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MP pledges support for Dunbeath health and wellbeing hub


By Alan Hendry

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Daniel Macleod (left), operational growth manager at Dunbeath and District Centre, with Jamie Stone.
Daniel Macleod (left), operational growth manager at Dunbeath and District Centre, with Jamie Stone.

Jamie Stone has pledged to do what he can to support plans for a health and wellbeing hub in south-east Caithness.

The MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross was speaking after a visit to Dunbeath and District Centre (D&DC) to hear about the new-build Jigsaw Project.

In March, Highland Council approved a community asset transfer for land at Achorn Road adjacent to the current centre

"It was my pleasure to visit the centre and I could clearly see the contribution it makes to the local area," Mr Stone said.

"There are ambitious plans for future developments on land adjacent to the present site, and I shall do what I can to help advance the project."

D&DC has produced information sharing packs about the development and Mr Stone was given one of these.

It is hoped the newly elected Highland councillors for the area will be able to visit Dunbeath to find out about the planned hub and to meet staff and users.

Architects have been engaged to prepare a detailed design ahead of submitting a planning application.

Operational growth manager Daniel Macleod hopes the new centre will be ready by March 2024.

Information sharing packs were on display to the public when D&DC celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Saturday, June 4, with a community event held in the John Currie Playing Fields in the village.

More than 300 people attended, enjoying tea and cake along with various games and activities for all ages.


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