th January 2016

Energy and Business Services:
One of the key elements in transmitting power from renewables in the north - the Beauly-Denny electricity power line - went into operation just before Christmas. For an aerial look at the power line see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35146301

As the MeyGen tidal project enters a crucial year Atlantis Resources - the owner of MeyGen - has announced the onshore testing of its AR1500 turbine at the National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) facility in NE England. The test period will aim to prove the reliability and performance of its power train system before being deployed at the MeyGen site in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth. http://renews.biz/101053/atlantis-to-test-ar1500-at-ore-catapult

Enabling Activities:
Further encouraging news on the rollout of superfast broadband, with news that the first cabinet in Bettyhill went live just before Christmas. Properties in Bettyhill should now be able to order faster broadband services. Its particularly good to see the infrastructure spreading across North Sutherland, with continued progress expected throughout this year. As mentioned before, you can keep up to date with detailed progress on roll-out at http://www.hie.co.uk/whereandwhen

Communications:
As part of an ongoing process of helping communicate progress with the delivery of aspects of our economic transition programme CNSRPs partners work together to generate news stories for local, regional and national media. I also speak on a regular basis to individuals and organisations across the area to update on progress.

This week:
I delivered an update presentation (entitled progress and predictions) on Partnership activities to members of Thurso and district Rotary Club on Thursday 7th January 2016. The presentation was at the kind invitation of Rotarian Colin Chessor, and covered progress with jobs commitments and enabling infrastructure, as well as an update on our assessment of the potential jobs that could be created in the area between now and 2030.
A key space in Thurso has seen activity over the last few weeks, with a planning application submitted to develop Class 1 retail space at the site of the former Thurso Mart. Further information at http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NZGNHSIHGP500

Eann Sinclair
Programme Manager
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Highland Council Offices, Rotterdam Street, Thurso KW14 8AB
Tel: 01847 805211
Mob: 07717 694055
Mail: eann.sinclair@hient.co.uk
Web: www.cnsrp.org.uk
Twitter: @eanncnsrp

 

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