Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
12th March 2016
Week Commencing 7th March 2016.
Energy & Business Services:
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) has advertised a pre-application consultation event in Wick next week in support of plans related to the onshore infrastructure at Wick Harbour for its proposed offshore windfarm development off the Caithness coast. The event will take place on Wednesday 16th March in Mackay's Hotel, Wick, from 3pm-7pm. More information on the BOWL project at www.sse.com/beatrice
Tourism, Food and Drink:
Good to see this week's announcement from VisitScotland Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead that the new Chairman of VisitScotland will be John Thurso, former MP for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross. John's distinguished career in the hospitality industry makes him an ideal candidate to succeed Maurice Cantley as Chairman. John has had a key interest in the Regeneration Partnership since its earliest days, and was instrumental (with organisations such Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highland Council, Dounreay, the NDA) in the Socio-economic Strategy Group that took forward the work that led to the "Strategy for Caithness & North Sutherland" in 2006. It was the recommendations from this strategy document that led to the creation of CNSRP in 2007. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-35744760
Following the recent interest in photographic and film promotion of the north, it is good to hear this week that a free Masterclass on "Smartphone Filmmaking" is to be held in UHI's Dornoch campus on 1st April. The two Masterclasses are being run by respected film-maker Robert Aitken, whose new film "Last Footsteps of Home" was filmed in the north. For more information, and to register to attend, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smartphone-filmmaking-masterclass-tickets-22646197386?aff=eac2 Venture North is also holding a one-day social media workshop this weekend, following last week's launch of the superb Venture North Discovery series of promotional films.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce manages both the Caithness Transport Forum and the Wick John O’Groats Airport Consultative Committee, with support from CNSRP partners Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd and the Highland Council. Both groups met in Wick last week. The Airport Consultative Committee heard a helpful update from Loganair’s Director of Operations on the current upgrade to its fleet of aircraft, as well as discussing news of changes to Eastern Airways’ flight schedule at Wick.
As part of an ongoing process of helping communicate progress with the delivery of aspects of our economic transition programme CNSRP's 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:
Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill continues its impressive programme of events with a Gaelic awareness day tomorrow (Saturday 12th). The event is held jointly with CNSRP partner Highland Council’s Gaelic team, and is supported by SSE’s Strathy North fund and the Robertson Trust. The event, which starts at 11am, will feature activities for adults and children.
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Tel: 01847 805211
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Week commencing 25 September 2017 Tourism, Food and Drink: · Last weekend saw the staging of the annual "Taste North" event organised at Ackergill Tower by Venture North with support from a range of organisations including CNSRP partner the NDA. Despite the less than ideal weather, the event attracted a record number of visitors (around 1,000), and a range of food, drink and tourism companies from across the north, and featured a range of activities and demonstrations, including masterclasses with renowned chef Nick Nairn.
Week commencing 11 September 2017 Energy & business services: The UK Government's department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) this week announced its latest round of awards through the "Contracts for Difference" mechanism, in which there was mixed news for area projects. The Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) development consented for the Moray Firth - received an award, whilst the MeyGen tidal energy project did not.
Week Commencing 4 September 2017 Enabling Activities: As I highlighted last week CNSRP partners Highland Council and NDA have supported Scottish Government to carry out investigation work into the improvement of the A9 Trunk Road at Berriedale Braes, which aims to improve the notorious hairpin bend. The notice, which outlines construction costs of approximately £9 million, invites prospective bidders to formally apply to participate in the procurement to construct major improvements to this important route.
Week Commencing 14th August 2017 Energy & business services: Caithness Chamber of Commerce this week ran an event sponsored by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The main speaker was Bill Cattanach of the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), with introductory presentations by myself and Sandy Mackie of Scrabster Harbour Trust.
Weeks commening 31st July and 7th August Energy & business services: As I highlighted recently, the company behind the proposed floating offshore windfarm demonstrator off the coast near Dounreay recently went into into administration. Administrators French Duncan have opened a "data room" for potential buyers.
Week commencing 26 June 2017. Energy & business services: I met Louise Smith of Caithness Renewables last week, and heard about her current role as an adviser to the "Resource Efficient Scotland" programme being run by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government.
Update Week commencing 19 June 2017 Tourism Food & Drink: · CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) this week published a baseline report on the economic impact of the North Coast 500 route which covers the whole of the north mainland. The report highlights the impact of the route's global profile, and suggests that 200 new jobs could be created as a result.
Week commencing 12th June 2017. Energy & business services: The offshore construction phase of the Caithness- Moray programme to enhance the north's electricity distribution grid has reached a significant milestone with the laying of the first sections of the subsea cable across the Moray Firth.
Following the end of the two recent election periods, congratulations to all our new and returning Highland Councillors, and to our new MP. This is a short message to update you on activities relating to the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) during the two election periods.
Week 27 March 2017 Energy & business services: Following last week's news that it has received consent from Scottish Government for its proposed Dounreay Tri floating offshore wind project off the north Caithness coast, this week Hexicon has announced a €45 million funding boost which will allow it to begin construction on the project. http://renews.biz/106475/hexicon-swells-dounreay-coffers/ The offshore construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project also progresses, with the arrival off Caithness of the huge vessel Stanislav Yudin.
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