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Major Investment in Wick by The Highland Council
Three contracts, valued at a total of 375,000, have been awarded by Highland Council to local contractors for work in Wick commencing early in the new year.

Gunns of Lybster have been awarded a contract to construct the new Wick recycling centre on land next to the existing TEC services refuse depot on the airport industrial estate. Work is due to commence on 10 January and is expected to take around 10 weeks. The site is due to open in April 2005.The scheme forms part of the Council's Waste Strategy and utilises Scottish Executive funding.

A & W Sinclair of John O~Groats have the contract to widen Shore Lane, a scheme to assist the traffic flow between Louisburgh Street and the High Street. This route has become busier since the pedestrian priority scheme was introduced in the High Street and Market Square. Shore Lane will be closed to through traffic for the 12-week duration of the works and a diversionary route will operate along Willowbank and Scalesburn. The Council would like to apologise for any disruption this causes. The scheme is Financed from the Council's TEC services Area Minor Works budget.

The third contract, also won by A & W Sinclair, is for the reconstruction of the Black Stairs, as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative in Pultneytown, using European funding. The contract will start as soon as approval is received from Historic Scotland, who have to be consulted because the steps are ~listed~. It is proposed to incorporate a landing at the mid point of the steps, for safety reasons and to improve access to the Elyss Lyall dance school.