Minutes of Special Meeting of The Caithness Committee
Held in Town Hall, Wick on Thursday 19th September, 2002



Councillor John S. Rosie (Convener of the Caithness Committee in the Chair)
Councillor David C. M. Flear
Councillor Thomas C. Jackson Councillor Alastair I. MacDonald
Councillor William A. Mowat
Councillor Deirdre J. Steven


In Attendance


Mr. Brian M. Whitelaw, Caithness Area Manager


Community Group Representatives:


Mr. E. DrummondThurso Town Improvements Association
Mr. E. FalconerThurso Town Improvements Association
Mrs. I. CameronThurso Town Improvements Association
Mrs. A. FirthCastletown Beyond 2000
Mrs. A. GunnWatten Community Council
Mr. P. BlackwoodHalkirk Village Council & Halkirk Community Council
Mrs. M. SwansonLybster Community Association
Mr. B. SwansonLybster, Latheron and Clyth Community Council
Mrs. W. CampbellWick Christmas Lights Committee, Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council
Mrs. D. TurnerWick Christmas Lights Committee, Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council
Mrs. I. GatesWick Town Improvements Association & Community Council
Mr. R. SzyfelbainWick Town Improvements Association & Community Council
Miss S. StewartDunbeath Christmas Lights Fund
Miss T. ParkerDunbeath Christmas Lights Fund


1.  Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were intimated on Councillor Roger Saxon and Councillor Graeme M. Smith.

2. Christmas Lights


Councillor Rosie explained to the meeting that community groups had been invited to attend the meeting in order that the Area Committee could ascertain the groups funding requirements for Christmas light displays, and possibly provide funding which may help the organisations obtain additional funding from outside organisations.


Councillor Rosie invited the members of the community groups to make comments. Individual representatives of the organisations advised the Committee of the means by which they had raised funds in their areas, and of their future funding requirements. Many groups expressed disappointment in the procedures involved in obtaining funding from CASE.


After lengthy discussion the Committee agreed that the Area Manager would prepare a report making proposals for contributing funding to the voluntary groups for consideration at a special meeting of the Area Committee to be held on 7th October, 2002. He also undertook to ascertain the current position of CASE in relating to providing funding for community lighting schemes.