Our neighbours at Inveronich were informed today by Hydroplan that work is about to start shortly on a) the access road b) tree felling around the powerhouse area and pipeline route c) surveying work for power cables.
I’m a bit surprised that after a year’s delay this is happening so quickly. We had been informed by the Argyll and Bute planners that a ‘Construction Method’ statement had to be filed with them before work could start, and we see no sign of this on their website. We are going back to the Planning Officer to get confirmation.
We were also under the impression that finance was still being organized, and that a red squirrel license to operate in the area had to be arranged (not sure whether they have been granted one or not). It also seems odd that the people conducting the work (or at least communicating about the work) – are Hydroplan who were the consulting engineers on the project, rather than Broadlands, the actual developer. No end to odd on this whole affair I am afraid.
Be that as it may, the first stage would appear to be to resurface the road and we are told this will only cause it to be closed for a week.
Watch this space… I will be taking many photos during the construction process, and also illustrating what the area looks like before and after the work. It will also be interesting to see what the effect on the river is – it has been dry here of late and the river has been reduced to a mere trickle.