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Community Right to Buy Carradale Forest has been denied (13/12/20)

Hi Everyone, 

I am sorry to report that our application for a Community Right to Buy Carradale Forest has been denied - Scottish Ministers Decision Letter.

After reading the lengthy response from the Ministers, my understanding for the denial is that we could not provide sufficient evidence that the community had a connection with the land. We also could not, in their view, meet the public interest criteria.  However, our sustainable development plans were considered to be robust, and we were encouraged to engage with FLS in the development of Deer Hill.  

For my part, I am not in the least surprised.  My expectations were always low, knowing full well the political pressure coming from the government's renewable energy targets, its close relationship with FLS and the lack of support from Argyll & Bute in its current approach.   

Our CRtB application nevertheless has attracted the attention of a wide range of actors, and we need to build upon this.  For instance, the Government’s own Scottish Land Commission appears to disagree with the Minister’s view on the scope of FLS’s obligations to consult with communities.  I will continue to liaise with them, as well as pursue avenues for wider public pressure where I can.  

Unfortunately, the residents of Grogport, Rhonadale and Carradale must be under no illusions: you are going to have to fight if you are to have any influence over the location and height of the turbines that are now coming your way*.  Moreover, we are also going to have fight for each and every one of the aspirations in our LDP and CRtB if they have any hope of happening. We know from our recent meeting with FLS that local planning staff have not been given the resources to do, well, pretty much anything at all.  The vast sums that FLS - a government quango - will make from the Carradale Forest Energy Offering will go into coffers elsewhere, not to support or invest in the forest or our community.  

The EKCC will keep a vigil for all planning applications affecting the Forest, whilst the Planning Group of CCT will recommence work to complete our development plans, as begun in our CRtB application.  We will engage fully with our local FLS team and make sure we include them in any discussions - and we will ask that each of you consider becoming more engaged with CCT, EKCC and the planning for our future.  

Regards,

Jenn, Planning Group,  Carradale Community Trust

*Please be very aware that the documents associated with the recent FLS consultation did not include the location of most existing or planned wind turbine developments, let alone those that will result from FLS’s recent Energy Offering.  

Thank You OMEXOM (11/11/20)

EKCC and CCT would like to express thanks to Omexom (who are working on the Carradale Sub Station) for providing secure facilities for storing the EK Community Resilience Items.  The resilience items were purchased via grants for use in a crisis, such as when the whole of East Kintyre endured a lengthy power cut in March 2013 and the more recent Covid Crisis.  The administration of these funds was managed by a small resilience group comprised of members of East Kintyre Community Council, Carradale Community Trust and Carradale Village Hall, working to the Emergency Plan. Your generosity has allowed the community to have space to keep these essential items safe and dry. 

CCT AGM (26/11/20)

The CCT 2020 AGM will be held on Thursday, 26 November at 7pm.  Full details available on CCT AGM 2020 page.

Congratulations Ian (03/11/20)

Our very own Ian McGhie, manager of the Carradale Temporary Shop is named as one of Scotland's High Street Heroes.  Ian has been a stalwart throughout this year voluntarily managing the village shop which has been such a huge asset to the community at this time.  Well done Ian and very well deserved.

Carradale Community Composting Facebook Page (21/10/20)

Please follow Carradale Community Composting Facebook Page for the latest news and work party details.

The Village Shop (30/09/20)

Carradale Community Trust is extremely disappointed the sale of the shop to the community will not now go ahead. We are grateful to Scottish Land Fund, the grant providers for the planned refurbishment (The East Kintyre Wind Farm Trust, The Abbeyfield Trust, MOWI, Cour Fund and the National Lottery), INCH, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, as well as all of those who have generously given their time and effort in making our bids a success. Whilst we wanted to put the shop back at the heart of the community, we are now pursuing our other options to fulfil our promise to return a permanent shop to East Kintyre.

£89,750 Funding Success (17/09/20)

Carradale Community Trust (CCT) has been awarded the funds to purchase Paterson’s Bakery & Village Stores, which has been closed since 2018, and re-open it as a retail, social and information hub.  Thanks to the generous support of Scottish Land Fund, CCT are delighted that East Kintyre will once again have a permanent shop.  Our wonderful Temporary Shop has been a lifeline  - and has taught us so much -  but volunteers and customers cannot wait to have Paterson’s back at the heart of our community!

CCT Newsletter (08/09/20)

The October 2020 CCT Newsletter sets out our future plans for a permanent village shop in Carradale. 

Carradale Community Composting Centre is now open for use (24/08/20)

Campbeltown Courier Article: Members of Carradale Community Trust (CCT), Carradale’s community business, were tempted to get the champagne out earlier this week after finally getting its community composting centre ready for use. It has taken the trust more than six years to complete this project following a number of delays, most recently the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The idea for a composting centre was one put forward as part of a village plan many years ago and East Kintyre Community Council asked CCT, then Network Carradale Limited, to deliver the project. Alan Walker, chair of CCT, said: ‘We are now ready for garden waste as the village tidies up in time for winter. We are very appreciative of the support from SSE which provided hardcore and digger time and to East Kintyre Windfarm Trust for funds to equip the project. This facility is very green and will benefit the village and hopefully stop fly-tipping of garden waste alongside forest tracks.’ The ground works at the site, which is located at Seneval, opposite the play park entrance, were completed by Donald McLean Contractors and the composting bins supplied and installed by Saddell Nurseries. A substantial shed is to be delivered and put up soon by Quarry Sheds, based at Minard.  The composting model is for garden waste to be deposited in one of four receiving bins: grass, leaves, tree branches and mixed garden waste like hedge clippings and weeds. Every so often the raw material will be mixed together in ‘hot boxes’ to accelerate the creation of compost. In due course this will be made available to local gardeners.

The Antler (06/08/20)

This is a Special Edition of The Antler distributed around the village. On behalf of the entire community, many thanks to everyone involved and for your amazing work over the past four months.

Carradale Community Trust Report - Seneval (06/08/20)

The village composting project should soon be open for use. This project would not have been possible without digger time and hardcore being donated by SSE.  There will be eight bays at Seneval, comprising two rows of four. The rear four are hot boxes, which is where the compost will be nurtured. The front four will be clearly marked to take your garden waste in four categories: grass cuttings, hedge and mixed garden waste, wood cuttings and chipped wood. We do not take cardboard or paper – it can be composted but really should be recycled through the normal systems as we cannot process it. The site will be under camera surveillance.   Every so often garden waste will be moved into the hot boxes by volunteers.   If you would like to assist please email carradalect@gmail.com

Thank you (14/09/19)

THANK YOU to the fifteen folk that turned out to help in clearing the ground at Seneval ready for the contractor to put in the Hard Standing and create the composting bays. We achieved our objective. The two surviving bonfires were fed later in the day and it has all gone.

Kintyre community receives Scottish Land Fund cash to develop village recycling facilities (13/02/19)

Carradale Community Community Trust receives £13,960 to buy 4.75 acres of Seneval Woodland in Carradale in order to create a local recycling facility and improve access to surrounding woods David Prag, Trustee, Carradale Community Trust said:The Scottish Land Fund has kick started our project to develop a garden composting site and footpath to the shore. Carradale is 15 miles from the nearest point to tip garden waste and this is via a difficult winding road. The footpath will join paths leading from one side of the village to the other making a pleasant walk to the shore and avoiding the road. We are very grateful to the The Scottish Land Fund for providing the funds to purchase the land for our two projects the first of which we aim to complete this summer. Full details and Asset Transfer Document 

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