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Thurso town centre set for £40,000 upgrade

By Jean Gunn

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Thurso's pedestrian precinct will be enhanced. Picture: DGS
Thurso's pedestrian precinct will be enhanced. Picture: DGS

CAITHNESS civic leader Willie Mackay has welcomed the news that Thurso has secured £40,000 towards the upgrading of the town centre.

Councillor Mackay said: "I am absolutely delighted that Thurso Community Development Trust's application has received £40,000 which will be used to enhance the precinct in the town centre. I think largely this money will go towards fingerpost signs and greenscaping to make the precinct that bit more attractive to visitors as well as locals."

Trust development officer Joan Lawrie said it was a great way to kick-start the new year.

Following meetings on the Thurso upgrade project last year the trust made an application to the Scottish Government's Town Centre Regeneration Fund and members were delighted when the announcement was made that they had been awarded £40,000.

The money will go towards wayfinding signage (fingerpost signs), the replacement of the noticeboard in the precinct with an electronic version and greenscaping throughout the pedestrian area with new low-level planters on which the Thurso Grows team will work.

The development trust has also been successful with Green Health Partnership funding and will be running a programme of activities to encourage people to get outdoors, including walks and environmental activities.

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