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Feb 18th, 2015

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Waterfalls at moderately high levels

The video shows what the waterfalls look like in winter after a bit of rain (not torrential). This is the flow level which is likely to be most damaged by the hydro where the water level is neither low (hydro not running) or high (level of abstraction likely to be overwhelmed by sheer bulk of […]

Feb 15th, 2015

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Video of the Waterfalls

I walked up round the Donich Circular this morning and took some video footage of the waterfalls for comparison with after the hydro has been constructed. The flow on the river was very low for Feb as it has been very dry recently, so the falls are not spectacular although they do look very pretty.

Feb 11th, 2015

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Loch Goil Trust AGM

The subject of the Hydro came up several times at the Trust AGM. Firstly there were some discussions around financials and how much income the community would receive from this. The figure of £50,000 was mentioned but everything was very vague with no specifics on exactly how the loan would work etc. I then asked […]

Feb 9th, 2015

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Things may be starting to happen

I found out that there have been surveyors from the developer out looking at the tailrace area. There has also been planning permission entered for a new electricity pole in the area. http://eplanning.lochlomond-trossachs.org/OnlinePlanning/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=NHWPBISI09M00 So maybe things are starting to happen now there are the first signs of spring.

Feb 2nd, 2015

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Details of potential start date

I managed to find out that the developer ‘is not intending to start before the middle of this year’. I am reading this as meaning they are intending to start in Q3, however as yet they have not applied for a red squirrel license from Scottish Natural Heritage. This license is needed to allow development […]

Jan 19th, 2015

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Contact Details for developer

I am now reliably informed that the correct contact details for the developer are in fact:- David Mosgrove Director Broadland Energy (Donich) Ltd C/o Aryhoulan Lodge, Conaglen Estate, Ardgour, PH33 7AH Telephone : +44 (0)1855 841321 Email : dmosgrove@broadlandproperties.co.uk

Nov 24th, 2014

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Red Squirrel Drey

I went for a walk round the Donich Circular early this morning. On my way back I noticed that one of the trees which is proposed to be felled as part of the development has what looks like a red squirrel drey in it. One of the contentious issues around the scheme was the impact […]

Nov 17th, 2014

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Updates

I’ve not updated this recently, not because I don’t want to, but because I am really struggling with getting any information about what is going on. This is what I personally know as of today. The National Park planning web site will be updated with any further activity, and there will be a notification generated […]

Oct 30th, 2014

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Landslides

We have had an exciting time in Lochgoilhead of late. Not only has the “Rest and be Thankful” been closed because of rain causing landslides, but we also had an incident on our local Inverlounin road where torrential rain caused a slip on to the road and blocked it for some time, with a digger […]

Oct 1st, 2014

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Minutes from Community Trust Meeting

A meeting of Loch Goil Community Trust took place on 15th September. These were the details regarding the Hydro Scheme which were posted to the community website. Energy: Peter Clark informed the directors that, he and Elizabeth had received more comprehensive information, facts and figures from the Trust’s legal advisors, financial advisors and the Scottish […]