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13 November 06
Three Caithness communities, whose elderly water mains have deteriorated, causing bursts and supply interruptions, have been targeted for investment by Scottish Water. Work is getting underway this week (w/b 13 Nov) in Halkirk. 180 metres of pipe in the Sinclair Lane area is to be replaced. Work is also due to get underway in the coming weeks in the Elzy Road area of Staxigoe and the Green Road area of Wick where several hundred metres of pipe is earmarked for replacement. Andy Barnett, project manager for Scottish Water Solutions, said: "Together these projects are worth about 60,000 - a substantial investment which will benefit customers in these areas. The existing mains are thought to be up to 60 years old and are made from a mixture of cast iron, cement and plastic. The new pipes are made from more durable material and will serve these communities well for many years to come."

9 November 06
Convener Seeks Executive Help with Council Flood Bill

The Convener of The Highland Council, Councillor Alison Magee, has written to First Minister, Jack McConnell, seeking help from the Scottish Executive in meeting the bill for the recent flood damage in the Highlands. Councillor Magee said initial estimates suggest the Council will need to find in excess of 4 million capital funding simply to reinstate the damaged roads infrastructure. Substantially more would be required if the Council was to make preventative improvements. The Council was also anticipating additional costs of approximately 500,000 associated with damage to property. She first raised the issue with the First Minister at the Highlands and Islands Convention on Monday 30 October at Forres.

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This picture from the fireworks in Thurso last night was sent in by Deborah Fermor


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