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Caithness News Bulletins October 2004
CD Factory At Wick Closes
Recent closures of businesses in Wick
On a wider front Caithness has seen the
closure of Calder Quarry after Artesia Natural and Precious Ltd went into
receivership last week . Nine people lost their jobs at the quarry.
On the plus side the new Dental training unit will start to operate shortly at the Wick Business Park with 12 jobs expected.
But there is still a big question mark over the possible run down of the maternity unit at Caithness General Hospital in Wick. The loss of consultants would it is believed lead to other jobs being affected and that spending power in Wick would be less. A decision on the future of the unit is to be taken by NHS Highland at their meeting in December following the end of the public consultation on 9 November.
On a brighter note Wick will begin to see a huge investment by a new company likely to be called Caithness Heat and Power starting with the building in Wick of a new district heating system. A £3.5 million funding package is currently being put together for the initial work which will involve new plant and machinery, laying of pipes under several streets. Starting initially in the Pulteneytown area of Wick it is hoped the scheme will roll out to the whole town and eventually move out into Thurso, Halkirk and Lybster with new units. in addition to reducing heating costs for users the new heating system will provide an outlet for waste timber from the forests in the west of Caithness and Sutherland.