Regeneration Partnership Update - Week Commencing 24 January 2011
29th January 2011
Weekly update, 24th January
Week commencing 24th January
I met with Caithness area Highland Councillors and HIE's Area Manager Roy Kirk to discuss the ongoing issues regarding the future of the tax office in Wick, which is scheduled for closure in 2012. HIE remains keen to incorporate the skills represented in the Wick office into its developing campaigns for inward investment in the priority "business services" sector.
I met with colleagues from North Highland College's computing department and representatives from local IT companies to discuss the shape of future computing course provision at North Highland College, taking into account what we know of the area's potential strengths in areas of the economy such as energy and business services. I described some of the ongoing work being done through the network of local STEM ambassadors, which will be of interest to the College team. The two business representatives also described the kind of value their organisations derive from the skills taught through the computing course. Developing this form of economic intelligence-gathering will help to support the College team's work in providing appropriate learning opportunities in the future.
I also met with North Highland College marketing staff to discuss how we can better communicate some of the significant progress being made at NHC with activities that support the wider economic transition process with which we are all involved.
Advance notice that on Wednesday 2nd February 2011 Stagecoach and The Highland Council will be running drop-in consultation sessions on proposed new timetables for Stagecoach bus routes within Caithness and North Sutherland, and from Caithness to and from Inverness. At the same time Highland Council staff will be consulting on publicly-tendered routes in the area before a retendering exercise is held. The sessions will be at British Legion Thurso (10am-12pm) the Norseman Hotel, Wick (2-4pm) and Lybster Daycare Centre (7.30-9pm). Transport connectivity remains an important issue for us.
This and all my previous updates are also available to view on the Partnership's Blog at http://blog.cnsrp.org.uk/ .
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
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Tel 01847 896834
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Seven community projects are to benefit from over £80k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards. CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest funding includes improvements to youth activities, community and recreational facilities as well as progressing an ambitious project to establish a major visitor attraction in Caithness.
The second phase in a major upgrade of Scrabster Harbour in Caithness has secured up to £3m investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The funding will enable the redevelopment of the existing St.
In April 2019 Peter Faccenda took over the role of Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership manager. He takes over from Eann Sinclair who was appointment as Caithness and Sutherland area manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Weeks commencing 20th & 27th May Energy & Business Services: The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project this week reached an output capacity of 587.9MW (its installed capacity is 588MW), which is the highest output from any renewable source in Scotland. And as the construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore project comes to an end it is good to see that offshore piling operations have begun for the Moray East offshore windfarm development.
SpaceHub Sutherland: The team continued with a programme of drop-in events on the ground around the area this week, running drop-in events at the Village Hall in Skerray and the Kinlochbervie Hotel. For details on the project and the programme of events see http://www.hie.co.uk/regional-information/area-information/caithness-and-sutherland/uk-space-port/community-engagement.html Energy & Business Services: As previously highlighted, a meeting was held in Thurso to highlight the newly-established DeepWind Offshore Supply Chain Cluster.
Week Commencing 29 April 2019. Energy & Business Services: As we see positive progress with the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm development, and the development of both Moray East and West projects, a new initiative to support supply chain companies to learn more about opportunities will be held in Thurso on 13th May.
Weeks commencing 8th-22nd April 2019. Energy & Business Services: It was good to see the announcement this week by Dounreay that its Decommissioning Services Framework had gone live.
Week Commencing 8th April 2019 Energy & Business Services: It was good to see this week in the Press & Journal's Energy Voice a piece confirming the transformational impact that the Beatrice Offshore project is having on Wick. It is a timely reminder that although the £2.6Bn project is nearing the end of its construction phase, the economic impacts in the north will continue over the lifetime of the project through the operations base in the restored harbourfront buildings in Wick, which will be home to around 90 workers.
Week Commencing 25th March 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The team's weekly presence in Tongue continued this week, and June Love from the team also delivered a presentation on the project to members of the Thurso & Wick Trades Union Council at its meeting this week. I attend all of the Trades Council's meetings, so it was good to hear the unanimously positive reaction to June's update from members (see Communications below for feedback on my discussion with members).
Week commencing 18 March 2019. Energy & Business Services: I'm delighted to see yesterday's news that Restore Digital have announced the creation of 39 new job opportunities in Wick.
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