Christmas Comes Early For Wick With Town Centre Funding Boost
19th December 2019
A FUNDING package worth in excess of £650,000 is in place to help in the regeneration of Wick town centre.
Wick and East Caithness councillors Raymond Bremner and Nicola Sinclair revealed the details at meeting of key stakeholders on Monday night.
The funds are committed for a range of projects designed to breathe life back into the area, including:
£200,000 to turn the riverside car park into a travel hub, including additional spaces, electric vehicle charging points, a new cycle shelter, a new bus shelter, new signage, CCTV security and landscaping.
£225,000 for the purchase, demolition and site clearance of derelict buildings.
£200,000 in-kind value of Sustrans Scotland's street design programme, which will create new designs for the High Street and Bridge Street areas.
An £18,000 options appraisal into suitable use for the former Woolworths building.
A £20,000 refurbishment of public toilets.
Councillors could not reveal the specific derelict buildings targeted in the regeneration plan for legal and commercial reasons, but told the audience in the Norseman Hotel they expect to have an update in the early new year.
When demolition and clearance is complete the sites will be transferred to the community for £1 each. A new development trust has been created which will work with the community to decide on a future use for the sites.
Second phase of Consultation on BT's 2020 proposal to remove 107 public payphones from across Highland/ With just two weeks to go before the consultation closes, Highland Council is seeking final feedback from the public on BT's proposal to remove 107 public payphones from across the Highland region. This second phase of consultation will close on 10/10/2020.
Proposals that could provide Highland Council employees with a new ‘independent, dedicated and confidential route' to report malpractice and wrongdoing concerns have received support from Highland Councillors. Following robust discussion, Members of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee have endorsed the movement of the management of the Council’s Whistleblowing Policy and its processes to the Council’s Fraud Team.
Highland Councillors have commended the Council's ongoing efforts to reduce carbon consumption over the past year. Members have welcomed the information that the Council has saved over 6,000 tonnes of carbon this year.
Virtual education in Highland - Supportive, Interactive, Engaging. The Highland Council can support and deliver education to any pupils who are asked to self-isolate by the Health Protection Team, in all of our 203 schools across the region.
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The Highland Council is calling on the UK Government to help resolve the inequity of fuel poverty experienced in the Highlands of Scotland where people pay more for fuel and energy than other regions in the UK. Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson has written to the UK Government's Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth) The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP calling on the government to replace the current electricity distribution system with one that replicates that of gas and telecoms and share the cost of energy distribution equally across the UK.
To mark Scotland's Climate Week for 2020, which runs from today until the 20th September, The Highland Council has organised a range of virtual events to share information and seek views from Highland residents and Council employees on climate related topics. Whilst the circumstances for Climate Week 2020 are very different to previous years, it still provides an important opportunity for organisations and communities to celebrate and showcase what they are doing to tackle climate change.
Highland residents are being warned that letters claiming they have won a share of £425,000 in a ‘postcode lottery' is a scam. The letters appear to be targeting the Skye area but are likely to be sent to various addresses across the Highland area.
Fiona Malcolm, has been appointed by The Highland Council as Interim Executive Chief Officer with immediate effect for Health and Social Care, pending recruitment of the permanent ECO post which is currently taking place. A qualified solicitor, Fiona has worked within the legislative and policy frameworks in place for both children's care and adult social care since joining The Highland Council in 2001.
Communities in The Highland Council area are to benefit from Crown Estates funding to be disbursed by the local authority. Councillors have agreed a funding distribution model to enable the disbursement of over £3million Crown Estates funds across the region.