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Extra £12,000 could go to village officer scheme and repair of Christmas lights


By Gordon Calder

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An additional £12,000 could be allocated by Caithness councillors to help fund the local village officer scheme and to assist with the repair of Christmas lights.

That is the recommendation which will be before local members at their meeting tomorrow.

The £12,000 would help repair Christmas lights which were up longer than usual this year because of coronavirus restrictions.
The £12,000 would help repair Christmas lights which were up longer than usual this year because of coronavirus restrictions.

Under the plan, £6000 would be provided - £3000 from each ward - for the village officers with a similar amount to help fix the lights. They were damaged due to prolonged exposure to the elements and were only recently taken down because of the coronavirus restrictions.

The money would come from the underspend in the wards covid discretionary fund.

Up to £500 could be made available for the 12 village officer scheme which are operated by community councils. The money would help pay for their work in 2021/22.

It is also recommended that a maximum of £1500 be given to each Wick and Thurso to repair their Christmas lights with £300 for the other identified 10 groups which are involved in similar initiatives. The closing date for applications would be June 30.

If approved, there would be £17,539 left in the Covid -19 fund for Thurso and northwest Caithness and £15,258 for Wick and east Caithness.

Both wards were awarded £36,000 to support covid resilience activity.


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