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May 28th, 2016

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Change to position of Louvres in Pump House

We have received a report that a complaint has been made to the Planning authority about an allegedly unauthorized change to the design of the Pump House in contravention of the planning consent granted. Basically, in the original drawings of the Pump House, the louvre openings were located at the back of the building, pointing […]

May 22nd, 2016

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Further updates on Hydro

Sunday today and just back from holiday so walked the site from top to bottom as there have been a number of updates since we went away. At the top end, the Donich is still running diverted from its main bed, but the concrete dam seems nearly finished.  There is a corrugated concrete construction in […]

May 10th, 2016

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Cladding and perhaps some progress on the path

The pump house is now largely covered in wood cladding.  It actually doesn’t look bad, although I see little evidence of the recessing into the ground which had been promised during the planning process. On the hillside, there is some evidence that the reconstruction of the path may be beginning (just as well as there […]

Apr 29th, 2016

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Up at the Top

  Some photos of progress up at the top have been sent in.  It looks as though the river has been diverted out of its bed and through a pipe in order to allow in river work to take place.    

Apr 27th, 2016

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Some more changes

Some kind of equipment is now being fitted into the pump house.  I am wondering if this may be the sound insulation…. It also looks as though part of the hillside is in the process of reconstruction as a large wall of boulders has been built in to part of the gash in the hillside […]

Apr 27th, 2016

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Some finance details published

Some news about the finance deal was finally published on the Community Website. Info from Community Website It is interesting to see that the figure of £100,000 (gross) and £50,000 (net) income to the community which was mentioned in the minutes of the 2015 Lochgoilhead Community Trust AGM seems to have declined pretty radically to […]

Apr 21st, 2016

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Progress at the Pumphouse

The pump house is nearly finished and two large objects that look like air conditioning units are sitting in front of it.  They are labelled ‘sound control’ so I am guessing they must be noise insulation. I’ve not heard anything further from the Trust or anyone else on the Finance update which had been supposed […]

Apr 21st, 2016

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Battlefield Hillside

The hillside up from Inveronich now looks like the battle of the Somme.  There is no sign of a construction corridor any more – just a wide sweep of devastation over the entire hillside (not sure the pictures do justice to how awful it looks).  Allowing for the three month extension which was granted at […]

Apr 13th, 2016

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Finance Update

I heard (unofficially – as I am not holding my breath for the official announcement) that the finance deal went through on the 24th March. This means that provided the Hydro goes in to operation by September, that the community will get a proportion of the money originally promised from the scheme. As the environmental […]

Apr 11th, 2016

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State of play mid-April

These were some pictures we took mid April. There have not been many changes up at the top end, with the river not yet connected in to the pipe. At the bottom, the pump house is mostly clad in breeze blocks; the tailrace has yet to be constructed. The path up to the falls is […]