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SCAM Alert from Carradale Surgery (29/11/21)

We have been alerted  this afternoon  that a patient received a call from 02038404675. The man had an unrecognisable accent and claimed to be from Carradale Surgery. He asked very intimate questions and wanted to know what medications the patient was on. This is extremely concerning for all concerned and we would like to reassure you that only local surgery staff should be contacting you about medications.

SSEN Public exhibition of proposed Crossaig North Substation (20/11/21)

To be held on Wednesday 1 December at Carradale Village Hall from 1-7 pm

Carols Around the Christmas Tree (18/11/21)

East Kintyre Community Council would like to invite everyone to a little outdoor get together singing Carols around the Carradale Christmas Tree. Saturday 11 December at 6.30pm Hopefully Santa will not be too busy and may make a special appearance.

East Kintyre Community Fund – MOWI Scotland Ltd (7/11/21)

We are very pleased to report that the East Kintyre Community Fund has received a 2021 Community Benefit payment of £20k from MOWI Scotland Ltd. The funds will be held for distribution by EKCF, sitting along with a MOWI representative and details of how to access these funds for community projects will be announced by EKCF Trustees in due course.

MOWI Scotland Ltd has operated a salmon farm at Carradale for over a decade and the East Kintyre community greatly appreciates MOWI’s support. The £20k MOWI Community Benefit payment in 2020, greatly helped towards the refurbishment and running of Carradale Community Shop.

The East Kintyre Community Fund (registered with OSCR) was set up to enable the distribution of Community funds from windfarms, other renewable developments and funds from other sources, to community groups or organisations within the area of East Kintyre to undertake projects. Full details of EKCF can be found at http://eastkintyre.org/East-Kintyre-Community-Fund.php

Public Consultation - Auchnasavil Battery Storage Proposals (1/11/21)

There is a public consultation in the Carradale village hall on Thursday 4 November from 1500 till 1900 hrs please come along and have a look please or following the link: Auchnasavil Battery Storage

EKREG CARES Enablement Grant (BaT3 CSO) Monthly Report (31/10/21)
  • Preparations for the SPR-CBF negotiations

'Shopper-Aide' Monday Social Club (27/10/21)

Coming soon! The club is aimed at our senior community. Those who haven't been out much recently, for a variety of reasons. Maybe you don't have transport, or have been worried due to Covid. Let us help. We can provide transport and help you to become more social again. Do you know a friend, family member or neighbour who would benefit. Please spread the word.

Every Monday 1-3pm @ Carradale Village Hall. Transport provided. Limited spaces.

Contact Fiona to find out more information or to reserve your place. 07976 901465

Inveraray to Crossaig Reinforcement Project Newsletter (26/10/21)

The October 2021 Newsletter has now been released by SSE.

Narachan Windfarm Application (22/10/21)

Energiekontor UK Ltd have recently submitted Further Environmental Information (FEI) to the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government in respect of our Narachan Wind Farm project, inland of Tayinloan in Argyll and Bute. The amendments formally reduce the scheme from 17 turbines to 11 turbines, whilst retaining a 180m tip height, introducing a revised and reduced aviation lighting scheme, a new Habitat Management Area, new information on peat, and revised and amended assessment with regards to these changes (including the submission of a comprehensive Landscape and Visual assessment). In line with FEI usual practice, we have updated those parts of the original 2019 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which had potential to be amended, and the FEI should be read alongside the EIA to understand which parts have been superseded. The amendments are a direct response to comments and objections to the December 2019/January 2020 submission.

The consultation period will end on 21st November 2021 unless otherwise agreed with the ECU.

The full case is available on the Energy Consents Website under application reference ECU00001884 – pages 15 to 26 represent the FEI submission.

Energiekontor UK Ltd have also uploaded some brief explanatory slides to their project website at https://www.energiekontor.co.uk/our-projects/narachan

CCT Bikes available for a donation (13/10/21)

Following the closure of Bikes and Buggies, the CCT board have sadly, after much discussion, taken the decision to wind up Bikes and Buggies. The decision was also taken to offer the “All terrain” bikes to members of the local community first prior to passing on to another charity.

The adult bikes are Trek 3900 with disc brakes, the junior bikes are Treck MT track 220 with 24” wheels.

We can therefore now offer these bikes for a donation to Carradale community funds to be used in future developments beneficial to the community. The photos show a couple of examples: they need a clean and, although basically functional, will require a check over before use. The suggested donation would be £50 for an adult bike and £25 for a junior bike.

All requests should be sent to  carradalect@gmail.com and should be received by Friday 29th October.

SSE Marine Licence Application - Cable Replacement - Carradale to Arran (13/10/21)

The above application is now open for public consultation.

  • Application reference number: 00009441
  • Application stage: Application
  • Applicant name: Scottish and Southern Energy
Carradale Community Trust Seeks New Tenant for Network Cafe (09/10/21)

As many of you may have already have heard, Lesley and Darren Freeman have sadly, after much soul searching, decided to “call it a day” in Dottie’s.

This comes after being the most superb hosts and friends to many who visited the café – serving delicious bakes and meals to all visitors! - they will be sorely missed and we give them our thanks (and that of the community). We send our very best wishes for the future.  

The café is well equipped and has been extremely popular and well-attended throughout the summer – this is due, in no small way, to the present tenants and all the hard work they have put in.     

We are determined that the café should continue to welcome local folk and holiday makers this coming year as a central part of our community. To that end, we now invite any parties interested in leasing the café for the coming year (and hopefully beyond), to contact us by email with a brief note of their forward plan, their experience in this field, and any further relevant information. 

The café has had a considerable makeover this Spring and is ready to go! 

WE ASK THAT ALL EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ARE NOTIFIED TO THE CCT BOARD BY Friday 29th OCTOBER AT THE LATEST.

Please contact us via email if you have any questions or want to know more.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Applications should be sent to: Hamish Hunter: carradalect@gmail.com

Carradale Community Composting - (06/10/21)

The site at Seneval is temporarily closed while while we prepare the bins for winter and plan for next year.

EKREG CARES Enablement Grant (BaT3 CSO) Monthly Report (30/09/21)
  • Received QMPF review report on the SPR termsheet
  • Meeting with 3 impacted Community Councils to discuss BaT3 termsheet & negotiations.
  • Wrote a briefing document for Scottish Government on how changes to the tax laws on land in Scotland could be used to mandate CSO, ensuring a level playing field for all.
Carradale Village Hall Activities Resume (25/09/21)

A big round of applause to Carradale Village Hall Management Committee who have been very busy preparing for the opening of hall bookings and club activities. Details are now available on the East Kintyre Community website on the Carradale Village Hall page. The club activity format is very similar to pre covid and as soon as full details for each club is confirmed including correct contacts we will update the "EK website Club Page" (pre-covid details still online for guidance!). Please all assist the Management Committee by adhering to the covid -19 guidelines so activities can open and continue in a safe and friendly environment.

Dottie's Cafe Closes (22/09/21)

It really is with a heavy heart that I have to let you all know that sadly we are closing the doors on Dottie’s. Darren working at the cafe was only ever a temporary measure , as a family we needed him to return to his proper job to keep our household income through the winter months. Running the cafe single handed is not sustainable so the only choice left to us is to close up . It really has been a fabulous summer and I hope that you have all loved it as much as us.  We would like to thank Hamish Hunter for the support and drop of a hat assistance he’s given us and to each of you who has helped and supported us when we have needed it you know who you are !  And a great big thank you to our very own Zoe , she really has witnessed every shade of emotion on this crazy ride and always wore a smile . Thank you for all your hard work lovely .Thank you all once again Lesley and Darren.

East Kintyre Website Celebrates 2nd Birthday (01/09/21)

Our website "eastkintyre.org" has just celebrated its second birthday! It is funded jointly by East Kintyre Community Council (EKCC) and Carradale Community Trust (CCT), managed by a volunteer and fast becoming a go to directory for local organisations, businesses, clubs etc. Over two years we have had over 8,000 visitors and over 40,000 page views!! 

The site proved a useful local central point during Covid-19 lockdown and it is good to see as life moves to a new normality that club and event information is starting to populate the Community Calendar. The East Kintyre Community is a very proactive one and the website showcases many projects past and present. If you have not yet had a look, then browse the pages to see all the work the various groups/businesses have done, are currently doing and are planning. We hope you continue to enjoy using the website as a directory for community information. A big thank you to all who look after local Facebook pages and websites (there are a lot of them!!) as this aids managing the eastkintyre.org website so much easier!

Carradale Harbour Day Success (28/08/21)

Well done to the organisers and all who made this year's Harbour Day another great success for all. For photos of the day please check out Carradale Harbour Facebook page.

East Kintyre Community Fund (EKCF) (25/08/21)

EKCF is a charity registered with OSCR (SC050650) in 2021 with the purpose of distributing community funds from windfarms and other sources to community groups and organisations in East Kintyre. Further details of the charity’s purposes and objectives, as well as the criteria that projects will require to meet, can be found by following the links on the EKCF page. The current EKCF trustees are the 3 East Kintyre Community Council office bearers plus Rob Lee (Chair), Russ Baum (Secretary) and Alasdair Bennett (Treasurer).  

 It is intended that all future Community Benefits from windfarms and other sources will be channelled into this fund along with revenues generated by Community Shared Ownership in renewable developments that impact on East Kintyre. The fund is not to be confused with the East Kintyre Windfarm Trust, which sits under the auspices of the Argyll and Bute Windfarm & Renewable Trust and distributes funds from existing windfarms. NOTE - When the fund opens the public will be notified and an application form, along with guidance and criteria, will appear on these pages.

CCT Special Members Meeting & AGM Notice (10/8/21)

Notice is hereby given of a Special Members Meeting of Carradale Community Trust to be held in Carradale Village Hall on 1st September 2021 at 7 pm for the purpose of passing the undernoted Special Resolution to be followed immediately thereafter by the Annual General Meeting

SPECIAL RESOLUTION: That the Constitution of Carradale Community Trust approved by OSCR on 12th December 2016 as amended and approved by OSCR on 20th July 2018, as further amended on 4th October 2018 and as further amended on 6th March 2019 shall be replaced by a new Constitution, a copy of which has been circulated to members and is also placed before the meeting. Proposed Constitution and a series of policy documents which support the operations of the CCT.

All members are encouraged to attend the meeting or to give their proxy to someone who can attend (Proxy Form).

At the AGM, elections will be held for the appointment of trustees. This is an opportunity for you to become involved in the activities of the Community Trust and have a say in the future of our community.

Carradale Music Festival 2022 Date Announced (09/08/21)

After such uncertain times and the disappointment of having to cancel the festival twice due to COVID-19, CMF are DELIGHTED to announce that Carradale Music Festival will return on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th of April 2022. CMF2022 will see the amazing Skerryvore headline our Main Stage, along with return of festival favourites Trail West. Also joining the lineup are - Ceòl an Aire, Rhuvaal, Atlantic Reel, Iain Wilson, Calum Jones plus many more to be announced in the coming months. Ticket sales go LIVE from Friday 1st of October at 6pm via Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../carradale-music-festival

Shop Reflection and Appreciation Message (08/08/21)

Dear Carradale Community,

We would like to take this opportunity to reflect and appreciate how things have progressed since opening the shop at the start of June. It wasn't just the move from the temporary shop that proved to be challenging: the admin and day to day running of our brand new shop meant that occasional disruptions and teething problems have, of course occurred. In addition, the shop opened at the start of the summer season, when demands on the local community are at their highest.

We want to commend the staff, the volunteers and the local community for meeting these challenges face on. Their dedication to making this shop work in invaluable.

After studying sales figures, noting the extended range of products, by a third so far, and that we have a gorgeous place in which to shop, it's safe to say , the shop is going from strength to strength. While the stock flies off the shelves and the deliveries come rolling in, all in inevitable admin is expertly handled by our shop manager Tracey.

I 'm sure we're all in agreement, the convenience of visiting the post office and shop in the same location is very handy. A lot of thanks should be given to Mary, for her patience during the move and her dedication since.

It can't be stressed enough, that none of this was possible. nor can continue without the help, support and commitment from our volunteers. whether it is serving on the till, collecting orders, stocking shelves, cleaning or all the other countless things they do, We hope they realise the effort is so appreciated by all, from customers, through to management and the whole community.

Kind Regards,

Carradale Community Shop

Dancing in the Rain! (05/08/21)

At last, some rain for hard pressed farmers, those on private water supplies and for gardeners in general!

East Kintyre are very lucky to have access to rain statistics kindly provided by Margaret Leighton our very keen weather watcher at Waterfoot. The reports shows that the rainfall over the last four months (April- July inc) has been well below the monthly average 1/3 of normal rainfall.  No wonder there has been so much worry and concern in our  community especially amongst those most seriously affected. The few showers in the area have been very “hit and miss” and localised. The exceptionally low rainfall in July fell in basically just two recordings on the 5th & 28th. Significant dry spells were in March 30th-3rd April; also 14th-17th; & 21st-30th   May 4th-7th & 16th-19th.  June 30thMay-8th June also 17th-21st & 25th- 4th July   and the longest July 6th- 27th July. The dry spell broke yesterday, August 4th with 7.4 mm recorded and the total so far today Aug 5th at 14:30 is 7.8 mm. So rainfall in the past 24 hours has already exceeded the entire rainfall we had in July. The rainfall total so far in 2021 (for the seven months Jan-July) is 615 mm about 24 inches. This shows how very dry this year has been because the average annual rainfall (for all twelve months) in this area is 74 inches and at this stage in the year we might have expected at least 35 inches. Nature however has a way of evening itself out… so we can reasonably expect the latter part of this year to have above average rainfall.  A note of caution our weather statistics only go back 21 years as it was in 2000 that we started recording in earnest. Locals in the area do say though, that they have not known it to be this dry for well over 50 years.  We hope that for those in need, sufficient rain will fall to replenish their much needed supplies.

EKREG CARES Enablement Grant (BaT3 CSO) Monthly Report (31/07/21)
  • Further engagement with SPR over the termsheet. 
  • Engagement with the 3 Community Councils to give update on the termsheet 
Cricket Celebrates Freedom (1/8/21)

There is a friendly match to be played at Carradale Cricket Club on Sunday 8th August 2021 from 11.30 am (Whites or equipment not essential). All welcome of any standard for a guaranteed fun match. (NB. due to the Hardball restrictions, sorry, no children). Teas, cakes and sandwiches. All welcome. Phone Jonathan 01586 552427

Have a great time. Be a great visitor. (27/07/21)

Are you planning a trip to East Kintyre in your Caravan, Motorhome or tent? Please click here to find some helpful information

Share the Wind Plea (23/07/21)

Windfarms are our future. Help make them a force for good in your community by signing the petition. Petition number PE1885: Make offering Community Shared Ownership mandatory for all windfarm development planning proposals. Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make Community Shared Ownership a mandatory requirement to be offered as part of all planning proposals for windfarm development. https://petitions.parliament.scot/petitions/PE1885

Harbour Dates Confirmed (04/07/21)

The key dates are confirmed for Carradale Harbour Day (Saturday, 28 August 2021) and The Great Carradale Canter (Sunday, 26 September 2021)

EKREG CARES Enablement Grant (BaT3 CSO) Monthly Report (30/06/21
  • Application for extra marketing funds from the Cour Windfarm Community Benefit Funds, for the Lussa share offer was made and was successful.  Tender for the video production (to be paid for by the extra funds secured from Cour) were run and a decision made and communicated. 
SPR -COP26 Community Benefit Challenge (21/06/21)

As a principal partner for the COP26 climate summit being held in Glasgow this November, SPR are inviting community groups eligible to apply to ScottishPower Renewables’ community benefit funds across the UK to bring forward Net Zero initiatives for the chance to access additional funding through our COP26 Community Benefit Challenge.

Thank You (18/06/21)

Thanks to everyone who has visited the new shop over the last couple of weeks. Your support and encouragement during the transition, while we get to grips with expanded services and technology is very much appreciated. Shelves are being filled with new products and fresh fruit and veg are flying off the very trendy display unit. Being able to walk round and view the shelves while shopping is such a pleasure.

Shop Update (07/06/21)

We are delighted to welcome Tracey Muscroft to the position of Shop Manager. The shop management team and volunteers look forward to working alongside Tracey while continuing to develop the range of services to our community.  We are also delighted that Mary continues to cheer us up with her smile in the Post Office.

Tomorrow the new shop opens and we look forward to welcoming everyone. The shelves have lots of goodies and over the next few weeks new items will fill up any of gaps on our smart new shelving. Good news there is a delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables due on Thursday.

The move last Saturday went smoothly and we sincerely hope this will continue, but if we do have some hiccups please bear with us. The management committee and volunteers greatly appreciate the support and encouragement from the community from the minute the Temporary Shop opened and especially as this move became reality. This shop belongs to all of us. You made it happen.

Temporary Shop Closes 2pm on Saturday....new shop opens Tuesday, 8 June (04/06/21)

Our temporary shop will close on Saturday at 2 pm and the big move will begin. Everything will be transported from village hall to the new shop over the weekend. Please note the new shop will be closed on Monday 7th to ensure the transfer is as smooth as possible.

Although we are all delighted to move from temporary to permanent, the wee cabin by the village hall has become a special place for all of us, during the last couple of years. It has been packed with so much, it could almost supply most of our household needs. Many volunteers have played their part in making this possible but 2 people have gone more than an extra mile or a Carradale Canter in their volunteering. In fact they are marathon Gold medalists. Liz.and Ian McGhie. A Massive Thank You to you both. Enjoy some well deserved time in your garden, playing golf and sailing. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.

Carradale Community Shop & Post Office (30/05/21)

Things are moving in the right direction and the interior of the new shop is taking shape. The new freezers have finally arrived. The shelves look pretty spacious and all the painting, flooring and lighting is complete. Plans are well underway organising the move from temporary to permanent shop in early June, in a manner which hopefully will involve as little disruption as possible for our customers.

The support and encouragement from the village has been tremendous. When this new shop opens it's doors, and you go in for the first time, remember that all you see has come about because you have been part of making it a reality. Carradale has always been a welcoming village with great community spirit. Over the years many changes have taken place but people have moved with the times and have recognised and embraced these changes.  It is right that we remember with fondness the history of the village, but support building a sustainable future for the next generation.  Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.

EKREG CARES Enablement Grant (BaT3 CSO) Monthly Report (31/05/21
  • Engagement with SPR on NDA – NDA agreed for Lussa Community Wind Ltd (the Community Investment Vehicle).  Awaiting signed copies of NDA back from SPR and release of the Termsheet.

SSEN - Inverary to Crossaig Phase 2 Presentation and Minutes (24/05/21)

Ian Brodie (EKCC Councillor) was asked to attend the new Liaison group re Crossaig to Inverary new power line, now that the work has become Kintyre dominant. Please see April 2021 Minutes and the Presentation for latest news.

Dottie's Cafe Opens (16/05/21)

The Network Cafe - "Dottie's Cafe"opened on 16 May 2021 under new tenancy and will be known as Dottie's Cafe.  We wish Lesly and Darren Freeman all the very best in their new venture.

EKREG CARES Enablement Grant (BaT3 CSO) Monthly Report (30/04/21
  • Engagement with SPR on NDA – by month end, NDA agreed for SPR-EKREG 
  • Further preparation work for Ben Com Share offering – collecting quotes and timelines for producing a marketing video, pulling together and submitting a grant application for the video costs & further preparation of the website and pages.
Carradale Village Hall - New Doors (08/04/21)

Check out the new glass doors next time you are at the hall.  They very much lighten up the foyer and are a great addition to the hall.

Carradale Community Composting - (07/04/21)

Volunteers are required to assist in moving materials about/shredding and general clearing, any little help would be appreciated especially users of the site.  Please contact carradalect@gmail.com 

Carradale Community Shop Manager Appointed (04/02/21)

The CCT are very pleased to announce that Tracey Muscroft will be our shop manager starting in June. 

Kintyre Communities Fight Back Against Unfair Windfarm Developments (29/04/21)

“Enough is Enough” - The six Community Councils of the Kintyre Peninsula and the neighbouring South Knapdale Community Council are saying “Enough is Enough” in the face of increasing numbers of complex planning applications from windfarm developers proposing to scar Kintyre’s wild and beautiful landscapes with clusters of gigantic 230 metre (750ft) wind turbines, with little regard for the people who live and work here.  Full Press Release details. You can view: Question to the Scottish Government on the Effect of Windfarms on the Kintyre Peninsula

New Job Opportunity - Manager, Carradale Community Shop (28/05/21)

Our community is looking for an ambitious manager to create a friendly, welcoming, customer-focused environment at  our newly refurbished and expanded community shop in Carradale, the only grocery store in East Kintyre.  For full details check out the Vacancies Page. Closing date: Monday 12th April 2021

Seneval Work Party Report (27/03/21)

We got a prompt start this morning and had a good day clearing most of the raw material at Seneval today. Thanks to all the volunteers who turned up.  There is now some compost available for use in gardens across Carradale. Come along next Saturday (3rd April), Between 10am and noon and fill a bag yourself. £1 per bag - cash only.

EKREG Ltd have signed a MoU with South Knapdale Community Council (23/03/21)

Agreement is now in place for EKREG Ltd  to take the lead and explore community shared ownership (CSO) opportunities in new/repowered local wind farm developments on behalf of South Knapdale Community Council (SKCC).

Wind Farm Fund Applications (23/03/21)

The local community Windfarm funds are now open for applications. East Kintyre Windfarm Trust - Apply Now (Close: 22/04/21); Cour Windfarm CB FundApply Now (Close: 30/04/21)

Carradale Community Trust Seeks New Tenant for Network Bistro (17/03/21)

As many of you may have already have heard, Angus and Susan Macdiarmid, have very sadly decided to “call it a day” at the Network Bistro. This comes after being the most superb hosts and friends to many who visited the café – serving delicious bakes and meals to all visitors! - they will be sorely missed and our thanks (and that of the community) go with them ; we send our very best wishes for the future. They have very generously donated, to the café, and hence to our community, a large amount of very useful equipment for which we are very grateful!

We are determined that the café should continue to welcome local folk and holiday makers this coming summer as a central part of our community. To that end, we now invite any parties interested in leasing the café for the coming year (and hopefully beyond), to contact us by email with a brief note of their forward plan, their experience in this field, and any further relevant information. Summer is fast approaching, and we will want to work with the successful applicant in refreshing the café interior and making other improvements. Therefore we ask that all applications are in by Saturday 27th March. Please contact us via Email if you have any questions or want to know more. We look forward to hearing from you! Applications should be sent to : Hamish Hunter at carradalect@gmail.comhttp://eastkintyre.org/Vacancies.php

Kintyre 66 Launched (12/03/21)

Kintyre 66 is a new 66 mile loop around one of Scotland's most scenic regions, Kintyre. Known as Scotland's mainland island, Kintyre is a stunning peninsula in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland. It's location means you can enjoy beautiful sea views from most parts of the land, as well as views of the beautiful islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura to the west and Arran to the east. Stretch your sight a little further and you can see across to Northern Ireland on a clear day. The Kintyre 66 route is designed to let you take your time, relax, and explore all areas of Kintyre and hop over to Gigha. The road lets you take in the west and east cost of the peninsula all the way from the top at Kennacraig to the bottom at Campbeltown. It's the perfect place to explore on bike, on foot or by car. With many places of interest branching off the main route, there's simply no need to rush. Check out more at Kintyre 66.

Carradale Composting Centre Entrance Sign (09/03/21)

Our new entrance sign arrived today courtesy of SSE Transmission Networks. SSE provided a lot of digger time and hardcore when we set up the site. The Hot Boxes seem to be doing well and we could have some compost available in a couple of months.

Meeting Minutes (03/03/21)

February meeting minutes for the following groups are now available for East Kintyre Community Council (EKCC), Carradale Community Trust (CCT) and East Kintyre Renewable Energy (EKREG).

Carradale Forest Group (02/03/21)

The East Kintyre Community Council, Carradale Community Trust and Forestry Land Scotlandhave formed a new Carradale Forest Group.   One of the areas we are working on together is improving access to the entire Deer Hill area.   We are really pleased to report that work will soon begin to connect the Grianan and Port na Storm car parks and provide a forest link for the Kintyre Way.   So if you are in the area from 8 March, please be aware that there may be a bit of disruption until the link and upgrade is completed.  If you wish to be involved in the Carradale Forest Group, please get in touch with a member of East Kintyre Community Council.

SSEN Transmission invites you to join their Argyll and Bute Information Sharing Webinar (02/03//21)

SSEN are currently developing and delivering several projects across Argyll and Bute, reinforcing the network to ensure security of supply of the high voltage electricity transmission network for the communities it serves and enabling the connection of renewable generation to the GB network, supporting the transition to net zero emissions. As part of our stakeholder engagement strategy, SSEN invite everyone with an interest in future electricity network plans for Argyll and Bute to join us to share with you our stakeholder-led plans for the future and update you on the current construction and operation activities in the region. The free webinar will be held on: Wednesday 17 March 2021 – 14:00-15:30 Please click here to register This webinar is designed to give an overview of SSEN work in the area and will be recorded to replay via their website after the event.

Arnicle Wind Farm Scoping Opinion Request (24/02/21)

EnergieKontor UK Ltd are about to send in a request for a Scoping Opinion from the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) for the proposed Arnicle Wind Farm.  A copy of the report will be uploaded to the ECU portal.  The proposed development comprises 12 turbines at a height of between 200 and 230m. The site for the proposed development is in the middle of the peninsula halfway between Glenbarr and Carradale. 

Cnoc Breacam Wind Farm Scoping Opinion Request (22/02/21)

Muirden Energy LLP on behalf of Cnoc Breacam Renewables LLP have sent in a request for a Scoping Opinion from the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) for the proposed Cnoc Breacam Wind Farm.  A copy of the Cnoc Breacam Wind Farm Scoping Report has been uploaded to the ECU portal (case reference: ECU00002208).  The proposed development comprises 18 turbines up to 149.9 m to blade tip. The site for the proposed development is situated over 4km to the southeast of the village of Clachan, 13km north of Carradale and 15km south of Tarbert.

Check your Listing (20/02/21)

We have recently been getting a lot of hits on our Tourism pages (especially for self-catering) as visitors begin planning for when lockdown eases. If your East Kintyre tourism property details on our community website need updated, changed or added to our community website - please contact eastkintyreevents@gmail.com with any changes. All listings are free. If you are planning to visit East Kintyre you'll find a wide range of fabulous places to stay including hotels, guest houses, self-catering cottages or houses and camping and caravan parks . . . in fact, there’s something for every taste and budget.  When we are able to re-open, all our places to stay, eat, drink, visit, shop and meet people are collectively working together to create and deliver unique experiences so you can enjoy an amazing visit, which is welcoming, safe and memorable.

Police Scotland Covid-19 Reporting Form (20/02/21)

Police Scotland have asked Community Councils to advise the community to report any covid breaches via the form online.  

West Torrisdale Wind Farm Scoping Opinion Request (12/02/21)

Ramboll UK Ltd on behalf of ESB Asset Development (UK) Ltd (‘the Applicant’) have sent in a request for a Scoping Opinion from the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) for the proposed West Torrisdale Wind Farm.  A copy of the West Torrisdale Wind Farm Scoping Report has been uploaded to the ECU portal (case reference: ECU00002224).The proposed development comprises 12 turbines up to 149.9 m to blade tip at a site directly to the east of the operational Beinn and Tuirc wind farms, near Torrisdale on the Kintyre peninsula in the Argyll and Bute Council area. If consented, the proposed development will be built under the Section 36 consent and its associated conditions.

Covid-19 Vaccination Update from Carradale Surgery (11/02/21)

We are delighted to be progressing well with our Covid vaccinations and thought you might like an update on where we are at in our area covering from Skipness in the north to Ballochgair in the south. As of today 40% of our patients over 18 yrs old have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This is made up from the following age groups including house bound and extremely clinically vulnerable patients:

  • Over 80’s - 100% vaccination uptake
  • Age 75-79 - 98% vaccination uptake
  • Age 70-74 - 96.6% vaccination uptake
  • At risk patients (shielding) - 96% vaccination uptake

The vaccinations of the 65-69 age group, and the 16-64 age group with underlying health problems are underway.

Dr Elder said: “The progress we have made in the vaccine programme to date is amazing and has been achieved by the whole surgery team and patients working together to maximise appointments. I can confirm we have not wasted a single dose to date, as we have been able to call patients on a standby list at short notice. A big thank you to everyone as your cooperation has been and is very much appreciated. Thank you also for your patience and understanding for the slight delays in the daily surgery routine work in our quest to roll out vaccines to you all as rapidly and as safely as we can."

We Need You! (11/02/21)

It really is happening!  The Carradale Community Shop & Post Office is ours and we will soon begin a comprehensive refurbishment and refit.  We will start planning for the transition from our Temporary Shop - and are going to need your help!  (Or to continue to need your help for those of you who are already involved in running the Temporary Shop). 

We need people to:

  • Become a member of the Management Committee to help a Manager run the shop.  Carradale Community Trust plans for the Management Committee to run the shop for about two years, and we will use funds from the Robertson Trust to pay our Manager. After two years, the Management Committee will recommend to either carry on as a community run shop or to pursue another model*.
  • Join our bank of volunteers supporting the running of the shop in a wide range of capacities, both customer facing and behind the scenes. This might include serving customers, stocking shelves, cleaning, helping with deliveries, checking inventories and dates, posting on facebook and other social media, etc*.  We are also going to need lots of people to help in aspects of the refit and in the move from the Temporary Shop!
  • Give us advice, support or publicity 
  • If you can help us in any way at all - or know anyone who could - please get in touch with me Jenn Lee 
CCT Buy Village Post Office (09/02/21)

Carradale Community Trust is extremely pleased to announce the purchase of the Carradale Post Office.  CCT will be launching the Carradale Community Shop & Post Office after a full refurbishment is completed - watch this space! East Kintyre will soon have a permanent shop!  

Our community would like to thank everyone who has worked so very hard in making this happen. We would not be celebrating without the generous support of funders, including: the Scottish Land Fund, MOWI, Fern Community Funds, Abbeyfield Trust, East Kintyre Wind Farm Trust, The National Lottery and The Robertson TrustLikewise, we are extremely grateful to the magnificent volunteer Manager, staff and supporters of the Temporary Shop, who have kept the community fully supplied during this hugely trying time, and have been a reservoir of hope for the future. Thanks also are owed to members of the Carradale Community Trust and East Kintyre Community Council, who have persevered in securing a permanent shop, drafting plans for a refurbishment, and delivering the first local development priority of East Kintyre.  Finally, all of us are enormously grateful to Kenny & Mary Semple, who stepped in when our initial plans fell through, generously offered the Post Office as a location for our shop, and will be joining us in the creation of the Carradale Community Shop & Post Office.

The New Surgery Couch has arrived! (07/02/21)

The couch is wider and is hydraulically operated to allow raising and lowering which will be of great benefit to many of our patients and the GP.  May we take this opportunity on behalf of patients to thank Cour Community Windfarm Fund for their generous donation, as well as donations from the Carradale Surgery Patient Group and Dr Elder to make this purchase possible - THANK YOU.

Increased Maximum CBF Grants from Cour Wind Farm (31/01/21)

We are delighted to report that Cour Wind Farm has increased the top line grant figure from £25k to £50k.  The annual Cour Community Benefit Fund (administered by FERN Community Funds for Octopus) of £102,500  since the wind farm was energised in 2017 has resulted in £410,000 of funding being made available.   To date the Cour Fund has granted £173,769 of funding to 35 projects.  Look out for the next tranche opening in early March with a closing date at the end of April.

Carradale Surgery COVID Vaccination Underway (28/01/21)

We are delighted to report that the over 80’s vaccination is currently underway in Carradale Surgery and in the homes of house bound patients.  The first to receive the vaccine from Dr Elder this morning was Margaret Campbell.  We will be following a strict schedule laid down by the Public Health Department and are unable to deviate from this schedule. Patients will be vaccinated in order of age brackets and those most vulnerable.  As your allocated vaccine arrives at the surgery we will contact you to book you in for your appointment.  We are very much looking forward to seeing you all soon for your vaccine. 

Local Housing Strategy - Public Consultation (28/1/21)

Argyll and Bute Council and its partners are preparing a new Local Housing Strategy to set a priorities plan for the next five years. The new strategy is about identifying issues and priorities across all types and tenures of housing and related services, for all residents and anyone wanting to live in the area. To make sure it reflects the residents’ and communities’ views, the council is asking people to have their say. An online survey on the council’s website is running now until Friday August 21. The survey is the first part of a wider consultation programme bringing more opportunities to share views over the coming months.

Proposed Clachaig Glen Wind Farm - Public Consultation (27/1/21)

RWE (formally E.ON Climate & Renewables) received consent from the Scottish Government in December 2019 for 14 turbines for 25 years to a max tip height of 126.5m and rotor diameter of 101m.  A request for a scoping opinion was submitted in July 2020 to the Scottish Ministers in respect of the Clachaig Glen Wind Farm proposal for a reduction in turbines onsite to 12, for an increased operational period to 35 years and increased blade tip height to a maximum 180m and rotor diameter of 140m. RWE will be holding an online public consultation for the proposals via a dedicated Virtual Consultation Room which can be accessed via their new project website from 29th Januarywww.rwe.com/clachaig-glen. 

The Virtual Consultation Room contains detailed information relating to the proposals, with a comment form available so that feedback can be provided to the project team. This feedback will be used by RWE, in conjunction with the various technical and environmental studies undertaken as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (process, to help shape and inform the proposals.  Feedback on the proposals should be returned to us by no later than 5pm on Friday 12th March 2021. As part of the consultation, RWE will also be holding a question and answer session via interactive text from the project website. This will take place on 24th February (3-7pm) and provide an opportunity for residents and other stakeholders to directly engage with members of the project team. 

Carradale Surgery COVID Vaccination Update (20/01/21)

We are expecting our first delivery of the Astrazeneca Oxford vaccine next week. If this delivery is received as scheduled, we will begin offering vaccines to the priority groups as outlined by NHS Scotland. Initially this will be to the over 80's either at the Surgery or at home for house-bound patients. We will be following a strict schedule laid down by the Public Health Department. Patients will be contacted directly by the Surgery and given an appointment time to attend. As vaccine supply continues the Priority groups will be called up in order. You may not be vaccinated at the same time as others in your household who may be in a different group from you - your friends and relatives will be invited as soon as their vaccine arrives in the Practice. This vaccine arrives in vials containing 10 or more doses, which must be used within a certain time of being opened - please adhere to your appointment time to avoid wastage. Currently, Carradale Surgery has no control over the number of vaccines allocated to our area or when these vaccines will arrive. Updates will follow as and when we have them for you. Thank you for your continued patience, and we will be in touch with each patient as their allocated vaccine arrives. We are looking forward to seeing you all for your vaccination. What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine (jab)

EKREG Ltd lead CSO negotiations on behalf of all local communities of Kintyre (18/1/21)

Agreements are now in place for EKREG Ltd  to take the lead and explore community shared ownership (CSO) opportunities in new/repowered local wind farm developments on behalf of:

Boundary Commission Review of Electoral Arrangements for Argyll & Bute - Have Your Say:

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has launched a public consultation on proposals for the electoral arrangements in Argyll and Bute. The Boundary Commission for Scotland is seeking your views on their proposals for the number of councillors, wards and ward boundaries and their names in Argyll and Bute. The consultation will run until 26 January 2021 and you can access it at: Public Consultation

Carradale Music Festival 2021 - Cancelled (10/01/21)
Message from CMT Team:

It is with a very heavy heart that we must confirm that Carradale Music Festival 2021 will be cancelled due to COVID-19.

After ending 2020 with news that the Covid-19 Vaccine would be rolling out early 2021, we were ever hopeful that the festival would go ahead in April, however, with the impact of the new strain and the uncertainty around government restrictions on gatherings and events, this sadly means it will be impossible to run an event such as this.  It is paramount that Carradale Music Festival is a safe, family-friendly event and sadly this can’t be guaranteed under the current restrictions.  Whilst we understand the decision is disappointing, we feel it is the right one to protect the safety of visitors and artists who travel from far and wide to Carradale and Kintyre throughout that weekend. With restrictions changing so frequently, we have decided that CMF2021 will not be rescheduled to a later date and will return in 2022 with another incredible lineup of musicians.  All ticket holders will be issued with a Full Refund. In the meantime, thank you again for your continued support and for understanding our decision in these very hard times we find ourselves in.  Stay safe and we will hopefully see you all very soon.

Argyll & Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund 2021/2022 (09/01/21)

Open for applications from 11th January 2021. Not-for-profit community organisations, who have a constitution or a Scheme of Establishment are eligible to apply for potentially up to £2,500 to support community projects. https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/council-and-government/third-sector-grants

EKCF Registered with OSCR (6/01/21)

The East Kintyre Community Fund has been set up (registered with OSCR ) to enable the distribution of Community funds from windfarms, and funds from other sources, to community groups or organisations within the area of East Kintyre to undertake projects that meet the public benefit criteria agreed by the SCIO and the donors and which fall within the purposes of:

  • the advancement of community development and sustainability (including rural regeneration)
  • the advancement of education
  • the advancement of arts, heritage, culture or science
  • the provision of recreational facilities or the organisation of recreational activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended
  • the advancement of environmental protection or improvement
  • the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

The SCIO shall promote (but not promote exclusively) its activities and operations to people within the area of East Kintyre. These people will be the SCIO’s beneficiaries.

It is intended that all future Community Benefits from windfarms and other sources will be channelled into this fund along with revenues generated by Community Shared Ownership in renewable developments that impact on East Kintyre.  The fund is not to be confused with the East Kintyre Windfarm Trust, which sits under the auspices of the Argyll and Bute Windfarm & Renewable Trust and distributes funds from existing windfarms. 

Message from Carradale Surgery (05/01/21)

Full lockdown has begun again and we understand people are going to find this a very bumpy journey. The lockdown is to protect the vulnerable and to assist the NHS cope with Covid and Non- Covid illnesses. Our community rose to the challenge keeping everyone as safe and supported as possible last time and are on hand to do so again. By everyone following all the rules we help our community stay safe. The good news is the community vaccine programmes will hopefully start shortly. Much of the focus from Health Boards across Scotland has been to vaccine front line health workers, care home staff and residents first. As yet we don’t have a date of when the vaccine will arrive in East Kintyre, but will keep you informed as soon as we know. When the vaccine does arrive we shall work day and night to vaccinate medical staff and patients.

REMEMBER

If you have any of the Covid symptoms below - even if mild - you need to book a test as soon as possible. Test And Protect service 

  • A new, persistent cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss or change in taste or smell
BUT ALSO REMEMBER:

if you have symptoms such as chest pain, limb weakness, speech changes and visual disturbance do not hesitate to seek medical advice.

We remain available as we have done throughout the pandemic. It is important you contact the surgery if you have ANY worries or concerns - even the “It’s just a...”.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU, Take care and stay safe.

Merry Christmas (23/12/20)

We know that celebrations will be very different for all this year.  We hope that by following the Covid-19 rules that you are able to enjoy the festivities in a safe and careful way.   A big THANK YOU to all who have volunteered for the Community throughout the year.

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.  

Road Closure on 14 December (08/12/20)

SSEN Carradale Substation Project - advance warning know that there is a delivery of a transformer planned for Monday 14th December 2020 which will require a short closure of the B842. All the details can be found in the attached poster.

Saddell & Carradale Community Advent Calendar

A new window will be revealed each day in Advent from 1st December. All you have to do is find it

EKCC Meeting with FLS (25/11/20)

We the EKCC are hoping to have an online meeting with Jeni West from Forestry Land Scotland w/c 30 November regarding Carradale Forest development. If any residents from East Kintyre would like to join the meeting or would like a question asked, please contact Ian Brodie. 

Village Hall Quizzle (20/11/20)

The Village Hall Quizzle has been released and we hope that it provides people with a challenge during hours of possible lockdown/isolation!  There is no charge in this year of pandemic—but only a certificate for the winning entry! Please have a go and distribute to your friends.

EKREG Minutes (12/11/20)

The fortnightly meetings of East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group (EKREG Minutes) are posted online, with EKREG News page updated with regular updates.

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 EKCC, CCT 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. 

Community Advent Calendar (05/11/20)

Steve and Chris have been trying to think of creative ways in which we might approach Advent this year…something to include members of the congregation (of all ages) and the wider community.  One idea we have come up with is a Community Advent Calendar! The idea is for windows around the village to be decorated (akin to the page of an Advent Calendar). Full details

Carradale Community Trust AGM (03/11/20)

The AGM will be held on Wednesday, 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.

EKREG New Toolbox promoted on LES Bulletin (02/11/20)

Good to see Local Energy Scotland informing other communities of the new EKREG Toolbox for Multi-Community Shared Ownership projects in their November 2020 CARES bulletin.

Carradale Camera Club (28/10/20)

Carradale Camera Club members shared a selection of stunning autumn images at their recent Zoom meeting. 

FLS Land Management Plan Consultation (27/10/200

Please give your feedback - Following delivery of a Forestry and Land Scotland information board to the Village Hall car park, you can also view Carradale Land Management Plan Consultation documentation and maps online.  These documents also include a questionnaire - please complete to give your input. The consultation will run from 1 November to 30 November 2020.

EKCC Meeting with MOWI Scotland Ltd (15/10/20)

EKCC recently held a meeting with Mowi Scotland Ltd regarding the recent Carradale North Farm Storm damage and the Marine Aquaculture Site North Kilbrannan Proposal.  If you wish to know more please view the Mowi Slide Presentation and the Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the North Kilbrannan Application.

Flu Clinics (01/10/20)

Carradale Surgery will be running Flu Vaccine Clinics for Carradale Surgery registered patients starting from Friday, 2 October.   The appointments will be on a Friday morning for Carradale patients and on a Wednesday for Skipness patients.Due to the increased numbers receiving vaccines this year, the Covid-19 regulations, and limited car parking we are issuing Flu Clinic Guidance to assist clinicians and patients. We THANK YOU in advance for your help in making the flu clinics run smoothly.

Going the Extra Mile (28/09/20)

The communities and businesses in Argyll & the Isles have been immensely proud and energised to go the extra mile to welcome our visitors in a safe and responsible way during this pandemic, and all the changes that it brings.  Find out more at Going The Extra Mile

Wind Farm Fund Applications (25/09/20)

The local community Windfarm funds are now open for applications. East Kintyre Windfarm Trust - Apply Now (Close: 29/10/20); Cour Windfarm CB FundApply Now (Close: 30/10/20)

2021 Event Dates (15/09/20)

Carradale Music Festival - 2/3 April 2021; Carradale Canter- 27 June 2021; Carradale Harbour Day - 28 August 2021; More details on our Major Events page.

CCT Newsletter (08/09/20)

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

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!

Mowi Looking to Expand (03/09/20)

Mowi Scotland Ltd team of marine biologists, oceanographers and data analysts have submitted an application to Argyll and Bute Council for a high-energy salmon farm to be located at North Kilbrannan, Kilbrannan Sound. The Kilbrannan proposal will create 7-10 direct jobs on site and many more indirectly within the country’s aquaculture supply chain, supporting both the rural and Scottish economies. To learn more, you can view the full proposal 

Kintyre Renewable Energy Community Group is Leading the Way in Scotland (19/08/20)

East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group (EKREG) is leading the way in Scotland to enable Community Councils to work in partnership and deliver MULTI COMMUNITY SHARED OWNERSHIP IN RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS (SOREP). EKREG Ltd has recently been successful in having their new set of Model Rules approved and registered by The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  For further information please read our Press Release and Multi-Community SOREP page.

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

It is a year now since East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group (EKREG), a small group of local volunteers, came together, as a sub-group of CCT, to explore the opportunities that consented renewable energy developments might offer the communities of East Kintyre. Full Report

Special Edition of 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.

Thank You (30/07/20)

The East Kintyre Community would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped the Community during recent months.  The Carradale and EK Covid Support Group with their wonderful volunteers have been a huge asset to the Community.  In the meantime stay safe and please continue to follow Scottish Government guidelines, but most of all enjoy life in our fantastic little community.

We’re Good To Go (15/07/20)

Look out for the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark. This means businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry in Scotland can demonstrate that they're adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place.

Save Carradale Forest (15/07/20)

Carradale Community Trust with the support of  East Kintyre Community Council and a huge number of residents, submitted an application to Register an Interest (RoI) in Carradale Forest on 15 July 2020. Thanks so much to all of you who have given your signatures.  

Our application aims to ensure CCT can work to deliver what you asked for in the survey and local development plan.  Through our Community Survey, we learned many residents and visitors wanted much more choice in terms of things such as footpath networks, cycle and bridle ways and viewpoints (of Arran, the Kilbrannan Sound and the last remnants of the Atlantic rainforest).  Many were keen to observe wildlife, especially our golden and white tailed eagles. Visitors also wanted us to preserve East Kintyre’s quiet beauty. We have been refining plans to try to meet these aims and to encourage green tourism and sustainable growth. We invite all CCT members to join us in the process of active planning for the future of Carradale Forest.  Contact: Jenn Lee, Planning Group, Carradale Community Trust (jenniferlanelee@gmail.com)

FLS Registration of Interest (01/06/20)

EKREG as formal sub-group of CCT, with support from East Kintyre and West Kintyre Community Councils have registered interest in the 3 currently-leased blocks of land including and adjacent to Deucheran Hill windfarm so that the communities are informed 6 months in advance of the expiry of the existing lease and can then decide as to whether they wish to pursue a CATS application for the transfer of these Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) assets to the community.

EK Emergency Resilience Group Update  (June 2020)

A small team (East Kintyre Emergency Resilience Group) was set up to consider the best ways to spend the funding grants announced below to consider how best to support the community during Covid 19 and times of other emergencies so that we would be prepared for most eventualities. The aim is to ensure the community is as self sufficient as possible and that people on their own or isolated geographically are able to be supported.  Find out more by reading their EK Emergency Resilience Group June 2020 Update.

SSE Networks Resilient Communities Fund Application Success (May 2020)

EKCC were delighted to be awarded £1,550 grant from SSE Networks Resilient Communities Fund to support local communities during the Covid 19. This will be split between EKCC COVID-19 Community Resilience Group (£500), Kintyre Food Bank (£525) and The Kintyre Youth Cafe (£525).

Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund Application Success (May 2020)

The CCT were delighted to receive £10,600 from the Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund for the period 16/03/2020 – 31/08/2020.  This funding to assist the East Kintyre Community area was made available by the Scottish Government and administered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their behalf.  

In awarding this assistance, you have indicated to us that you will deliver the following outputs:

Summary of Activities:

  • Provision of measures to combat food poverty
  • Provision of volunteer transport service
  • Provision of measures to combat social isolation and keep community connected
  • Provision of PPE equipment
  • Provision of COVID community welfare fund

Overall Outcomes:

  • The economic impact on Covid-19 on our community’s fragile economy is minimised.
  • Our community will be better equipped and able to return to “normal” when restrictions are lifted.
The East Kintyre Local Development Plan for 2020-2025 is live! (02/04/20)

Carradale Community Trust and East Kintyre Community Council did not expect to deliver the Local Development Plan in the midst of such an epic crisis.  However, maybe there is no better time for us all to reflect on the future and the differences that each of us can make?  We hope that the Plan inspires you to join us in delivering projects described in its pages, all of which came out of the Visitor and Residents Survey and Open Dayfeedback. Please help us in making a better and brighter future for all of us who live, work and visit East Kintyre!  A huge thank you from the whole community to the LDP team for the work involved in producing the wide ranging and inclusive 2020-2025 East Kintyre Local Development Plan.  We have uploaded the pages of the report for you to review as photos below. Alternatively if you have a good broadband connection you may wish to download the PDF file (24 MB) using the PDF link button below.

EKREG Ltd to lead Shared Ownership negotiations on behalf of local communities (11/12/19)

Agreements are now in place for EKREG Ltd  to take the lead and explore community shared ownership opportunities in new/repowered local wind farm developments on behalf of East Kintyre Community Council (EKCC), West Kintyre Community Council (WKCC), Campbeltown Community Council (CCC) and South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT).

Potential Hydro Sites in East Kintyre (5/12/19)

Five sites on Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) land within EKCC boundaries were identified as possible community interest hydro sites and registered with FLS.  To find out more click the full report at: A Technical and Economic Scoping Study of Potential Hydro Sites Based on Forest and Land Scotland land within the EKCC Boundary.  A useful report to read alongside this is "Linking Local Power and Local People" - A Review of potential commercial arrangements for facilitating ‘Virtual Private Wire’ grid connections.

East Kintyre Open Day Report (09/11/19)

A  HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for making the Open Day such a success!  We were following up on our hugely successful Visitors and Residents Survey, and asking those attending about ideas for developing our area and making it more sustainable. The event, jointly sponsored by Carradale Community Trust and East Kintyre Community Council presented a number of displays with options for the future development of a shop/hub project and our harbour. Other displays covered our heritage and sought to promote local businesses. Fish Farm operators MOWI displayed their plans for the expansion of their Carradale operation, while SSE representatives were able to advise those attending of upcoming developments in the area. Members of the recently established East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group were kept busy answering questions about their intentions to secure a degree of community shared ownership in current and future wind farm developments, which it is hoped will help finance the legacy projects identified throughout this planning process.  Full Report

Carradale Visitor & Residents Survey (Summer 2019)

The survey was prepared for the Carradale Community Trust by Project Perspectives with the Carradale community. Views were collected from 852 people with the aim of informing a later Community Consultation which would in turn help shape the East Kintyre Local Development Plan.

Following a pilot in early June, the survey ran through the tourist season to mid September using a short printed questionnaire. It was actively and widely distributed by the community in Carradale and other East Kintyre settlements, also via an online link to Survey Monkey shared on social media.  Carradale Visitor & Residents Survey Summer 2019

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