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Applications are invited for grant funding from the Spring disbursement of the above trust. Grants for capital or revenue funding may be available to charities, community groups and village halls within the East Kintyre Community Council area bordered by Grogport to the North and Peninver to the South.
Advice, criteria and application forms are available on the Funding pages of the East Kintyre Community website - eastkintyre.org or alternatively from the Secretary/Treasurer: Alasdair Bennett, Tel: 01583 431112, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: Thursday 20 April 2023
We all want Carradale, and the surrounding region, to remain a vibrant community that is a desirable and safe place to live. As you will be aware, over the past half-century the Carradale school register has dwindled from 50+ to its current tally of 13 pupils, fishing operations have shrunk (as elsewhere on the west coast), many family members have moved away from the area to find work etc. and local amenities (incl. bakery, pub, restaurants and hotels/guest houses) have either closed or their futures are uncertain. Moreover, the growth of those businesses that survive across the region is tempered by difficulties to recruit and retain staff, and tradespeople must (more-often-than-not) be sourced from far away and there are dwindling amenities to attract & service tourists/visitors.
Since the population of East Kintyre is rapidly-ageing, with ~50% of the local population over the age of 60, and less than 15% of the population below the age of 25, the Community Council are exploring various measures to ensure Carradale, and surrounding area, thrives into the future as the community it is. As part of this exercise, we would like to assess whether there is a need for more housing for young people/families/tradespeople in Carradale to support activities across the region and/or there is need for specialist or improved/more suitable housing for those of us who already live here and if so, what form of housing YOU think is needed. The results of the survey will help us to plan for the future.
To find out more and complete the survey please click East Kintyre Affordable Housing Project Survey.
I'm Sharon, I'm a qualified Sports Therapist with over 20 years experience (gulp - am I really that old!!) I have a small business in Campbeltown- Ebb and Flow, where I offer Swedish Massage; Deep Tissue Massage; Reflexology and the Be Activated technique. There are many benefits to be gained from body treatments, including feeling more relaxed, better sleep, reducing stress, reducing tension/pain, and improving circulation, energy, and alertness. As a trial, I am bringing my business to Carradale (I will be operating out of the village hall meeting room) if there is demand for my offerings I will look to visit regularly
WHEN - 7th Feb from 545pm
WHERE - Village Hall
WHAT - Swedish Massage; Deep Tissue Massage; Reflexology and the Be Activated technique
If you have any questions, or would like to book an appointment, please don't hesitate to get in touch, either via Facebook or text on 07879118316 (I'm not always available to take the call, so best to message and I can get back to you)
Dear Friends of Kilbrannan Sound,
The first Strictly Carradale session will now take place on Friday 10th February from 2-4pm in the Village Hall. This was originally advertised for February 3rdhowever our professional dancer Jason Barrett had to drop out. We have secured an amazing replacement in James Montgomery. His website is here: http://www.jamesmontgomery.org/.
Tickets are just £5 (or £7.50 for a couple) and can be booked in advance here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/ZjJdqMCUBspu
I hope to see you there for general fun and dancing!
Badminton has started up again in Carradale Village Hall from 7-8pm on a Thursday evening. Cost is £2.50 per session. Pop along for some fun and action - all welcome.
As some of you may be aware work has commenced at the Composting Site at Seneval with a view to reopening in early 2023.So far some Composting bins have been removed to allow heavier machinery access to turn future compost and all existing rubbish has been removed, with thanks to Ian and Adam Gull from Carradale Gardening Services. New larger bins are to be erected and two further bins for the storage of horse manure kindly donated by Louise McConnachie and grass cuttings to assist with the production of compost.
Volunteers are key to the success of this project, so a big thank you to those who have already come forward. Training on the sites wood chipping machinery should take place in February once dates have been confirmed by the training company and those who have kindly offered to take part in this training will be notified of the date as soon as it is confirmed. There is to be a meeting of volunteers on Saturday 28th of January at 3pm at the Seneval composting site to discuss ideas on the development of the site and if you would like to join us we would be delighted to see you there. Volunteers are always needed so please come along or leave your details at the village shop. Contact. Phil Moorcroft
MOWI have plans for the regeneration of Carradale Harbour. A community engagement process will be conducted as the project develops. If you would like to learn more, you can request a copy of the Carradale Shorebase Feasibility Study and share your feedback by emailing email@example.com. Hard copies of the Feasibility Study are also available to view at the Carradale Community Shop.A representative from MOWI will be in attendance at the next Community Council meeting on Thursday February the 2nd 2023
Kilbrannan Sound are pleased to announce the first of our ‘Strictly Carradale’ events led by professional ballroom dancer Jason Barrett. The picture is of Jason competing in Blackpool!
This will take place on Friday 3 February at 2-4pm (and every first Friday of the month). Entrance is only £5. You can take part or just watch.
It really helps us to plan if you book in advance here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kilbrannan-sound. Please share this email with anybody who might be interested.
Huge congratulations to our very own on call Crew Commander in Carradale Robert Strang on receiving a King's Fire Service Medal in the New Year Honours. - outstanding service and very well deserved. His Majesty The King awarded the medal for distinguished service to Robert, who has served in the Carradale community for 38 years since starting his career with the fire and rescue service. He combines his on call role with his job as ground keeper at Carradale Golf Course. Robert said: "I've been in Carradale all my life, born and bred here. I never thought I would ever receive something like this and I'll wear the medal with pride. I was over the moon when I found out and it was quite emotional reading the letter confirming the award. My family, colleagues and people in the community will be very proud too."
Well done to all businesses, hospitality, emergency services, musicians, volunteers and basically everyone for making our Community so welcoming and caring throughout 2022. We hope you manage a wee festive break to rest and recharge. Wishing you all a peaceful and Happy Christmas, with special thoughts for all our absent friends.
Carradale Chat is an informal and friendly group for folk in and about Carradale to share thoughts, ideas, things, favours and friendliness
Saturday 24 December open 9am to 12noon Closed on the afternoon.
Sunday 25th. Closed
Monday 26th Closed
Tuesday 27th Closed
Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th, Friday 30th usual opening hours.
Saturday 31st Post Office Closed. Shop open 9am to 12 noon.
Sunday. 1st January closed
Monday 2nd January closed
Tuesday 3rd January closed
Wednesday 4th January back to normal.
Make sure you stock up with your messages, Christmas presents, and your New Year bottles. Happy Christmas and a Guid New Year when it comes.Saturday 31st. December open 9am to 12 noon. Closed on the afternoon
Tickets are on sale for a HOGMANAY CELEBRATION. A poster is attached including details of how to book. Advance booking is recommended as we might be full for this. This has only been possible because world-famous Lorne MacDougall has cut his fee to the bone in order to appear.
Carradale Music Festival 2023 Dates have now been confirmed as Friday 28th & Saturday 29th April!. #CMF2023 More information regarding the lineup & ticket sales can be found out at Carradale Music Festival 2023
Carradale Community Shop & PO require a Shop Manager. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
"The following candidates remain validly nominated for the above Community Council Area as hereinafter mentioned and, as not more than the required number of candidates remains validly nominated there will be no poll therein and not later than 11.00am on the day of the election (20/10/22), the said candidates shall be declared to be elected Community Councillors." Signed Pippa Milne, Returning Officer
Names of Candidates remaining validly nominated
COLLINS, Patricia Paterson
STRANG, James Robert
KILBRANNAN SOUND is a new venture centred in Carradale, a small charity dedicated to bringing world-class music to Kintyre and the Highlands and Islands. Please email Phil Royal at email@example.com if you wish Kilbrannan Sound to email you information about their shows including plans for Hogmanay in the Carradale Village Hall. Their next show is by a superlative performer Katy Hurt (details noted below) on 19 November and are expecting a sell-out so strongly recommend advance booking.
KILBRANNAN SOUND proudly presents Katy Hurt live! in the Carradale Village Hall on Saturday 19th November from 7pm. Also appearing: The Twisted Melons. Katy has opened for Liam Gallagher before a crowd of 8,000, sold out two UK headline tours, played in Canada, the US and the Caribbean, has over 350,000 Spotify streams of her EP “Unfinished Business”, including Top 20 hit singles “Revved Up” and “Unfinished Business”. Steeped in country roots, Katy pushes the genre in exciting new directions and headlined the UK Country Music awards, taking home awards for Best Female Artist and Best UK EP/Album. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see her live in a small venue! Bring your own booze! Advance booking may be essential! Book tickets here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kilbrannan-sound
Congratulations to our new councillor Alastair Redman on being declared the winner in the Ward 2 By-election on 30 September - we look forward to working with you to the benefit of East Kintyre Community:
Applications are now invited for grant funding from the Autumn disbursement of the above Trust. For full details check out EKWFT page. Closing date: 20 October 2022
If you are interested in applying for the above position, please phone 07455 799970.
MOWI are holding a open drop in session in Carradale village hall meeting room on Tuesday 27th September between 1100 --1500hrs MOWI are offering this as an open `drop-in` session for any of the existing harbour users or other members of the community who are interested in the pontoon plans or wish to discuss any concerns. The intention is that the pontoon should be a benefit to all harbour users and we are keen to listen to views and discuss how shared use can work, also to understand and hopefully address any concerns on design / operation.
The Cour Windfarm Community Benefit Fund has been established to support community groups, social enterprises & charitable organisations in the community councils of areas of Tarbert & Skipness, West & East Kintyre.
The fund wishes to support projects and infrastructure which promote the economic social and/or environmental sustainability of the catchment area
The fund is now open until the 28th of October 2022 for applications
Further fund criteria and information can be found on the Cour Community Fund page.
The EKCC have received the EKCC Police Report (September 2022) and a Crime Prevention Letter to present at the EKCC September meeting.
Argyll and Bute Council is holding a by-election to elect one councillor in Ward 2, Kintyre and the Islands, on Thursday 29th September 2022. List of Candidates
Community Council Elections are taking place for all Community Councils within the Argyll and Bute Area on 20 October 2022. The formal Notices of Electionand Nomination Packs are now available in this link and nomination forms can also be obtained from the Customer Service Points detailed in the relevant Notice of Election, or from the Returning Officer, Kilmory, Lochgilphead PA31 8RT.
The Lussa Community Wind Ltd AGM Minutes are now available online. The Chairman presented a brief summary of the Society’s activity and achievements over the past year. The highlight of which was the receipt of first year Community Benefit Fund funds resulting from Benn an Tuirc 3: £224,775 that was split equally and 100% donated to each of the three anchor charities (East Kintyre Community Fund, West Kintyre Community Fund and Campbeltown Community Windfarm Fund) such that each received £74,925 for their dissemination to worthy local projects meeting with SPR guidelines.
A selection of photos and press release from the Community Open Day held in the Village Hall on Saturday, 13 August. Lots of information given out, feedback on projects received, key contacts made and new members signing up to various organisations. Well done to the organisers (CCT, EKCC and Planning Group) and all who attended including The Blackbird Tearoom supplying everyone with refreshments throughout the day.
The Glen Bar and Restaurant are sponsoring the above event which is raising funds for RNLI. The Hour long free musical talk with powerpoint slides will tell the history of the world's most successful group. Curry or lasagne for £5 donation. food and bar from 7pm with talk at 8pm.
The Carradale Community Open Day is in Carradale Village Hall tomorrow between 11-3 and the hall will be full to capacity with local information. This is your big chance to find out what funding is available to assist all local community groups and feed into the Local Development Plan. Lots of key groups and ears open there on the day to hear what you wish for in the Community going forward, as well as to find out about areas that interest you and to offer your particular key skills to help the community grow and flourish. Would you like to be a Community Fireman, a Community First Responder, a Community Shop Volunteer, assist developing the Heritage Centre, have key financial, IT, creative or administration skills for Community groups, or would you like to be involved at a strategic level on major upcoming projects with the Carradale Community Trust, then now is your ideal chance to find out more all in one day. If you are unable to attend please send in your thoughts, ideas and/or offers of help to either East Kintyre Community Council memers, Carradale Community Trust Trustees (details available at https://eastkintyre.org ) or DM this page (by 21 August) and I will forward to the correct person. Blackbird Tearoom will be on site providing catering.
Carradale Village Hall 19 August at 7:00 pm
Attendees will be in for a real treat in Carradale on the 19 August where a fabulous night of excellent music is in store from the The Honey Pot (Psychedelic rock! Festival headliners) and the locally renowned The Twisted Melons. Samples of their music below if you’d like to have a listen:
The Honey Pot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90OIge9h0GI
The Twisted Melons: http://www.thetwistedmelons.com/media
Book your tickets now at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kilbrannan-sound
Notice is hereby given that - due to a delay in receiving our final accounts. The Annual General Meeting of Carradale Community Trust has been postponed and will now be held in Carradale Village Hall on 14th September 2022 at 7pm. The Board apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause. Kind regards Tony Leighton, (Chairman)
The EKCF Application Process is now open. Full details of the fund, the application process & criteria can be found on the East Kintyre Community Fund page. For further information please contact the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call on 07769267721. Closing Date: 9 September 2022.
Tributes ross Argyll have been paid tp Kintyre and the islands councillor John McAlpine who dies on 18 July 2022. Councillor Robin Currie said: ‘We are so shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague councillor John McAlpine. ‘John served the area as a councillor over a number of years. He wanted the best for Argyll and Bute and we will remember him fondly for his commitment to the area.' Councillor McAlpine was first elected to represent Kintyre and the Islands in May 2003 and continued to be an elected member until 2017, when he lost his seat. The independent councillor was re-elected in May this year and was appointed policy lead for community planning and corporate services and assigned chairman of Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands area committee. John McAlpone was a strong advocate for East Kintyre. Our heartfelt condolences go to John’s family at this very sad time.’
Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of Carradale Community Trust to be held in Carradale Village Hall on 16th August 2022 at 7pm. All members are encouraged to attend the meeting or to give their proxy to someone who can attend (a form for which is attached). This may be returned via email or handed to one of the trustees prior to the meeting itself. At the AGM, elections will be held for the appointment of trustees.
Malcolm Trott is due to retire as treasurer this year having served six consecutive years as a trustee.
In addition to the board of trustees we have sub-committees which report to the Community Trust on specific matters such as the shop and post office, the Heritage Centre and so on. Acting as part of one of these groups is an equally important part of contributing to our community, without the commitment of becoming a trustee and such groups are also now supported by professional accounting and administrative assistance.
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 Golf Club are holding a Summer Dance on 30 July in Carradale Village Hall - all welcome. Dance the night away to the Wee Toon Tellers Band.
The Summer Quiz is about to take place in Carradale Village Hall on 23 July at 7 pm. Pop along for a great night of fun.
A wonderful Tapas Evening has been organised by Beinn an Tuirc Distillers for 22 July. Check out the menu. Book online now! https://www.kintyregin.com/product/tapas_night/
Saddell and Carradale Guild are holding their Summer Fayre on Thursday, 21 July at 7:30 in Carradale Village Hall. All welcome to come along and spend your money at te various stalls and enjoy refreshments and home baking.
East Kintyre Community Council (EKCC) and Carradale Community Trust (CCT) are hosting a Community Open Day on Saturday, 13 August 2022 at 11:00 am – 3:00 pm in Carradale Village Hall. All community organisations are invited to book a space to share with the community what they do! Please get in touch and we will reserve you a table on the day! EKCC (email@example.com) and CCT (firstname.lastname@example.org
The July East Kintyre Community Council Police Report is now available and encourages the sign up to the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Neighbourhood Watch is looking to strengthen its presence in all areas of Argyll and is encouraging residents to sign up to its new electronic platform, where information can be shared with the wider community to improve vigilance against crime and share information on risks that might impact on you personally. Rural Watch is more aimed at the farming community and Neighbourhood Watch for those within more populated settlements. Both are linked to the same site, but provide slightly different in information to the recipient.
To Carradale Surgery Patients: I would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank all who donated to my retirement fund organised by Carradale Surgery Patient Group. I have been deeply touched by your generosity which enabled the purchase of beautiful Winawood garden furniture – a bench and loveseat, filled planters and funds to purchase a gift of my choice which will likely be some new tools. I would also like to thank all who separately handed in gifts, cards, and letters in recent weeks, as well as those who organised presentations and parties to mark my retirement from Carradale Surgery. All your kindness has been very much appreciated, even though my request for no fuss was totally ignored! It has been an absolute honour to be your GP for the last 25 years. I am looking forward to spending more time with family and friends as well as getting the garden ship shape!!
Sincere thanks and very best wishes to you all, Dr Malcolm Elder
CI Marlene Baillie retires from the PSOS after a wonderful career. Marlene served the communities of Argyll and Bute with dedication & passion and was a brilliant role model & leader to her staff. We wish her all the best in her retirement.
Carradale Surgery Patient Group have arranged a presentation to Dr Elder on his retirement for 6.30 pm on Thursday 7th July 2022.
Rev Steve and Chris Fulcher were presented with gifts today at a special service thanking them for their time in Kintyre. Both Steve and Chris will be missed by many and everyone wishes them well in their next chapter. Kenny Craig captured the event with a selection of wonderful photos including this Congregation Photo
The sun shone for Scottish Opera in Carradale today. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the shows - A Little bit Barber and a Little bit of Figaro whilst sipping Kintyre Gin.
Four members of the Carradale Community First Responder Team The medal recipients are: Dr Malcolm Elder, Steve Redwood, Robert Strang and Cate Trott. Two members, Ian Brodie and Karen Murphy with under five years service were presented with Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee commemorative coins. All were presented with their awards by Susan Gardner and Claire Duijnisveld of the Scottish Ambulance Service. Community First Responders (CFRs) are volunteers trained by Scottish Ambulance to attend certain types of emergencies in the area where they live or work. Their aim is to reach a potentially life-threatening emergency in the vital first minutes before the ambulance crew arrives. Their role is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care until the ambulance crew arrives on scene to take over the treatment. Having a CFR team in remote rural communities such as Carradale is a highly valued service where ambulance crews have longer to travel to the patient. Team leader Dr Malcolm Elder said: “We were honoured to be presented with her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Medals and Coins and to be recognised for the value that volunteer responders can add to the area by providing a skilled emergency response, and if needed use a defibrillator ahead of the arrival of an ambulance, thereby potentially saving lives. All of our team members are volunteers who willingly give their time to help others. We have huge admiration for our Scottish Ambulance Service colleagues from control room staff through to crews on the road. They have a hard job, but always greet us and patients with warmth and respect. We are proud to be part of the team.” The volunteers give what time they can to attend a specific list of 999 calls in the local community. Carradale are in need of more volunteers to enable their very small team to cover 24/7, seven days a week. Training by Scottish Ambulance for new members will be starting up again soon after a two-year break due to Covid -19. If you are interested in finding out more about Carradale CFRs and how to join us, contact Dr Malcolm Elder. Carradale CFRs will be manning a stall at Carradale Harbour Day on Saturday 16 July with a variety of fun challenges to participate in, as well as being available to chat through any enquiries you may have. Do you know how to use a defibrillator? There are a number of public access defibrillators in Carradale with additional ones planned in East Kintyre over the next few months. In order for the Community to be aware of how to use these, the First Responder Team will be demonstrating a defibrillator at the Community Open Day on 13 August in Carradale Village Hall. For full details on Carradale First Responders check out www.eastkintyre.org/carradale-first-responders. Photo names (left to right): Cate Trott, Ian Brodie, Robert Strang, Karen Murphy, Dr Malcolm Elder, Steve Redwood. The local community are very grateful for the commitment given by these trained volunteers - THANK YOU
The minutes and schedule of grants awarded at the May 2022 tranche meeting can now be found on the East Kintyre Windfarm Trust page of East Kintyre website. www.eastkintyre.org/east-kintyre-windfarm-trust
The East Kintyre Community Fund Trustees have released their "2022 AGM Minutes", "Annual Report 2021-2022" and "Accounts 2021-2022".
Lussa Community Wind has received Year 2 Community Benefit Funds from SPR in relation to Beinn and Tuirc 3 Windfarm.
The total received for Year 2 was £229, 078. Following a Board Meeting where the sum to be temporarily retained to pay for administrative costs would be agreed, the balance will then be donated equally to the three anchor charities for their dissemination to prioritised local causes. The anchor charities are Campbeltown Community Windfarm Fund, East Kintyre Community Fund and West Kintyre Community Fund).
As you may know Steve and Christine Fulcher are leaving their posts on South Kintyre Team Ministry this month. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift to Chris and Steve please drop something into the tub at the Community Shop by next Saturday, 18th June. Cheques should be payable to "Saddell & Carradale Church". Time is very short. After contact with Southend and Highland Parish churches it has been decided that Southend and Carradale congregations will make any presentations to Chris and Steve after the joint service in Highland Parish on Sunday 26th June (less than three weeks away). The service is at 11am. This will be followed by tea/coffee and a sandwich/buffet lunch.
Experience all the drama and wonder of grand opera on a miniature scale, with an intimate open-air performance at Carradale Village Hall on Saturday 25 June, brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, instrumentalists – and a sumptuous set of specially created illustrations. The shows this year include two cleverly rewritten versions of Rossini’s and Mozart’s classic comedies – The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Both follow the adventures of one of opera's most beloved characters – the mischievous Figaro. The third mini opera, Be a Sport, Spike! , is a Scottish Opera original for 4 to 8 year olds. Full details
Carradale Primary School Parent Council are holding a Summer Fayre. Join us for a fun afternoon at 1pm on 26 June! There will be stalls, home baking, jumble stalls, bric-a-brac, face painting, games and refreshments
Pop along to Carradale Community Shop and PO to see the fabulous new benches donated by Dunoon Mens Shed in Partnership with Police Scotland
A huge well done to the Carradale Community Trust - Heritage Centre Team with the reopening of part of the Centre. Great to see the new very informative noticeboards telling Carradale’s story and special mention must be given to volunteers Alan, Christine, Kim and Bruce who made this possible along with their work party. Open for visitors when the Blackbird Tearoom is open (currently Thursday to Monday from 10:00 to 4:00 pm) and so do pop in past and enjoy reading the stories. One of the panels is in the attached photos to whet your appetite. It is also really good to see the Wheelhouse renovated, with its interpretation panel alongside the very colourful Snake Pit. The whole Network Centre looking wonderful in the sun today and a great place to start or end your walks into the forest - well done to all. By the way did we mention cake….the tearoom has a great selection on offer….
Carradale Patients Group are holding an Open Meeting in the Village Hall at 6:15 pm on 31 May 2022. All registered patients are welcome to attend and Dr Elder will update patients on current recruitment status, Community Defibrillators, First Responders, Patient Transport, Prescription deliveries to housebound as well as answer any queries patients may have.
Well done to all who took part in the Carradale Canter today and congratulations to the Trophy Winners: Trudy Kennedy (33.47/5k), Jennifer Campbell (47.29/10k), Bryan Gregg (59.23/10k), Nicholas Gemmill (37.24/10K), Sorley Gemmill (30.01/5k), Cara MacPherson (34.34/5k), Lorraine MacPherson (34.35/5k), Niamh Quinn (28.00/5k), Emma Jessop (46.50/10k), Tom Jessop (38.50/10k), Paul Clawson (40.33/10k), Gordon Sandler (55.23/10k). The trophies were sponsored by Jewellery Casting Scotland. A huge thank you to Alan Milstead for organising and all the volunteers. Photos capturing the day.
The AGM for the Village Hall will be held on Wednesday, 18 May in the Village Hall Meeting Room at 7pm.
If you would like to contribute to a gift for Dr Elder on his retirement there will be collection boxes in Carradale at the Community Shop and The Ashbank (until the 11th June). Please let people who are not online know. If you can't get out, call 431127 and we will visit and collect contributions.
Trish and Shelagh hard at work today at the Wellwood Community Space. Planted some fruit trees and heathers and the new benches should be arriving soon. If you wish to help in developing/maintaining this space then please get in contact with Shelagh or Trish.
The Community shop is now a licensed general store and so now you can purchase wine and beer supplies locally.
Congratulations to our new councillors - we look forward to working with you to the benefit of East Kintyre Community:
The Kintyre and Islands Councillors:
The South Kintyre Councillors:
If you missed the public consultation meeting and still wish to send in comments - full details are at: https://meetings.ili-energy.com/auchnasavil-energy.../
With regards the ongoing debate about windfarms in Kintyre, we - the leaders of the 3 most impacted communities – would like to express our viewpoint.
The development of wind farms across Kintyre is on an industrial scale, as demonstrated by the attached map. This will, of course, change the landscape of Kintyre because the scale and size of these wind farms will result in visible impacts the length and breadth of the Kintyre peninsula, and beyond. Argyll & Bute Council's landscape study categorically states there is no scope for wind turbines over 150m, which recognises the need to balance local tourism with windfarm developer’s profit and the need for renewable energy. Yet, the majority of developers are proposing to breach this with heights of 180-230m(similar to those used off-shore and 2-3x the height of the majority of the existing Kintyre turbines). Turbines of this size will automatically require navigation lights impacting the dark skies as well as the day time visual amenity. Developers are doing so simply to maximise their profits.
Pockets of windfarm Community Benefit Funding have been appreciated by Kintyre, but Scottish Government 2019 Good Practice Guide Principles have now been introduced to try and ensure that all consented wind farms grant impacted communities at least £5K per installed MW in Community Benefit Funds (CBF) AND offer an element of Community Shared Ownership (CSO). The funds incoming to thelocal communities will enable wealth building, facilitate resilience, and empowerment through the delivery of Local Development Plans. However, experience to date is that the majority of commercial developers are NOT offering Shared Ownership meeting with Scottish Government Guidelines and some are not even offering CBF, which is completely unacceptable. A petition has been raised through parliament promoting the view that CSO should be mandatory using the Scottish Government’s devolved land tax powers. In the interim, all developers are being challenged by EKREG on behalf of the communities affected. EKREG are a volunteer group with significant relevant experience who act on behalf of all Kintyre Community Councils in relation to CSO negotiations.
To date only 1 (out of 14) developer has committed in writing to CSO which meets the Scottish Government's Good Practice Principles. This is RWE who are required to do so because of the terms of their lease with FLS. PI Renewables/Escart Wind Farm have refused to interact at all, two other developers, RES and Blue Energy have refused to offer CSO and another, EnergieKontor (with 2 of the tallest developments in the pipeline), says it may consider an offer at a later, as yet unspecified date. But, given this developer needed significant cajoling by EKREG to even grant CBF, it seems unlikely that they will make a CSO commensurate with Scottish Government Guidelines.
Scottish Power Renewables (SPR), a distribution network operator (DNO) have recently powered-up their latest windfarm in the region (Beinn an Tuirc 3) and two more of their developments are in the pipeline. SPR were major stakeholders in developing, agreeing and signing up to the 2019 Scottish Government Good Practice Guidance. They promised the impacted communities that they would offer CSO and the template used would then be replicated across SPR’s other Scottish Developments. Disgracefully, SPR reneged on their commitment to offer CSO and instead tabled a short-terminvestment with a pre-dictated rate of return. While communities are pleased to have been able to secure CBF from SPR, eventually for the lifetime of the windfarm, the offer made by SPR to the impacted Kintyre Communities for CSO was extremely disappointing. The communities’ financial adviser, QMPF, stated that it failed to meet Scottish Government Guidelines for CSO. The offer made little financial sense to the impacted communities and the community councils wholeheartedly agreed with this view.
The reluctance to offer and facilitate the take up of CSO is driven by the same purely profit driven mentality that underpins the desire of the developers to cover Kintyre in off-shore sized turbines that will devastate our tourism industry. As a consequence, communities across Kintyre are missing out on the life-changing financial income that would be commensurate with an equity stake in these and other windfarms across the region. This is an unfair and unacceptable situation, and a matter that appears to require strong and immediate action by the Scottish Government.
Our elected MSP and Regional List MSPs: Jenni Minto (SNP), Douglas Ross (Scottish Conservative & Unionist), Edward Mountain (Scottish Conservative & Unionist), Rhoda Grant (Scottish Labour), Donald Cameron (Scottish Conservative & Unionist), Ariane Claire Burgess Scottish Green), Jamie Halcro Johnston (Scottish Conservative & Unionist) and Emma Roddick (SNP) all now need to step up and seriously support the residents of Kintyre by supporting the community-oriented petition presently with the Scottish Government that CSO should be mandatory and delivered using devolved land tax legislation.
Ian Brodie ,Convener,East Kintyre Community Council
Margaret Pratt, Convener,West Kintyre Community Council
Valerie Nimmo, Convener,Campbeltown Community Planning
An annual Community Benefit Funding package of £225,000 has been secured for local communities from the recently commissioned Beinn an Tuirc 3 (BaT3) Windfarm. Following many months of negotiations by EKREG (a local volunteer group working on behalf of Kintyre Communities) an agreement has been reached with Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) that ensures the Community Benefit Funds will be paid for the lifetime of the windfarm, rather than the initial 10 years as originally tabled. As a consequence, local communities will receive around £3.4 million more than was originally proposed, the final total amounting to ~ £5.6 million over the coming 25 years. These funds will be equally distributed to the impacted communities of Campbeltown, East Kintyre and West Kintyre, to enable local communities to plan long-term and develop large scale projects that truly benefit the communities in our area.
A Community Benefit Society - Lussa Community Wind Limited (LCWL) - with representation from all 3 communities on its Board, will manage all funds flowing from BaT3 to the Anchor community charities: Campbeltown Community Windfarm Fund, East Kintyre Community Fund and West Kintyre Community Fund. The charities are all Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO) and will follow a strict set of guidelines when allocating funds for projects to further community development, education and regeneration.
The Community Councils associated with this development have all recently been developing their Community Action Plans to assist the Anchor Charities in delivering legacy projects and priorities identified by the local communities. The application processes for applying for these funds will soon be announced via the Campbeltown Courier and www.kintyrewind.com.
EKREG have been working for 2 years with Local Energy Scotland (LES) with support from professional financial and legal advisors provided for by a LES-CARES grant. Alasdair Bennett (Chair of EKREG) said “We are very grateful for the support from LES and pleased to have been able to help secure this important funding for our communities.”
Speaking on behalf of the communities, Valerie Nimmo, the Convenor of Campbeltown Community Council, said “We are very grateful to EKREG for all the work they have done in securing a lifetime community benefit agreement with SPR in relation to the Beinn an Tuirc 3 Windfarm. The funds are much appreciated and will greatly help us deliver many community projects over the next 25 years.”
Since its establishment in 2019, EKREG has been in contact with 10 companies regarding 18 windfarm developments in Kintyre and South Knapdale with a view to exploring opportunities for shared ownership. With the current energy crisis and tight net zero targets, the growth of windfarms in Kintyre is likely to accelerate in the coming years. While each new windfarm will create employment during the construction phase, there will also be an increased visual impact on our landscape. For every consented windfarm, EKREG will explore opportunities to maximise the financial benefits for impacted Kintyre communities via CSO and community benefit payments.
Further information about the activities of EKREG; Lussa Community Wind Limited; and the Anchor Charities (Campbeltown Community Windfarm Fund, East Kintyre Community Fund and West Kintyre Community Fund) can be found on the Kintyre Wind website www.kintyrewind.com . Kintyre Wind is a collaborative project between EKREG and the Kintyre Community Councils aimed at maximising the financial return to the Kintyre communities from consented local windfarm developments.
The Kintyre Wind Website will, from today, house all information and news relating to windfarm developments across the region. Kintyre Wind embraces a growing number of not-for-profit community-led vehicles established by EKREG Ltd to lead on community shared ownership (CSO) opportunities and disseminate funds generated via CSO and benefit funding to communities impacted by individual developments. The aim being to establish an active umbrella of interaction vehicles that will channel every penny of income netted on a pari pasu basis into a series of nominated community charities established to fuel significant legacy projects and priorities identified in Local Action Plans to aid community development, resilience, education and regeneration.
The Easter 2022 newsletter from the Church is now out including an Easter message from Rev Steve Fulcher, details of the Spring Fling, eco Congregations and a finance update. Click Newsletter to read.
Easter Sunday Services:
8:00 am Open Day Service at Carradale Harbour
10:00 am Easter Servivce in Saddell & Carradale Parish Church
Applications are now invited for grant funding from the Spring disbursement of the above Trust. For full details check out EKWFT page. Closing date: 21 April 2022
EKCC/CCT feel that it would be sensible to take more time to gather information from the survey and the community at large, to ensure that we are developing & delivering projects that we as a community want, need and support. Please be sure to have your say via the community survey and we will announce a new date in the near future.
RWE Renewables UK Onshore Wind Ltd (RWE) have submitted an application for Clachaig Glen Wind Farm to the ScottishGovernment. RWE (formally E.ON Climate & Renewables) received consent from the Scottish Government in December 2019 for the 14-turbine Clachaig Glen Wind Farm, and since then RWE has been reviewing its options for the site and is applying for a proposed wind farm and battery storage site comprising up to 12 wind turbines (seven with maximum height of 185 metres and five with a maximum height of 200 metres). A copy of the application, with a plan showing the land to which it relates, together with a copy of the EIA Report discussing the Company’s proposals in more detail and presenting an analysis of the environmental implications, is available for public inspection, free of charge via the project website www.rwe.com/clachaigglen or on the Scottish Government Energy Consents website at www.energyconsents.scot under application reference ECU00002103.Please send any representations directly to the Scottish Government and should be received no later than 25th April 2022, although Ministers may still consider representation received after this time.
SSEN Transmission would like to make you aware of the upcoming planned road closure in the area. As part of the ongoing work at Carradale substation, SSEN will be transporting grid transformers along the B842 between the substation and the start of the Cross Kintyre haul road. To allow these abnormal loads to be transported safely, this section of road will be closed for approximately 20 minutes on Wednesday 16th March 2022 at approximately 12noon. If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself on the details below. Regards, Caitlin Quinn, Community Liaison Manager M: 07901135758 E: email@example.com
The East Kintyre Community Planning Group are launching a new Community Survey with an Open Day for Saturday April 9th. The Group are committed to continue listening and responding to the needs of our community and last reached out in 2019 whereby those responses helped shape the Local Development Plan. Since then lots of things have changed and we want to take the opportunity to get up to date opinions on what improvements and changes you now feel are necessary to make our community sustainable, happy and healthy. To provide ideas, we would appreciate it if you would complete this questionnaire.
The Community Benefit Funding agreement for Beinn an Tuirc 3 Windfarm was finalised and signed with Scottish Power Renewables.
Starting next Monday 28th February in CARRADALE VILLAGE HALL! Why not come along to our new over 60's chat and activity session! We will meet between 1 and 3pm. Its very informal and refreshments will be provided. Transport can be arranged on request. For more information contact Fiona on 07976 901465 or email Morag at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Come along to Carradale Village Hall on 25 February 2022 at 7 pm to meet friends, have fun and talk about the things that matter to you. Contact SFulcher@churchofscotland.org.uk or CFulcher@churchofscotland.org.uk Tel: 01586 830504
Good luck to Team Blackbird who open on Friday, 11 February. Check out the opening times at Blackbird Tearoom Facebook page.
Welcome to Trish Collins who joins the staff team as a part time Post Office and shop assistant. Trish is a well known local resident, who has been a volunteer within the community, cheerfully giving of her time since she came to live in Carradale. As our wee shop goes from strength to strength there are many people we need to thank for helping this and none more than the customers, who have supported the shop from it's humble beginnings in the porta cabin at the village hall to our state of the art Shop and Post Office. Historically seaside towns and villages have relied on summer holidaymakers to boost the economy and therefore, allow the businesses survive the long winters. Well thanks to local residents loyal support, volunteering and buying their messages in the shop the future is looking bright. Of course we do look forward to welcoming visitors returning over the coming year. We appreciate your custom too. There will be plenty of buckets and spades and ice creams when the summer comes.
The community are delighted to hear CCT have arranged the new tenancy of the Network tearoom which will open soon as "Blackbird Tearoom". We wish the new owners all the best in setting up and very much look forward to the tearoom being open again.
Due to impending retirement as a single-handed GP, Dr Malcolm Elder is looking for an experienced GP to take over as the GP Principal at Carradale Surgery. Based on the stunning east coast of Kintyre our rather unique remote and rural dispensing practice offers a modern, high standard of medicine while maintaining a traditional family doctor role. This is a fantastic opportunity to take up a position in a very well-established practice in Argyll. Job Details
RACE DATE: Sunday 15th May 2022
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Great Carradale Canter Ultra 5K &10K event will take place on Sunday 15th May and be part of the Kintyre Running Festival. The Canter will follow the same route as previous years.
There are three races:
* 10K: £17 entry fee. First and second trophies plus first veteran over the line. Separate ladies and men's races.
* 5K: £13 entry fee. First and second trophies plus first veteran over the line. Separate ladies and men's races.
* Under 16 5K: £9 entry fee. First and second trophies.
There is a £2 discount for Members of Scottish Athletics – other running clubs must pay the full price. The race starts and finishes at Carradale Harbour..
Enter at: https://www.q-buster.co.uk/the-great-carradale-canter-2022
CCT Seek Development Officer (21/12/21)
The CCT are searching for a Development Officer as part od Scottish Government's Strengthening Communities programme - learn more
Christmas is almost on us and your Community Trust continues to work on a number of different project areas along with planning for a brighter and more secure future. We are delighted with the way the shop is looking and have recently secured funding to fit solar panels on the roof which will reduce both our running costs and our environmental footprint. The CCT Activity Report for October/November 2021 summarises progress across the various project areas .
A presentation will be given by ESB Asset Development (UK) Ltd in Carradale Village Hall on 10/11 December. For more details check out:
The exhibition boards and feedback form can be found at the links below. Exhibition Boards Feedback Form West Torrisdale Wind Farm Website
* Approval for CARES grant change and subsequent engaging of Legal advisor to assist Communities in negotiating a Community Benefit Fund contract with SPR that meets Scottish Government. Guidelines.
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.
To be held on Wednesday 1 December at Carradale Village Hall from 1-7 pm
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.
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 https://kintyrewind.com/east-kintyre-community-fund/
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
Preparations for the SPR-CBF negotiations
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
The October 2021 Newsletter has now been released by SSE.
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.
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 email@example.com and should be received by Friday 29th October.
The above application is now open for public consultation.
Application reference number: 00009441
Application stage: Application
Applicant name: Scottish and Southern Energy
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The site at Seneval is temporarily closed while while we prepare the bins for winter and plan for next year.
* 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Further engagement with SPR over the termsheet.
Engagement with the 3 Community Councils to give update on the termsheet
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
Are you planning a trip to East Kintyre in your Caravan, Motorhome or tent? Please click here to find some helpful information
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
The key dates are confirmed for Carradale Harbour Day (Saturday, 28 August 2021) and The Great Carradale Canter (Sunday, 26 September 2021)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
The CCT are very pleased to announce that Tracey Muscroft will be our shop manager starting in June.
“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
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
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.
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).
The local community Windfarm funds are now open for applications. East Kintyre Windfarm Trust - Apply Now (Close: 22/04/21); Cour Windfarm CB Fund - Apply Now (Close:30/04/21)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org://eastkintyre.org/Vacancies.php
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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 have asked Community Councils to advise the community to report any covid breaches via the form online.
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.
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."
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
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 Trust. Likewise, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 January – www.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.
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)
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:
East Kintyre Community Council (EKCC)
West Kintyre Community Council (WKCC)
Campbeltown Community Council (CCC)
Southend Community Council (SCC)
The Laggan Community Council (TLCC)
Gigha Community Council (GCC)
South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT)
Tarbert & Skipness Community Trust (T&SCT)
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Loss or change in taste or smell
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new window will be revealed each day in Advent from 1st December. All you have to do is find it
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.
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.
The fortnightly meetings of East Kintyre Renewable Energy Group (EKREG Minutes) are posted online, with EKREG News page updated with regular updates.
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.
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
The AGM will be held on Wednesday, 26 November at 7pm. Full details available on CCT AGM 2020 page.
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.
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 members shared a selection of stunning autumn images at their recent Zoom meeting.
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 Consultationdocumentation 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 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.
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.
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
The local community Windfarm funds are now open for applications. East Kintyre Windfarm Trust - Apply Now (Close: 29/10/20); Cour Windfarm CB Fund - Apply Now (Close:30/10/20)
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.
The October 2020 CCT Newsletter sets out our future plans for a permanent village shop in Carradale.
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.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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 Day feedback. 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.
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).
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.
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
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