Dounreay pledges £700,000 to help economy adjust
July 08, 2011
Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has allocated almost £700,000 this year for projects to help the economy of Caithness and North Sutherland adjust to site closure.
The scope of work is laid out in the site’s annual socio economic plan published today.
DSRL’s programme is funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in support of its socio economic policy and forms part of the nuclear industry's support for the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership.
The NDA last year made available £4 million to support projects in the area and will continue to support other initiatives in addition to funding DSRL's programme.
Key objectives for DSRL's socio economic team in 2011/12:
- Complete the DSRL workforce transition strategy
- Support the training department accommodation strategy
- Assist the commercial department with development of community benefit clauses in the procurement process
- Complete preliminary feasibility work for a potential commercial opportunity
- Support the offsite relocation of the apprentice training department
- Continue to understand future skills needs
- Investigate lifetime plan opportunities which could bring socio economic benefit to the area
- Complete support to the North Highland College engineering skills centre project
- Support Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership on appropriate high priority projects
- Administration of the Dounreay Communities Fund
- Establish the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund and maintain governance role during its operation.