… or the absence of them. Until 2006, the Dounreay Sports and Social Club ran from the Viewfirth building on Brownhill. When I returned to Thurso in 2008, one of the first sights which struck me was that this old Victorian schoolmaster’s house had been levelled: after becoming self-funding, the DSSC was unable to run at a profit even with a bar.
With the costs of renovation being too high, the site was levelled. A planned community group, as Dounreay Stakeholders Group (suceeded by the Viewfirth Redevelopment Steering Group, to establish a new social club came to nowt.
Although I have found the museum at Caithness Horizons interesting enough, and the building continues to host community events/displays, it was a major loss of social space; leaving the largest town north of Inverness with little more social buildings than the British Legion.
Further opportunities for boredom came in September 2009 when the All Star Factory cinema and bowling alley closed after more sudden financial problems. The site was sold at auction in March 2010 for 1/3 of the asking price.
For once, the previous owners did not purchase the site. Purchased by Gunns of Lybster, there was a desire to turn at least some of the site into commericial and student rented accommodation. But, the kybosh appears to have been put on it: and it now sits for rent.
If the Viewfirth Redevelopment Steering Group still is active, why not there?