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Apr 5th, 2016

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Pipe Connected

The pipe is now connected at the back of the pump house, and has been buried under the path to the Scottish Water installation and also down the hillside as far as I can see from the bottom. They have also just laid the first courses of breeze blocks which will form the pump house […]

Apr 2nd, 2016

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Silt Again

These photos were sent in by a concerned local resident and shows the amount of debris which is getting in to the Donich. One of them shows the junction between the Donich and the Goil to demonstrate the difference. . I’ve noticed myself the amount of silt which is getting washed down the river – […]

Apr 1st, 2016

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Pump House

I noticed yesterday that the skeleton for the pump house has been installed. It is not quite as tall as I had imagined it, but is still going to be quite a substantial building. They have also cut the pipeline trench to where you can see it from Inveronich (not a good picture but it […]

Mar 31st, 2016

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Updates – Path and Loan

I asked the planning department about whether there had been an extension to the time allowed for closure of the Donich Circular path. It had been a condition of the original planning permission that it would only be closed for three months (and this time period has now expired) unless application was made for an […]

Mar 28th, 2016

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Update on Donich Hydro Finance from Trust AGM

These notes were taken at the Loch Goil Trust AGM meeting which occurred on 16th March 2016 by an attendee member. We did not publish them until now as they were still subject to contract. We have asked the Trust whether or not the matter is now completely finalized. “At the recent Lochgoilhead trust AGM […]

Mar 25th, 2016

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Silt in the Donich

I’ve noticed since the construction started that there has been unusually high levels of silt in the Donich which is normally very clear. The other day I visually compared the water in the Allt Airigh na Creige (stream flowing off Cnoc Coinnich – I think the Gaelic means something like “Burn of the rock of […]

Mar 24th, 2016

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Restoration of Path

Today by my reckoning was three months since the path up to the waterfalls was closed. Access was supposed to have been restored at this point, and the path reinstated in a ‘normal’ condition (in fact this was a specific condition of the planning permission being granted). As of today the path is a) still […]

Mar 18th, 2016

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Community Trust AGM

Some important information regarding the finances for the hydro was shared at the AGM, but as this is still subject to contract I will not put any details up until March 24th by which time it all has to be completed.

Mar 15th, 2016

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Pipe into the Tailrace

The pipe has now been inserted underground into position ready to plug into the tailrace and covered over with some of the stones that had been dug out for the trench. Presumably this was what was making the very loud noise which was echoing over the valley all yesterday afternoon. I walked up to the […]

Mar 15th, 2016

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Spillage

A local resident out walking on Sunday spotted this leak of diesel running down the access road. This could potentially affect the village’s water supply and has been reported to SEPA.