Area Committee for Caithness and Sutherland

You know those ads on television for the Northern Isles, with a ferry plying the waves with a backdrop of imposing cliffs as puffins cartwheel overhead?  As a sign of the effort – or lack thereof – made by Caithness business and community groups to promote the tourist and other domestic industries, it never is apparent that those ferries are likely to have departed from a Caithness terminus (if any income has been generated for Caithness locations, and visitors not simply opted for a flight).

There has been a dearth of such interest in Caithness and Sutherland.  In my return to regular blogging (last post, a scant two months ago), I wrote about a relative exception: the projected development at a neolithic cairn site in Shebster.

It has not been only local apathy.  Since regionalization in the mid-90s, small communities in the Highlands area have been lumped in with the heaving metropolis of Inverness; and understandably had their voices drowned-out.

After the local council elections and ejection of the unruly gaggle Independent-led Administration in Inverness, the John o’Groat Journal is reporting on a change to local governance which should make such development easier: the return of area committess, starting with those in Caithness and Sutherland.

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2 Responses to “Area Committee for Caithness and Sutherland”

  1. Francis Sedgemore Says:

    “…with a ferry plying the waves…”

    …and a soundtrack featuring passengers barfing into bags…

  2. Alec Says:

    Well, the old Wick/Orkney ferry did often have to have its decks hosed down.

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