Ullapool Community Trust is delighted to announce that lots of local voters took part in the recent Lael Forest Community Hydro ballot and that a huge proportion of people voted in favour of the proposal. All of the Trust’s directors and staff would like to thank everyone for their interest, question, involvement and votes!
The ballot was sent to the 1738 voters living between Gruinard and Elphin and was returned by 1010 people which equates to a response rate of 58.11%. Of the returns 96.53% voted in favour of the proposals from UCT for hydro schemes at Lael Forest.
As the ballot has shown strong local support for the Lael Forest Community Hydro project UCT will now work on a National Forest Land Scheme application to lodge with the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS). Since the burns are on FCS land the application is required and must be approved before more feasibility work can be carried out. A successful application will also allow the community to develop the projects if local people continue to support the proposal once more investigation work is completed. The National Forest Land Scheme application will be lodged with the FCS this autumn and UCT will keep the community updated on progress over the coming weeks and months.
At this stage UCT are keen to establish a team to help progress the project. If you would be interested in being part of the team or want to find out more about what would be involved please contact the Trust’s Local Development Officer Ewan Young or a UCT directors. Contact details available here.
More info on the Lael Forest Community Hydro project is also available.