Highland Council Invests £431,000 In Home For Elderly At Pulteney House, Wick
1st February 2008
Pulteney House, Wick, a care home for 18 older people, was officially reopened today (Friday 1st February) following a £431,000 refurbishment. This is the sixth Highland run care home to be refurbished under the Council's programme of improvements at a total cost so far of £2.3 million. Residents were delighted to be able to return to the building which has seen improvements to comply with fire regulations and improved access for disabled people as well as redecoration and renewal of the carpets.
Residents were cared for at Caberfeidh sheltered housing scheme in Wick and at other local facilities during the refurbishment.
Councillor David Bremner, the Council's civic leader for Caithness, said in re-opening the home: "The investment at Wick provides modern and high quality services for older people in this area. We would like to thank residents and day care users - and their families - for their tolerance during the refurbishment. I know everyone will be happy with the upgrade of this very important community asset. Our staff involved have done wonderful work, supporting everyone throughout the period. They have done really well."
Other homes to benefit from an upgrade to meet new Care Commission standards are Bayview House, Thurso, Seaforth House, Golspie, Dail Mhor, Strontian, Strathburn House, near Gairloch, and the MacIntosh Centre, Mallaig.
Penny Cormack, Manager of Pulteney House, welcomed visitors and spoke of the high level of commitment from staff during the refurbishment. The new look interior of Pulteney House has been carried out under the expert guidance of local Interior Designer Antoinette Robertson-Carswell, who chose all the wallpaper coverings, paints, carpets and curtain fabrics.
Ms Cormack said: "With Antoinette's knowledge and expertise she not only created a warm, homely environment with a Scottish theme for the residents, she recognized the need for practicality and catering to a wide variety of tastes."
The contractor was GMR Henderson.
The Highland Council is reassuring people in the region that since Storm Caroline and the arrival of winter weather to the region, the Council's Community Services has been deploying all of its available resources to tackle the condition of Highland Council pavements and roads. The Council's gritting fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over 200 staff providing winter maintenance services.
Budget update Council will today consider a potential budget gap of ¬£33.5 million in the next financial year in 2018-19. It will take several days to achieve clarification of the precise settlement to The Highland Council following the Scottish Government's draft budget announcement.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting . The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
With Storm Caroline hitting the Highlands yesterday, today's heavy snowfall and the forecast for a drop in temperatures over the next 48 hours, the Highland Council's crews and winter vehicles have been busy in action. The fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over the coming months 200 plus staff will be providing winter maintenance services.
Wick Campus, including Wick High School, Newtonpark Primary School and High Life Highland Leisure facilities will remain closed on Friday 8 December 2017. The closure is due to high winds during Storm Caroline today which caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached.
Following the high winds forecast and experienced this week due to Storm Caroline, The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged. Roads affected by fallen trees this morning were near Beauly; Achnagarron near Invergordon and Lochaber which staff are clearing.
The high winds during Storm Caroline today have caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached. The school was already closed to pupils today due to the adverse weather.
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday 7 December 2017 are as follows: Caithness and Sutherland: Most roads are affected by snow and ice. Treatment in progress.
The Highland Council expresses its deep disappointment at the news of further branch closures by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Leader of the Highland Council Margaret Davidson said: "This will cause real difficulties for many customers and small businesses.
Highland consumers who have lost money to a scam involving payment through Western Union wire transfer between 1st January 2004 and 19th January 2017, are being encouraged by Highland Council Trading Standards to file a claim for a refund with America's Federal Trade Commission in a bid to get some or if not all of their money back. In January 2017, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million for turning a blind eye to scammers and other criminals who used its service to trick customers into paying for bogus prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products and other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront.
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