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Old December 21st, 2011, 12:34 AM   #121
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VisitScotland boss says Disney film can help Scotland

BBC News 20th December 2011

A new Disney/Pixar film set in the Scottish Highlands could help boost tourism during difficult trading times, a VisitScotland boss has said.

Brave, which has characters voiced by Scots including Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd and Craig Ferguson, is to be released in August 2012.

VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay said it would be shown in 72 countries and dubbed into several languages.

He said it would give Scotland and the Highlands specifically huge exposure.

Formerly called The Bear and the Bow, Brave tells the story of Merida, an impetuous girl who defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos, forcing her to discover the meaning of true bravery before it is too late.

Scots actress Kelly Macdonald provides the voice for Merida, and Robbie Coltrane voices a lord called Dingwall - the name of a town in Ross-shire in the Highlands...

...Mr Cantlay said he expected the new Disney/Pixar to give Scotland even bigger exposure than Mel Gibson's Braveheart amid challenging times for the tourism industry.

Yeah... As soon as i watched shrek i wanted to go to "far, far, far away"
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Old December 21st, 2011, 03:14 AM   #122
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^ Obvious Scotland is obvious though, alone it won't do much but lots of exposure does raise a country's profile.

Nice bastardisation of Scottish culture and histories there I see, looks like a nicely done film all the same!
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Highland Council leader suggests free island visits

The leader of Highland Council has said everyone living in Scotland should get a voucher providing free travel to a Scottish island.

Michael Foxley has made the suggestion to VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing.

He said the scheme would help mark Scotland's Islands, a celebration of island culture that ends in April.

He added that although ferry firms would lose out on fees, passengers would spend money during the trips.

Mr Foxley said the vouchers scheme could start with secondary school pupils.

He said: "Although there is a theoretical loss of income to the ferry companies neither Calmac nor NorthLink Ferries should actually lose out as people would still buy food and drink on board and the potential for repeat trips would be encouraged.

"There would also be benefits to mainland ports as people will require food, drink and accommodation."

The council leader said he was still waiting for feedback from the Scottish government on the idea.
Completely free trips might be too costly but at least some subsidised travel could definitely boost local economies, and at the city-dwellers end (for school pupils especially) could really boost appreciation and respect for the country on our doorstep.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:22 AM   #125
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Plans for £14m nuclear industry archive in Caithness given green light

The Scotsman, 14th December, 2012

A £14 million national archive centre for the nuclear industry is to go ahead in Caithness, near to the Dounreay experimental power complex.

• Project was first mooted in 2008 and will be constructed on land owned by the Highland Council

• The archive will create up to 20 jobs and hold between 20-30 million digital, paper and photographic records from civil nuclear sites dating back to the 1940s

The archive – which could create up to 20 jobs – would hold between 20 to 30 million digital, paper and photographic records from civil nuclear sites in the UK dating back to the 1940s.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced it is to proceed with the next phase of the project, which was first mooted back in 2008. The new building, to be constructed on land owned by Highland Council near Wick Airport – just a few miles from Dounreay, which was built in the 1950s and is currently being decommissioned – could be open by 2016.

The NDA is working in partnership with local authority to provide a new home for the council’s North Highland Archive within the new centre.

The NDA has a remit from the Government to help mitigate the negative impact on local communities of decommissioning the UK’s redundant nuclear sites.

The authority has chosen to site the archive in Caithness so that anticipated economic benefits from the project will be realised in a community which has been identified as a priority area for NDA socio economic support.

NDA chairman Stephen Henwood said, “This is a significant decision for the NDA.

“The announcement signals the culmination of an extensive piece of work to devise a strategy for the long-term safe management of a huge volume of records dating back to the 1940’s.

“The archive to be built in Wick will be an extremely important national facility and I’m particularly pleased about the additional economic benefits that will come to the north of Scotland by placing the archive in Caithness.”

SNP MSP Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said: “The announcement by the NDA to build the National Nuclear Archive in Wick is welcome.

“Not only will the archive deliver the infrastructure required for the NDA to manage its records safely, securely and efficiently but it will also create a number of sustainable quality jobs for the Caithness region.

Local MP John Thurso also welcomed the NDA’s decision to proceed with building the UK’s national archive in the north of Scotland.

He said: “The decision to start work on the National Nuclear Archive in Wick will be a big boost for the local economy during the construction phase and provide good jobs over the longer term.

“It is also an important facility around which complementary activity by The Highland Council and the Scottish Government could be planned. I warmly welcome the decision to proceed and commend the NDA for fulfilling their promise in these difficult economic times.”

Bob Earnshaw, chair of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group said, “The DSG has been involved with this project for a number of years and are really pleased with the announcement which outlines potential dates for the start of an extensive construction project as well as providing long-term jobs for the future.

“While the facility will ensure sustainable jobs it will also represent other unique opportunities for the area and we look forward to continuing to work with the NDA to ensure the benefit of siting the National Nuclear Archive in Wick are maximised.”

Highland Council leader Drew Hendry said: “When the initial decision was taken to establish the National Nuclear Archive in Wick, the Council saw this not only as a positive step forward in terms of creating high-value jobs and boosting the area’s economy, but also as an opportunity to establish a shared facility with the North Highland Archive, creating a unique asset for the north of Scotland and the UK.

“The Council’s role in identifying and providing land has been a key factor in bringing the project to Wick, and we look forward to working with the NDA to bring the project to fruition.”

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Contractor appointed for Highland Council offices

Urban Realm 12th February 2013

Construction and design firm Morgan Sindall has been appointed to build an £8m headquarters for Highland Council in Wick.

The scheme, drawn up by JM Architects, will see the existing listed council building, dating back to the 1860s, demolished to make way for 24,000sq/ft of contemporary office space. This will be arranged over three floors and incorporate the authority’s education, culture, social care and sport departments which are currently scattered throughout the town.

Clad in timber to the rear, with stone and glazing applied to the prominent frontage, the scheme will be dominated by a feature clock tower. The consolidation exercise will also incorporate the façade of the curved Stafford Place Buildings which adjoin the site and forms an integral part of Wick’s historic High Street.

David Sutherland, Project Manager at The Highland Council, said: “The development has been a long time in the planning and will deliver a state of the art facility for the Council to do its business with its customers, whilst ensuring efficient use of resources both in buildings and staff. The location is central to maintaining not only the viability of the town centre but also that of neighbouring businesses that depend on Council staff for much of their trade.”

The scheme is scheduled for completion in autumn 2014 and aims to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

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Replacement and consolidation of primary schools in Fort William continues.
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Springfield Properties withdraw from contentious Cairngorms New Town

Urban Realm - 16th April, 2014

Housing developer Springfield Properties has announced that it has withdrawn from a contentious project to build a 1,500 home new town on green field land in Aviemore at the heart of the Cairngorms national park.

An Camas Mor has been subject to a number of legal challenges, none of which were successful, and was to have moved on site next spring – something the projects remaining backers insist is still the case.

Johnnie Grant, owner of the Rothiemurchus Estate, on whose land the development will sit said: “An Camas Mor LLP is already in discussion with other partners and in the meantime is taking forward this project to the next stage of the detailed planning process with the original team and the work carried out by Springfield.”

A 30 year development plan tabled by Gehl and Benjamin Tindall architects calls for the creation of a new community on the site.
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Atlas revisits economic lie of Scotland

Scotland on Sunday - 18th May, 2014

The first dedicated atlas of Scotland for more than a century highlights how the Highlands and Islands could become the country’s new *economic powerhouse.

The new 35-map compendium showcases northern Scotland’s potential, including in wind and tidal energy, and its strategic position on developing Arctic trade routes.

An Atlas of Productivity, produced by Glasgow-based architecture and design consultancy Lateral North, shows that Scotland has 25 per cent of Europe’s offshore wind and tidal energy resources, and 10 per cent of its wave power.

The authors called for more economic development and population growth in the north.

However, they stressed the atlas was a non-partisan project, and had not been devised to support Scottish independence. Graham Hogg, one of its four collaborators, who started work while at Strathclyde University, said each had different political beliefs.

He said Scotland also had the potential to become a key staging post on international shipping routes between northern Europe and the *Arctic.

The number of ships using the Northern Sea Route along the northern Russian coast between the Atlantic and Pacific has increased from four to 204 a year since 2010.

Experts predict one quarter of world cargo will travel through the Arctic by 2030.

Hogg said: “A key message of the atlas is to get people thinking differently about Scotland, whether it be considering a migration of people to the Highlands and Islands to exploit resources there, thinking about ourselves as an island nation again and how we can reclaim the coast that we have lost touch with, or taking advantage of these new and emerging resources in the Nordic and Arctic regions.

“We are a country that is too focused on urban economies. Our perception of how we inhabit the Scottish landscape should change – many of the industries and resources of our country’s future lie within the Highlands and Islands.”

Hogg said that following the Scandinavian example, “we don’t have to centralise our populations, but instead they should be spread out throughout Scotland and take advantage of the resources we have such as renewable energies”.

Robin McAlpine, director of the Reid Foundation, which published the atlas, said: “If we want a prosperous future for Scotland, it is simply mad that we’re not properly looking at our land, air and sea resources and our geostrategic position.

“So much of our national energy and investment has gone into retail, banking and property speculation and so little into developing our transport links, bringing unproductive land into productive use or developing economies outside the Central Belt.

“If you look at this atlas in 2014, Scotland looks awfully like a wasted opportunity.”

Lesley Riddoch, broadcaster and director of the Nordic *Horizons group, said: “The Atlas of Productivity debunks the myth of Scotland’s relative isolation.

“Scotland is the gateway to the burgeoning Nordic and Arctic regions, even if our centralised population and exclusion from land, sea and coastline lead Scots to think otherwise.

“Scotland has long been portrayed as Britain’s frozen north. These maps demonstrate it’s also the Nordic’s fertile south.”
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Approval sought for revised plan for Nairn development

BBC Scotland News - 19th May, 2014

A revised masterplan for a major housing development in Nairn has been recommended for approval by Highland Council planning officials.

Springfield Properties wants to build 178 homes at the town's Lochloy, some of them on land previously to be set aside for a primary school.

Council officers said there was no longer a requirement for land to be allocated for a new school.

Councillors will be asked to approve the new masterplan on Tuesday.

Springfield Properties' revised plan also involves one fewer property than originally proposed and also other changes to the layout of the site.
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Construction underway at Wick Community Campus

Urban Realm - 29th July, 2014

Work to deliver a new £48.5m school campus in Wick has got underway as the Highland Council presses ahead with a merger of Wick High School, Pulteneytown Academy Primary and South Primary within a single campus.

Designed by Ryder Wick Community Campus will be delivered by Miller Construction on behalf of Hub North Scotland and will include a community swimming pool and library.

Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Having seen the plans for the new school, I am heartened to see that The Highland Council has worked in collaboration with Scottish Futures Trust to deliver a school that is innovative, value for money and will provide an excellent environment for pupils to learn in for many years to come.”

The campus is being delivered in tandem with a new primary school for the town and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016.
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