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Highland Councillors this week visited one of only four Home Zone projects in Scotland to check on the progress of the 250,000 community safety scheme.

Councillor Charlie King, Chairman of the Transport, Environmental and Community Services Committee, joined members of the Caithness Area Committee in looking at the project at Ormlie, Thurso.

The Council has contributed 150,000 towards the innovative project, which will see a range of traffic calming, road realignment and pedestrian friendly measures as well as new street lighting and environmental features introduced on Marr Terrace, Ironside Place, Provost Sinclair Road and Lord Thurso Court.

Councillors And Officials Checking the New Home Zone Community Safety Scheme

It is the latest initiative to be promoted by the go ahead Ormlie Community Association Ltd.

Councillor King met with Association Chairman Pauline Mathers and Vice-Chairman John Rosie during a visit to Caithness to discuss the key challenges facing TEC Services in the area.

Councillor King said: "You have to take your hat off to Ormlie Community Association for driving forward another excellent scheme for local residents. The traffic calming measures should slow the traffic down to almost walking speed and make the Ormlie Estate a safer place for people to live in. I am sure there will be very valuable lessons to be learnt for other housing estates in the Highlands."

Mrs Mathers said: "We were very glad to welcome the Highland Council delegation to view the early work on phase two of the Ormlie Home Zone Project. We are pleased and delighted with the help and encouragement we receive from them along with the other partners in the project, namely the The Scottish Executive, Scottish Rural Parnership Fund and Transforming Your Space.

"It is through partnership with all the various agencies that we have made such good progress in the work at Ormlie over the years. We are also indebted to our architects, Pentarq for the architectural work thay have carried out on our behalf."