The first annual report on progress to decommission the former experimental reactor site at Dounreay is published today. Dounreay Review 2005/06 has been produced by UKAEA, the body carrying out the safe clean-up and dismantling of the 140-hectare site.
NORTH-based consultants Development Partners Ltd has won an £8m contract from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to manage the supply of advice to organisations over the next three-and-a-half-years. The use of supply partnering for advice provision was introduced in 2003 and its success has led to another round of tendering for the next three-and-a-half year period.
DOUNREAY DIRECTOR TAKES TEMPORARY CHARGE OF UKAEA Following Dipesh Shah's decision not to seek a further term as chief executive of the UKAEA when his current three-year term ends in November, Norman Harrison, currently the director at Dounreay, has been appointed acting chief operating officer of the UKAEA. While Dipesh Shah will remain as CEO for the balance of his appointment, Norman Harrison's role as acting chief operating officer will ensure continuity in the day-to-day running and performance of the organisation until a new CEO is appointed.
New Links for the Western Isles Sunday Services Introduced Air services to and from and within the Western Isles are to be further improved with the news announced today that Highland Airways is to directly link Benbecula with Inverness, and increase frequency on its Stornoway -Inverness services. The enhancement includes the addition of a new lunchtime rotation between Inverness and Stornoway each weekday and a flight on Sundays to provide more comprehensive weekend travel options between the two centres.
Businesses and community organisations in the Highlands and Islands are being asked to help demonstrate that European Union funding has been properly invested. The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE) is compiling evidence to show in detail the good use put to funding distributed under the EU's six-year Highlands and Islands Special Transitional Programme (HISTP).
Does your business have a project or development you never have time to undertake? Do you want to take advantage of up to date knowledge, enthusiasm and drive? If the answer is yes, the Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) Graduate Placement Programme could be just what you're looking for. CASE is offering a limited number of places to businesses in the Caithness and Sutherland area.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky is delighted to once again support the famous Mey Games which will take place on 5 August at the Castle of Mey - a mere 20 miles from the distillery and Old Pulteney Visitor Centre in Wick. During the Games, Old Pulteney will be providing whisky prizes for several key events and supplying some of its delicious 21 year old single malt for guests to enjoy in the VIP tent.
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month. Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.
Pictured outside DFR during his first visit to Dounreay is Struan Stevenson, Conservative Euro MP (left) with Malcolm Clasper, Building Support Project Manager (right). During his visit, Struan was given a guided tour of the Dounreay site and DFR.
The change in farm support away from direct headage payments means that livestock producers need to improve efficiencies in production and not rely on the single farm payment to prop up the business. Learning new ideas and implementing these ideas is the way forward.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is receiving enquiries from farmers in relation to the marketing suspension of cypermethrin, also known as synthetic pyrethroid (SP), dip and is being asked whether charges still apply for them holding a licence to dispose of waste dip whilst these products cannot be sold. SEPA's position is that the annual charges still apply.
An independent report on the views of people in Caithness and north Sutherland about radioactive particles in the marine environment has been published. The report summarises the feedback from more than 400 people who took part in a series of information-gathering events ahead of formal consultation later this year on the options for dealing with the particles.
Social Added Value Guide Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm has launched Making the Case: Guide to Social Added Value. The guide was produced by Communities Scotland and the European funded EQUAL Social Economy Scotland Partnership.
OVER 60 per cent of businesses surveyed in the Highlands and Central Belt want the A9 road to be fully dualled between Inverness and Perth, according to a report commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The survey was carried out as part of a broad ranging research programme by HIE to determine the future transport investment priorities for the region - identifying the options that will best support long-term economic development.
With an ever expanding list of products the Croft Lotions And Potions Business based right in the heart of Caithness has given a completely new look to the web site. A much clearer and simpler style has been introduced to set off the growing product range.
DOUNREAY DIRECTOR SETS OUT BENEFITS OF PROGRAMME ACCELERATION. A workforce that can safely deliver the decommissioning and demolition of Britain's fast reactor experiment at Dounreay is a workforce that will be in demand worldwide for its skills.
Welcome to another edition of the Caithness Partnership ebulletin. The bulletin both circulates information that has come in to the Partnership office, and is a tool for the Partners to share information.
A planning application for the construction of facilities for disposing of solid low level radioactive waste from decommissioning Dounreay has been submitted to the Highland Council. UKAEA is seeking permission to construct a series of shallow engineered vaults adjacent to the existing nuclear licensed site, a grouting plant within the existing site and an administration block.
Small businesses in Caithness and Sutherland are being encouraged to consider the benefits of becoming part of the largest organisation in the UK promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which is non-profit making and non-party political, has over 200,000 members UK wide, including the Caithness and Sutherland branch, which has over 200 members.
On Wednesday 21st June visitors from Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority & Russian Federal Medical Biological Agency enjoyed a visit to the Dounreay Site to learn more about UK experience in the management of radioactively contaminated facilities and related decommissioning waste management issues. During their visit, they were given a guided tour of site, PFR, DFR, the Shaft and WRACS.