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TWO CAITHNESS PROJECTS SECURE HIGHLAND COUNCIL FUNDING 29 January 04

Urgent works required at Thurso Burial Ground and Scalesburn Road in Wick have been given the go-ahead with funding of 300,000 assured from The Highland Council's central capital budget of the Transport, Environmental and Community (TEC) Services.

Highland Council members at the TEC Services committee today approved 150,000 funding for Thurso Burial ground and a further 150,000 for works at Scalesburn Road to be carried out in the current financial year.

Thurso Burial ground requires urgent work done to allow interment to continue at current rates in future years.

At a meeting, held in December 2003, with Caithness Community Councillors, business leaders, Highland Council local members and staff, the Council's Convener and Chief Executive heard how Scalesburn Road and Camps car park in Wick were in need of urgent repairs.

The Council's Transport, Environmental and Community Services, then authorised 30,000 worth of repairs to the car park and an estimated 150,000 worth of additional repair works to Scalesburn Road was submitted to the Council's TEC Service Committee and approved today.

Highland Council Caithness Area Convener, Councillor David Flear said: "I am pleased that the Council has acknowledged the urgent need to protect Scalesburn Road from the sea and include it in a comprehensive assessment of the harbour and road facilities around the harbour area."

3M worth of repairs that were announced for the Wick, North Pier late last year, will help to protect the South Pier and Scalesburn Road area. Meanwhile, however, the situation at Scalesburn Road is being closely monitored.