Ardgay CC update

We would like to welcome Anna McInnes as our new Minutes Secretary. Anna joined us for our special meeting in April with Joe Perry, Climate Change Coordinator at The Highland Council.

Joe joined us via zoom to answer the questions we had submitted to him, which covered issues including which issues of policy were covered by The Highland Council (THC), how are green policies financed and how do we balance land use to address climate change while considering other needs. THC is developing its own Carbon Management Plan which sets emission reduction targets for all council areas. The full report of the meeting can be found along with minutes from regular meetings on our website. The website has been managed for many years by Phil Olson. Phil has recently stood down from this and we would like to thank him for many years of service – continuing long after he ceased to be a community councillor. Thank you, Phil!

Ardgay/Bonar straight

Our efforts to have a speed restriction introduced on the Ardgay –Bonar straight have sadly not made any progress since the report in last issue –we had been informed the matter would be raised at the Sutherland Area Committee by our local councillors– but have heard nothing to date. It is concerning that this matter has been raised repeatedly over the last four years and has failed to be given the attention it deserves.

The Coire na Cloiche Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is now active –application forms available via our website. Ardgay & District Community Council now administers three funds on behalf of the community – meaning some £40,000+ funds are available annually to support local projects. This is in addition to the funds available from Achany and Rosehall wind farm funds.

A lot of the business of your community council continues to be concerned with wind farms – we are currently involved on your behalf in discussions regarding community benefit with several developers. SSE reps attended our March meeting to present plans for the Achany extension, and at our May meeting we narrowly agreed (with the chairperson using their casting vote) to support the planning application for Sallachy Wind Farm. In addition to potential community benefit funds, there are ongoing discussions about a shared ownership option being taken up by communities around the Kyle of Sutherland and north-west Sutherland. This is an exciting venture and could bring many opportunities – as well as being a pioneer project in delivering shared ownership of a commercial scale wind farm to a local community.

Our regular meetings will continue via zoom. Please contact secretary@ardgayanddistrictcommunitycouncil.org.uk for a link.

by Betty Wright, Chairperson Ardgay & District CC

Last Updated on 10 June, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle

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