Youngsters debate future of sphere in heritage consultation

Youngsters debate future of sphere in heritage consultation

Young people in Caithness are being encouraged to have their say on which aspects of the Dounreay former nuclear research facility should be preserved for posterity.

The site’s draft heritage strategy has been published today, and Dounreay staff, contractors and the general public are being invited to comment on the proposals in a 12-week programme.

Yesterday, the Dounreay Stakeholder Group received a preview of the draft strategy at its quarterly meeting. Back in 2007 the Group asked for: “An open and transparent decision on the future of the DFR sphere, taking into account its ‘national heritage significance”.

The programme formally kicks off with a presentation by James Gunn, Dounreay’s Heritage Officer, to DSRL staff and contractors at 12 noon today. There then follows what promises to be a lively competitive debate in Thurso High School at 7pm. The motion is: “This house believes that the Dounreay sphere be saved for future generations”

Two teams of four pupils each will make their case for and against the motion and the winners will be decided by adjudicators representing the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Dounreay Stakeholder Group and the High School.

Dounreay’s Heritage Officer, James Gunn, said: "Dounreay has had a profound influence on Caithness and North Sutherland for the last fifty years, and will continue to do so until it is demolished.

“The outcome of the finalised heritage strategy will help to preserve the fast reactor site’s legacy for future generations and to interpret Dounreay’s significance in Scotland’s industrial history.”

Click here to view the heritage strategy documents and to take part in our survey.