Scoraig Community Association Minutes of a meeting held on 31.3.19

Scoraig Community Association

Minutes of a meeting held on 31.3.19

Present: Malcolm Alston, Cathy Dagg, Dale Nicholson, Luke Richards, Nigel Rushforth, Aggie Brudenell, Rachel Wareham, Laurence Glass

Apologies: Jo Baker, Ian Hammond , Lisa Burstall

  1. Minutes of previous meeting were approved
  • Matters Arising

Defibrillator update from Luke: he has found a charity ‘Lucky to be here’ who have already installed a defib at Laide. They will install, train in use and maintain for a suggested donation of £3k. The alternative is to buy one for £1k but there will then be ongoing maintenance costs. It was agreed that fundraising via, for example Just Giving would not be difficult and that Luke should look into this further

  • Finances: account is healthy with approximately £2.5k. The bill for road work has been accepted by HC
  • Road: a delivery of aggregate is due but HC is strapped for cash and this has been delayed to next financial year although pre-paid. Dale, Luke, Ian, Nigel and Laurence have all worked to get the last load over . The road is noticeably getting wider and culvert stones are being pushed out since the  use of heavy (2 tonne) vehicles started about 7 years ago and a lot of upgrade is required. Major repairs will take up much of the budget at the expense of day to day pothole filling and ditch clearing. Right now the road mender team are on top of it
  • Achmore Track. This is not adopted by the HC. It provides access to the cemetery which is an important part of Scoraig’s infrastructure and could be much improved by putting in rocks and pebbles. Agreed that a volunteer day would be a good idea, the date for this to be confirmed
  • Pier: Luke would like some rings inserted on the East side. It was agreed the ‘square rings’ put in by HC are of limited use and that we should just go ahead and put in rings as needed, without asking for HC consent.
  • Badluarach jetty: After the steps crumbled HC has done a poor repair which won’t last long. Way forward might be to do better repair ourselves. Agreed that Luke, Ewan and Laurence would look at it and suggest a meeting with HC to discuss this and cracks in fabric.
  • Mooring Boat: harbour dues have just been paid. It was suggested that the wooden boat be used only in summer and the Serena in winter. Boat needs tarring which is a big expense. Engine needs to go for 2nd service as soon as possible to keep it in warrantry
  • Lighthouse: Electrics need a fettle. The battery type and system of turning lights on and off need reviewing. Hugh to be consulted. Cathy  showed around panel made by James Macgregor to commemorate historic drowning, to be fixed up in the lighthouse. The school is to be encouraged to do their panel. Dale is working on refreshing all the other panels with a view to something being in place by Easter. The exterior of the lighthouse has rusty areas which should be brushed down and repainted.
  1. Badluarach Parking. Previous SCA attempts to get people to remove dead vehicles unowned caravans, trailers etc have failed and a different approach is required to allow resident and visitor car parking particularly with the busy summer months ahead. Appealing to peoples’ better nature clearly doesn’t work. SCA could offer to assist with removal, particularly where the vehicle is waiting to cross over to Scoraig. A memo will be sent out by CD.
  1. The Future. Dale pointed out that we should start thinking now about transition to electric vehicles and how charging points could be set up for Scoraig vehicles.
  1. Next meeting June 30th 4pm in SSS

Cheers, Cathy

Minutes are available for download here

New head teacher needed for Scoraig Primary School

Our Head Teacher position has now been advertised. It is a ‘Cluster Head’ position shared with Badcaul School on the other side of the Loch. The deadline is very soon on 12th June.

Scoraig Community Association meeting 11.11.18

(Note:  Minutes of several intervening meetings have not been posted here but can be accessed in the document download page that you can find at the bottom of the “SCA” drop down menu above left.)

Minutes of a meeting held on 11.11.18

Present: Malcolm Alston, Nigel Rushforth, Rachel Wareham, Jan Betts, Aggie Brudenell, Jessie Millard, Laurence Glass, Sandy Lamb, Cathy Dagg

Apologies: Luke Richards, Ian Hammond, Estha Rushforth, Paul Betts, Dale Nicholson, Lisa Burstall, Mary Lawrenson, Mark Fletcher

  1. Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved with the following amendments:
  2. Luke has agreed to be re-elected onto the board
  3. Nigel was previously Treasurer and so continues as such


  1. Matters Arising:
  2. Ian has cut the gorse back and cleaned the worst section of ditch between Carnoch and     Ruigh’riabhach
  3. Defibrillator: no news from Luke so assumed no progress. The Responder radio is now shut off but Estha is happy to continue as Responder contact, after 999. It was agreed Scoraig residents should be notified that the Responder group is not official and that 999 should always be the first call, but that as the defibrillator is here we will always be prepared to help. This info will be circulated on paper and social media.
  4. Lighthouse display: no progress yet but a strong commitment to get this done by Easter
  5. Firefighting backpacks. Cathy updated on the water containers at the Ruigh’riabhach deer fence gate, now down to 2 while she has 2 at home to refill and put out before the dry season.
  6. Bonfire night. Malcolm thanked the STG for an excellent event. Laurence reported that the money raised came to £108 over expenses, this sum including the £50 donated by the SCA (as part of its mandate to promote social events) After discussion it was agreed to put the profit towards next year’s fireworks.


  1. Roads and Ditches:

W is clearing the ditches below Lotts and Dave did the section below his own croft. Cathy raised the problem of water flowing down croft access tracks onto the road and suggested people go out in heavy rain to check their own access. The problem of Lisa Burstall’s ponds seeping onto the road was also mentioned.


  1. Badluarach Pier area:

Cathy distributed a request by Mark Fletcher for salt bins on the pier hill. Apparently SEPA won’t now allow piles of grit as they will pollute. It was agreed Cathy would apply to HC for salt bins and if there was a negative response that this would be taken up with the Community Council. HC would also be approached about proper permanent yellow lines marking the turning space.

Cathy raised the problem of unused/abandoned/unlicensed cars/caravans/trailers occupying parking space and asked that owners be encouraged to remove these. It was agreed that residents would be notified of the problem first, but that HC would be contacted about abandoned vehicles if there was no improvement

It was agreed that this issue and the First responder news be combined in a SCA newsletter

Laurence observed that Peter Young’s shed is now being filled with scrap metal. Jan intimated that Luke and Paul plan to take this away to scrappie.


  1. STG: a message from the STG to this meeting was distributed:
  2. STG’s desire to standardise the naming of the church/Scoraig Secondary School/community hall/centre/village hall. Those present agreed it was up to the STG to call the building what they liked for official purposes and that use of the word ‘community’ was best, but that people would continue to call it by all the other names
  3. Suggestions for more use of the building. This could be mentioned in the SCA newsletter
  4. Proposal that the gates be closed while there are public events to act as traffic calmers for public safety. Those present agreed this was acceptable, but offered the alternative of sleeping policemen. These would make traffic slow down at all times not just when children were playing outside. Two stone run offs at each corner of the building , similar to the one above Lisa Burstall’s, would serve a dual purpose and could be constructed as part of the road job. It was agreed that the SCA would organise re-hanging of gates (at very little cost) and run offs


  1. Any Other Business
  2. Nigel mentioned that Badralloch Grazings Committee are looking for a fencing contractor for their new east boundary fence, if anyone has any names.
  3. Ownership of land below the track at the secondary school was discussed, Sandy observed that the boundary was very unclear.
  4. Cathy passed on a request for discussion of the idea that the SCA and the STG should merge. Official debate on this issue deferred.
  5. Next meeting Sunday 3rd March 2019 at 3pm


Cheers, Cathy

Scoraig Community Association meeting held on 26.11.17

Scoraig Community Association

Minutes of a meeting held on 26.11.17

Present: Jan Betts, Jessie Millard, Nigel Rushforth, Luke Richards, Laurence Glass, Malcolm Alston, Cathy Dagg, Aggie Brudenell, Jill Beavitt, Ian Hamond, Jo Baker, Dale Nicholson

Apologies: Paul Betts, Lisa Grant, Andy Cox

1.Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved

2.Matters Arising:

  • Footpath gates will be put on the agenda of the Scoraig etc Garzings Committee meeting
  • White goods disposal: Laurence is awaiting a reply from ILM with answers to questions such as costs, will they collect, will they take all electrical goods
  • Defibrillator: Luke proposed we look into funding for a public access defibrillator. SCA and STG could work together on this. Agreed that if we don’t get UCT funding we’ll look for other funding sources. Carried unanimously
  • UTC funding. UTC is looking for funding projects in outlying areas
  1. Road: Laurence reported that 7 tonnes of recycled road aggregate is ferried over and spread. Another 14 tonnes should be coming but no date fixed for this. Laurence and Ian have been working on the Badrallach footpath although dumper offered by HC didn’t appear. A large rock dislodged after the fire/heavy rain has fallen onto but not blocked the ditch.
    The Achmore track is in poor condition but is not adopted by HC so road money can’t be spent on it.
    Laurence proposed funding be sought to improve Achmore track. Motion carried.
  1. Treasurer’s Report: Account holds £2076 at the end of October, of which £1500 is road funds
  2. Mooring Boat: engine needs to go in for service. Replacement Yamaha6 is not considered reliable, but it was agreed that rather than the mooring boat be out of use for a week, people could use the Yamaha6 advised of the risk or use their own engines
  3. Badluarach Jetty area: Luke and Davy offered to clean out the ditch above the road and Davy will contact other potential volunteers. Long term solutions to the drainage problems here were discussed, including building a retaining wall

7. Next meeting March 11th at 3pm to be confirmed

SCA 26.11.17

Scoraig, Etc Common Grazings Committee 26.11.17

Scoraig, Etc Common Grazings Committee

Minutes of a shareholders meeting held on Sunday 26.11.17

Present: Jonah Piggott, Davy Forsyth, Aggie Brudenell, Nigel Rushforth, Malcolm Alston, Cathy Dagg, Ian Hamond, Jessie Millard, Jo Baker, Luke Richards

Apologies: Lisa Grant, Rona Bush

Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved

1.Tree replacement planting: Jessie showed some examples of the scots pines which will be ready for planting on the hill next Spring. The agreed price is 50p per tree, so the total cost will be £500 less the £100 already paid. This cost will be divided between Grazing Committee funds and Malcolm. It is hoped that actual planting will be a volunteer effort. Noted that bare root trees will have to be planted soon after lifting from the nursery bed.

  1. Fencing: All replacement posts are now in, the north end has been repaired and stock fence added, all within the agreed budget. Slats have been added to the corner gate but it could do with replacing.. Small gulleys under the fence have been blocked using the burned fence posts. One further large gulley could be blocked with rocks. Luke has looked at the unburned fence sections. 40 tall and 30 short fenceposts are broken. These should be replaced, but may not all need to be if Luke fences off Badacrain. It was agreed that maintaining the entire fence is a Grazings Committee responsibility and that shareholders were happy for Luke and Ian to do the work. An approximate budget for this further work of £1000 was approved
  2. Ruigh’riabhach fence: Davy offered to walk the length of the fence to check deer ingress through gulleys. The perennial problem of the sea end was discussed. No material seems to withstand storm damage. There might be another point along the shore the goats wouldn’t be able to get round that the fence could be extended to.
  3. Use for Common Grazing. Davy would like to look at other uses for the east common grazings, which isn’t used for livestock. Forestry may be an option

5.Badacrain: It was agreed to continue with turning this into a croft, but that this would have to wait until Malcolm gets back after the winter

  1. Next meeting Sunday March 11th at 4pm in SSS but to be confirmed.


SCA meeting 8th October 2017

Scoraig Community Association

Minutes of meeting held on 8.10.17

Present: Jill Beavitt, Sandy Lamb, Luke Richards, Mark Fletcher, Jessie Millard, Jan Betts, Malcolm Alston, Cathy Dagg, W, Aggie Brudenell, Nigel Rushforth, Laurence Glass

Apologies: Paul Betts, Winnie Buczynski, Andy Cox, Dale Nicholson, Ian Hammond

  1. AGM Minutes were read and the following amendment was required:

Jan and Jessie’s names were omitted from the list of existing committee members who were willing to be re-elected. Cathy apologised for missing out Winnie’s surname. Minutes were then approved


  1. Scrap : So far £1700 has been raised from sale of batteries and another load will go. Scrap is being uplifted at the same time by the scrappie although we are not getting paid for this. More stuff will go from Peter Young’s shed. Laurence’s suggestion for use of SCA’s share of the money is to buy materials for the dry store/car workshop to replace peter’s shed. The main cost will be roofing. The boat engine shed at Scoraig pier also needs a new roof. Laurence will look into costs before further decisions are made.

Motion: that SCA battery money should be spent on building a strong shed for communal use as short-term storage and workshop. Proposed by Laurence, seconded by Cathy, motion carried unanimously

  1. Road: 7 tonnes of free recycled material from HC has been delivered and mostly ferried across. There should be another two loads of this before Spring. So far £600 has been spent so there is £1500 left this financial year. Because of the poor state of the footpath caused by burn, rain and cows, it was agreed to concentrate efforts on the section from the Cadha to Badrallach. A council mini-dumper and driver will help move the material from the road end to where needed. Ditches will be cleared, worst puddles filled in and collapsing side repaired as well as pipe put into the collapsed culvert

Motion: that an extra £200-300 be added to the present £300 allocated to footpath repairs. Proposed by Laurence, seconded by Cathy, carried unanimously

Cathy stressed the need to ensure the Cadha gate is kept closed to prevent cows from coming through and damaging the track on Scoraig side, as they did last week.

On the track itself, gorse could do with cutting back between Malcolm’s and Lisa’s, and some ditching above Jill’s

  1. Mooring Boat: W requested that Sandy be exempt from the requirement to be a mooring boat shareholder and approved driver so that he could use the boat to ferry shareholders. Various objections were raised. Sandy agreed to become a shareholder and sit his driver’s test.
  2. White Goods: Jill raised the problem of disposal of white and other electrical goods, computer parts etc. She has contacted ILM in Alness to see if they will uplift. Inverness recycling will take white goods but a van will have to be registered for domestic disposals. Jill will continue to investigate
  3. Mooring Boat repairs: at the last meeting it was agreed to investigate whether it was better value to repair Serena or buy a new boat. The conclusion was that Serena should be repaired. Laurence has sourced a sheet of marine ply. The Desperate Dan will be beached for scraping (9.10.17) Luke will continue to work on Serena but there is more work if anyone else wants it. They should get in touch with Luke.
  4. Fire beaters: three mended beaters are back in the holder and three at the Ruigh’riabhach deer fence gate. One more needs new matting. This needs to have an internal mesh strong enough to withstand fire, old conveyor belt is ideal. Empty water containers will go back to the pier shed.
  5. Peter Young’s trailer: this needs new tyres and work on tow hitch, maybe narrowing as it’s a bit too wide. SCA money will be used if required.
  6. Defibrillator: Jan asked why this isn’t somewhere accessible to the public. It was pointed out it’s not just a defibrillator but a whole bag of kit to be used by trained First Responders. In an emergency people should phone 999, though Jan doubted whether 999 was reliable enough. Public defibrillators are a different scheme and would still require phoning emergency services first.
  7. Bonfire Night: Saturday 4th November, the venue is moved to Chris’s quarry. Brashings need to be moved from among the trees below the track east of SSS
  8. Next meeting of SCA 26th November at earlier time of 3pm, in SSS.

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SCA minutes 8.10.17

SCA AGM Minutes 2017

Scoraig Community Association                                                              

Annual General Meeting 2017

Meeting held on 20.8.17

Present: Dale Nicholson, Luke Richards, Winnie Buczynski, Nigel Rushforth, Laurence Glass, Malcolm Alston, Cathy Dagg, Paul Betts, Jan Betts, Sandy Lamb, Jessie Millard, Bev Beavitt

Apologies: Lisa Grant, Lisa Nicholson, Jo Baker, Ian Hammond, Aggie Brudenell

  1. Business:

Malcolm read out minutes of previous AGM held on 18.9.16. Minutes approved.

Malcolm read out minutes of previous ordinary meeting held on 11.6.17. Minutes approved.

Financial Statement, prepared by Hugh, was read out. No moneys have been paid out for road work yet but this will start soon. There is £2175 in the account.

  1. Matters Arising from previous meeting
  2. Free chippings offered by Highland Council are just waiting on the storage bays at Badluarach jetty being cleared out
  3. Brief discussion on the relative merits of chippings against beach pebbles and the best size of quarry grit began, but was postponed until ordinary meeting (below)
  4. Fire beaters. These haven’t yet been fixed. New backpack water spray will be kept at the pier shed.
  5. Ferrying: Laurence doesn’t want to ferry batteries at the same time as grit. Paul Betts offered raft for ferrying trailers containing grit.
  6. Election of new Committee

The committee resigned. Dale, Luke, Jo, Laurence, Nigel, Malcolm, Jessie, Jan, Cathy and Aggie were all willing to be re-elected. Motion, proposed by Paul Betts and seconded by Sandy Lamb was carried with one abstention (Winnie, due to not being able to hear the discussion)

Laurence proposed Estha be included as a director even if she can’t attend meetings with ease. Seconded by Cathy and motion carried

Office Bearers:

Chair: Malcolm Alston

Secretary: Cathy Dagg

Treasurer: Nigel Rushforth

  1. Lighthouse refurbishment: Dale and Cathy both apologised for not having got far with this. Laurence will repaint the exterior in Spring 2018. Dale will buy a new visitor book
  2. Bench for walkers. This idea was proposed by Winnie. There was an initial discussion on where this could be placed and what materials it could be made of. A notice board with info and a map for walkers at the deer fence gate was also proposed.
  3. Road Job: Pebble bag filling continues, Laurence and Ian are doing this but anyone is welcome to do some for the going rate, phone Laurence for details. The continuing discussion on the best road material concluded with the motion that a load of 20mm chippings should be bought.
  4. Scrap Metal: A battery collection and sale will be organised. Drop off point will be the west side of Topher’s shed behind the winch. Other scrap can also be removed. Laurence will organise a ferrying day on a good tide, Bev, Luke and Hugh will help.
  5. Mooring Boat: Luke has started stripping, but the boat needs a lot more work, with stern and transom coming away. It was suggested that it is time to find a new mooring boat, something that will carry about 1 tonne weight. The relative costs of repair or replace will be looked into before the next meeting.
  6. Young’s shed at Badluarach pier. Malcolm will phone Peter Young for the last time before we take ownership of the shed and its contents, and proceed to demolish.
  7. Next meeting Sunday 8th October, 4pm at SSS



SCA AGM 2017 (MSword file download link)

SCA meeting 11th June 2017

Scoraig Community Association

Minutes of open meeting held on Sunday 11th June 2017

Present: Malcolm Alston, Nigel Rushforth, Luke Richards, Dale Nicholson, Lisa Nicholson, Jo Baker, Bev Beavitt, Jessie Millard, Paul Betts, Ian Hammons, Jan Betts, Aggie Brudenell, Topher Dawson, Jill Beavitt, Cathy Dagg, Sandy Lamb, Zoe Spyropoulos

Apologies: Davy Forsyth

  1. Apology: Cathy apologised for not remembering to advertise the agreed date for this meeting on May 14th
  2. Minutes: Minutes of previous meeting were read, approved and signed by Malcolm
  3. Matters Arising:

Badralloch footpath: Cathy reported that she had discussed the fire damage with Highland Council, and the Countryside Ranger had taken photographs on her last visit to the peninsula

Chippings: Douglas Miles has offered a load of free chippings. It was agreed to accept these, and that work should concentrate on the worst patches.

Fire beaters: Damaged ones have been taken by Luke for fixing, leaving 2 at the Ruigh’riabhach deer fence gate. As agreed in previous discussion, the beaters will be dispersed along the peninsula. Laurence will look for more backpacks

Badluarach pier area: Peter Young’s trailer now belongs to SCA but the shed is still full of rubbish and only access is through the side. Agreed to have a clear out day but Laurence will contact Peter first.

  1. Road job: Filling bags with pebbles work is available at 20p per bag, Ian offered to do some. Agreed that the best use of materials in holes is beach pebbles, then chippings, then optional sand from John Sangster’s quarry. Bits done with this are holding out well, although other sections of track are deteriorating rapidly. Bev stated that limestone chippings are better than sand, but these are £500 per load.
  2. Local Grid proposals: Malcolm summarised the proposal from Eddie Boyd, Highland Council and response from Hugh Piggott. A statement from Hugh was read out to the meeting, and there ensued a discussion on the pros and cons of the idea of a local grid. Comments were then noted from everyone present. The general feeling was that although not personally interested, people wouldn’t stand in the way of others going ahead if they felt the need. The following individual comments were noted:
  • Many people don’t have the ability to maintain their own systems, and Hugh won’t continue to do this job forever. There is a need for someone to train up to take over
  • Any local grid of whatever extent would have issues of maintenance, potential meterage and bills, conflict if one user uses more than the rest or doesn’t pay bills.
  • This could lead to enforced connection to the national grid
  • If you’re in control of your own system, you police and limit your own consumption. A grid may inevitably lead to people ratchetting up their consumption
  • Individual domestic systems are part of what makes Scoraig unique
  • Although not interested in a grid, there should be some way of making better use of the school surplus power

Aggie felt that it could be a good thing and that we should find out more about what was on offer.

Topher pointed out that the major obstacle to any form of grid other than on a very small scale was the issue of transmission, which would only be practical within about 500m and therefore only relevant to 3 or 4 houses nearest the school. Costs of power lines would be way beyond the ability of Highland Council to fund and maintain and might have to be taken on by an outside, commercial company. There would have to be a large diesel back-up generator.

At the end of the discussion Laurence proposed, seconded by Jill, that we invite someone to Scoraig to talk about possibilities. This motion was carried 9 for, 5 against, 1 abstention

Malcolm proposed we tell Hugh we appreciate how much work he has done for us all over the years.

  1. Lochbroom Community Council: The council has not functioned for some time but there is the opportunity to revive it in September. It requires 20 signatures (form was passed round and signed)
  2. Scrap metal: Bev wondered if it was time for a scrap metal collection. Laurence offered to ferry away while ferrying aggregate to Scoraig, and will phone the scrappie.
  3. EMF: Andy Cox had wanted to discuss this but wasn’t present. Agreed that it doesn’t pose a health risk

Next meeting will be AGM, provisionally on Sunday 20th August


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Scoraig, etc Common Grazings Shareholders’ Meeting to elect a new committee 26th March 2017

Scoraig, etc Common Grazings

Shareholders’ Meeting to elect a new committee 26th March 2017

Present: Malcolm Alston, Jonah Piggott, Nigel Rushforth, Cathy Dagg, Lisa Burstall, John Davy, Luke Richards

Apologies: Rona Bush, Jethro Brudenell, Jo Baker

1.Minutes of the previous meeting to appoint a new committee (February 2014) and minutes of the previous ordinary meeting were read and approved

  1. New Committee: Cathy proposed that only shareholders resident on Scoraig for at least 6 months of the year, or their properly appointed agents, should be appointed to the grazings committee. This was seconded by Malcolm and carried unanimously
  2. Office bearers: Jonah proposed all office bearers be re-elected, if willing. This was seconded by Lisa and carried unanimously. Malcolm suggested there should be a vice chair for when he was unavailable. Nigel agreed to take on this role

The Grazings Committee therefore consists of:

Chair: Malcolm Alston

Clerk: Cathy Dagg

Committee members: Rona Bush, Nigel Rushforth, Jonah Piggott, Jessie Millard, Lisa Burstall, Tom Forsyth, (represented by Davy Forsyth) Debbie Davy (represented by John Davy, also treasurer) and Jo Baker.

It is assumed that Sandy Lamb will become a committee member once his croft assignation is finalised.

  1. Matters Arising

Trees for burned patch: Andy Cox has trees growing on, but has decided they need another year in the nursery so there will not be any new planting this year.

Deer: numbers are increasing and we could do with an organised drive, possibly two guns.

Fence repairs: Cathy will contact David Bush to ask if he wants to carry on with this job, or whether he’d prefer to give it to someone else to complete. Luke offered to take over.

Badacrain creation of new croft: Luke, who is keen to be given the chance to acquire the assignation of a new croft at Badacrain, has made enquiries. The process is quite simple as much as that it is done by someone taking the land in as an apportionment, but this raises questions:

  • Does an apportionment have to be contiguous to a croft?
  • Can the grazings committee take in the apportionment, with all soumings being reduced proportionately?
  • Will Jane Rice give approval?

It was agreed Cathy would put questions to the Crofting Commission.

  1. Financial report: John Davy has amalgamated the previous two accounts into one, Barclays 10 day account with the balance standing at £4427. He received £300 compensation from TSB over their having paid the account to Rodney Latham by mistake. The Barclays account needs a third signatory, Lisa agreed to be this. John was thanked for his efforts.
  1. 6. Next Meeting 7th May 2017

FYI: below is a copy of the e-mail I sent to the Crofting Commission (Lynne Hendry, Grazings administrator) on 27th March. I haven’t yet had a reply.

Thanks for that. The new committee has now been agreed and the
paperwork is in the post.

We now have a couple of questions:

Firstly, there is interest in creating a new croft on the common
grazings. I believe this has recently been done successfully at
Badrallach, and the process is for the land to be taken in as an
apportionment. Is it possible for this to be done by the grazings
committee on behalf of all shareholders, with everybody’s souming
being decreased accordingly, or would it have to be done by one
individual crofter?

Secondly, due to the haphazard subdivision of crofts over the past
couple of decades, and crofts changing hands more frequently, we have
shareholders with no interest in using their grazings, and crofters
with no share. What would be the most straightforward way of revising
or reallocating shares?

many thanks

Cathy Dagg

If any new crofter/shareholder is uncertain about the meaning of being a shareholder, the role of the committee etc, please do ask.

Cheers, Cathy

SCA meeting 12.3.17

Scoraig Community Association: Minutes of a meeting held on 12.3.17

Present: Malcolm Alston (Chair), Cathy Dagg (Secretary), Sandy Lamb, Laurence Glass, Aggie Brudenell, Luke Richards, Nigel Rushforth, Jan Betts, Dale Nicholson, Andy Cox, Jessie Millard

Apologies: Ian Hammons, Davy Forsyth, Jo Baker, Paul Betts, Lisa Grant

1.Minutes of previous meeting were read, approved and signed off by Chair.

2.Road Job: Laurence gave a resumee of work carried out in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Most of the work recently has been the top section up to John Sangster’s gate. A ditch collapse below Michel’s needed a plastic pipe. Scalpings from Ullapool quarry proved finer than the first batch but seem to be binding well. Luke is now going to be transporting bags of pebbles to points along the bottom section which hasn’t had any work since Dec 2015 and now has some quite large holes. There ensued a discussion on the relative merits of aggregate and pebbles.

Proposal: Laurence proposed that the present system of large pebbles and quarry dust be continued. Seconded by Luke, motion carried by all with one abstention.

Badrallach footpath: Cathy reported on the state of the footpath as exposed by the recent fire.

Proposal: Cathy proposed that a small sum from the SCA road money be used to pay for clearing culverts and ditches along the section of footpath on Badrallach common grazings, technically beyond our remit. Motion seconded by Jan and carried unanimously.

Cathy will investigate alternative sources of funding which might be approached if there is a catastrophic collapse along the Badrallach section.

3. Fire: after the recent out of control muirburn fire it was agreed that the combination of beaters and backpack sprays was effective, but the beaters were heavy and more backpacks would be useful. Luke offered to retrieve and repair beaters left at the deer fence gate. It was also agreed some training would be good, and Aultbea fire service should be approached for advice on this.

Proposal: Laurence proposed SCA funds be used to buy another backpack spray. Motion agreed unanimously

4. Insurance renewal. This is due next month, £106.7 per annum. It was agreed that it was useful and should continue.

5. Badluarach shed. Peter Young has not cleared out the shed. Malcolm will phone him and suggest that he remove anything he wants within a week, after which it will be deemed to be up for grabs.

6. First Responders: Dale is now official, but Luke isn’t at the moment. It was agreed that a refresher day would be useful.

7. Mooring Boat: The new engine was praised and Laurence thanked for his efforts in researching and finding. The mooring boat has a split plank which leaks when laden, and the Serena needs fixing up to be 8-ready. Luke offered to do this work

8. Next meeting May 14th 4pm                                                                                                  Cathy

SCA minutes 12.3.17