SCA Minutes of a meeting held on 14.8.16

Scoraig Community Association

Minutes of a meeting held on 14.8.1

Present: Paul Betts, Jan Betts, Dale Nicholson, Martha Kerr, Mark Fletcher, Marey Fletcher, Aggie Brudenell, Cathy Dagg, Laurence Glass, Winnie, Malcolm Alston, Jo, Nigel Rushforth

Apologies: Ewan Bush, Lisa Burstall

  1. Road maintenance: use of recycled road planings:

Correspondence: Laurence had requested further information from Douglas Miles, HC Roads dept, but he is on holiday.

Ewan Bush e-mailed his concerns, which were summarised by Cathy

The meeting referred to copies of the SEPA document, available online: https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/154246/road_planings_guidance.pdf

Arguments For: Paul Betts spoke in favour. The material is free. His opinion is that as the material had been laid for many years, any leaching of toxins would already have happened. HC are unlikely to do anything that would make them liable for environmental damage. The possible negative visual effect can be covered with sand. Some of the materials we are already using, eg lime, also leach into the environment.

Arguments against: Ewan Bush sent an e-mail. Cathy forgot to bring it to the meeting but summarised its contents. The full text is as follows:

  1. There is no guarantee that the material being offered is of non hazardous origin (without carrying out tests on individual deliveries)  It is the road contractors responsibility to determine the classification of the material before it is removed from the road surface by taking core samples etc. Tar planings from older roads
    may contain tar derived from coal which is classed as hazardous waste by Sepa.
  2. There is no mention in Sepa’s guidance of other known hazardous substances that accumulate over the years on road surfaces such as heavy metals, oils, rubber from tires etc.  I called Sepa in Dingwall and they did say it is possible that heavy metals would be present.
  3. If material comes from a Council Depo It is possible that invasive plants may be present and seeds may find there way onto scoraig. These storage sites are often contaminated with Hogweed etc. If planings are heat treated and come straight from road works then this is less of a problem.
  4. The planings may be very suitable on inclines where the Scoraig track is subject to heavy erosion. It should bind together if laid to adequate depth. It is arguably not suitable as a surface material for flatter sections of the road where rain water lies as it will inhibit surface water from draining through substrate.
  5. Scoraig is still a relatively pristine environment and it is easy to take this for granted. Please consider the long term effects of importing man made materials, cars and vehicles and the effect it may have on our environment. I am all for the planings being recycled into new and existing roads but why take the risk on the Scoraig track when suitable virgin aggregate is readily available at relatively low cost.

Other points raised:

Laurence is in favour of selected use of road planings in certain areas. It is 3-4 years since the material was first offered to Scoraig by HC and there may now be none available anyway. The proposal is to take an initial small amount for experiment

Malcolm pointed out that over the years pebbles off the shore have proven not to settle in well enough, scalping from Chris Latham’s rock crusher came too slowly in small quantities and cost quite a lot. He feels some areas of the track will be suitable for, and benefit from, use of road planings and feels that HC would not knowingly distribute harmful material. HC, as we know, are cash-strapped and our future road mending budget is not guaranteed. It would not be politic to refuse the offer of free material

It was noted that many years ago Tommy laid the same material along a section of the east end of the footpath at Badrallach. This has held together very well.

Jonah (not present at the meeting) had mentioned he’d be happy to see the material used at the top of the pier where the pebbles are eroding down.

Vote: For: 9 Against: 0 present but two expressions of against from people not able to be present

Abstentions: 4

It was agreed that a proviso for use would be that it would only be laid on any particular section of track after discussion with, and approval of, people whose land/house/garden lies below the track.

  1. Other Road Matters:

Road Finances: There is £700 left after SCA has taken its 10%. £300 will be held back to pay Ian for work on the footpath this coming winter. The culvert work has cost an unexpected £200 but some compensation may be forthcoming from HC Education Dept who commissioned the drill rig.

Culvert repairs: This is now almost up to full height and road will re-open to normal traffic Monday morning. Crushed ditch below Kenny’s may need repair work

Other road priorities: Water on track between Michel’s gate and Betts’ gate, above Beavitts and just east of Lisa’s pond

Vegetation should really be cleared back from the road, particularly as this prevents pedestrians and cyclists from being able to step out of the way of vehicles. This could be done by volunteers taking the section below their crofts. Paul offered to cut with a finger mower if anyone can lend him one

  1. Minutes of last meeting approved and signed

Matters arising: Paul has reduced the height of the boulder on the track going down to the pier and will try to reduce it more.

  1. Highland Council Harbour Dues: Cathy will write to Len Campbell suggesting compromise.
  1. AOB Jan Betts representing other people objected to the proposed cycle track, based on Hugh’s route options raised at the last meeting. One particular objection is that people would find themselves liable if a track user were injured. However, at this stage the idea had been put forward as a subject for debate rather than a firm proposal, and safety for all road users was the major intent.
  1. Next Meeting is AGM on 18th September at 4pm in SSS. All welcome, bring a £.

Cathy

Note: The minutes for most SCA meetings are archived here at the Document Download page.

SCA meeting Sunday 14th August at 4pm

Scoraig Community Association

There will be a meeting on Sunday 14th August at 4pm in the secondary school, open to all.

Main item on the agenda is the road, as usual.

There has been an offer from HC roads dept of a load of bitumen-based road planings. Although free and recycled, these may not be acceptable and, if you’re interested to find out more, have a read of:

https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/154246/road_planings_guidance.pdf

If there’s time, other business will be discussed.

BroomPower hydro scheme – using the power of nature to benefit our communities.

The BroomPower Community Share offer opened on 30th April 2016 and will close on 31st Aug (or earlier if the full amount has been reached). The minimum investment is £300 (due to related administration costs) and investors can invest any amount from £300 up to the maximum of £90,000. Group investments, investments on behalf of children and grandchildren and payment by installments will all be accepted. Each investor (or group) will receive one vote regardless of the amount invested and the level of your investment will remain confidential. If for any reason the scheme does not commence, then all payments will be returned to investors by 30th Sept 2016.

The level of interest paid on Community Shares will be recommended by the Board each year and voted on by members. The target level is 4%, but this may vary and no interest will be paid until generation has begun.

Investors should expect to maintain their investment for at least five years and can request that their capital be repaid in full or in part any time after that. All requests will be considered equally by the Board and the intention is to repay approx. 1/20th of the capital each year of generation. Under exceptional circumstances, capital may be repaid earlier than 3 years at the discretion of the Board. Once an investor is repaid in full, that investor’s membership will end.

Become a shareholder and member of Lochbroom Community Renewables Ltd (LCR)

 

Kiln Building and Casting Workshop

 

13410817_1585803478384177_1171288075_oThis workshop is taking place in the scenic off-grid village of Scoraig.
This is a 5 day intensive course that covers all aspects of casting: Kiln building, smelting, mould making, gravity casting, lost wax casting and sand casting.
The 5 day course inclusive of accommodation and ferrying to and from is £400 (materials and catering not included).
50% discounts available for students and seniors.
The course will begin on the 3rd -7th of October.
Deadline for deposits is 1st of September.
Course is subject to volume of interest.
To book your place on this workshop:

 

Scoraig, etc Common Grazings Committee shareholders’ meeting minutes

Minutes of a Shareholders Meeting held on 27th March 2016

Present: Malcolm Alston (chair), Cathy Dagg (clerk), Jonah Piggott, Nigel Rushforth, Jessie Millard, David Bush, Sandy Lamb, John Davy, Andy Cox, Luke Richards

Apologies: Jo Baker, Lisa Grant

  1. Tree Planting: Andy Cox has the following trees ready to plant now: 100 alders, 500 rowans, 2500 birches. Planting day to be announced for April 9th, with soup and rolls lunch. 10.15 start. Trees will be left at Malcolm’s turning.
  2. Fertiliser: Andy has some and there may be another bag at Chris Latham’s. Sandy will check. These will also be put at malcolm’s turning. Small sprinkle required per tree
  3. Roe Deer: There are 3, maybe 4, resident this side of the deer fence, hiding in Malcolm’s/Beavitts. Malcolm estimates they have already destroyed about 20% of what he planted last year. Only solution is to shoot all. David will do it if they can be driven out onto the hill.
  4. Fence Repairs: There was more damage than noticed during the walkover after the fire. Agreed that if this takes the job over budget the shortfall will be paid by the Grazing Committee.
  5. Badacrain: Luke suggested that restoring Badacrain to a croft be considered, mainly as he is looking for a croft. Land east of Lee Brown’s may also be suitable for a small croft. Gerry O’Neill to be asked for advice on how to start this process. It was noted that when Sandy Lamb gets the assignation of Chris Latham’s croft he intends to divide it but the timescale on this could be long.
  6. Latham croft: Grazings Committee agreed to support Sandy’s proposal to reverse the process of amalgamating the two parts of Chris Latham’s croft into one and to write to the Crofting Commission when and if appropriate. This matter however is for Rodney Latham to decide to initiate.

Next Meeting Sunday 24th April at 4pm in Secondary School

up to date

Please note that the school teacher’s job is no longer open for applicants as a new teacher was found some months ago.

However the two properties advertised under the property tab above are unsold.

Michel’s house is no longer for sale and is available for rent instead.

STG Minutes January 2016

Scoraig Teaching Group Committee Minutes Jan 2016 as pdf file

Scoraig Teaching Group

Committee Meeting Minutes 12th January ‘16

Present: Jill, Aggie, Chisha, Zoe, Janet, Estha, Anthea
Apologies: Jessie, Lisa, Mairead

Finances

(1) Current Balance £2733.82. Total Receipts this year so far £4666.35. Total Payments this year so far £8699.49. This year so far deficit of £4033.14. (There are a number of anticipated receipts so predicted annual deficit expected to be around £2500±).
(2) Fundraising – Christmas Fayre on 6th Dec raised £108.00 – many thanks to all who contributed.

Admin

(1) Village Hall Grant Scheme – application submitted, decision pending on potential £1K.
(2) Driftwood – AT5 Form and Short Assured Tenancy Agreement now signed. Deposit banked with Safe Deposits Scotland. Received EPC and EIRC/PAT Certificates. Recommendations from these reports to be discussed. Gas Safety Certificate still outstanding.
(3) Anna has kindly offered to cover Zoe’s maternity break, Anna to be asked about overlap period with Zoe at the end of March.

Driftwood

(1) Zoe to look into the energy saving trust grant, to evaluate whether or not Driftwood would be eligible for funds toward insulation.
2) Anthea to contact Pat regarding upcycling one of Pat’s stored carpets for use in Driftwood.
(3) Davy to be asked about insulating Driftwood doors.
(4) Zoe to investigate prices for underlay.
5) Stuart and Sandy to receive STG minutes.
(6) Thanks to John Davy for work on Driftwood wall.
(7)Thanks to Lawrence and Estha for the timely advise on the Driftwood Rayburn.
(8) As far as the ongoing gas dilemma is concerned, the committee is awaiting confirmation from a contact from Achiltibuie about a possible gas safe engineer who can come and assess the safety of the cooker in Driftwood in line with the requirement for a Gas Safety Certificate.

School Building

(1) Temporary solution to the fuel store problem has been suggested by Anthea involving two wardrobe doors used to replace the rusted corrugated tin covers in use now.
(2) Thank you to Aggie for sorting the toy storage cupboard.

Events

(1) The all-day café and craft fair in December raised £108
(2) Tai Chi is being held every Tuesday at the Secondary school on a per donation basis with an optional Thursday session to all those who cannot make the Tuesday class.
(3) If anyone has any suggestions about fundraising events, please contact a committee member.

Next meeting the 23rd of February 11am.