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Sep 21st, 2015

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Construction has started

Our neighbours and ourselves have now received a couple of informative emails from both Broadlands and Hydroplan telling us that work on the access road is definitely starting this week. We’ve been told that as residents, the road will not be closed to us, although it will be to members of the public (who frankly […]

Sep 15th, 2015

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And now it is about to start

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 […]

Apr 24th, 2015

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Finally managed to get some news

I finally managed to get an update from the Loch Goil Community Trust. They made three main points. The Trust are apparently not receiving any communication from the developer. The same goes for the developer’s consultants, the Forestry Commission and others trying to deal with them. In the opinion of the trust, once this developer […]

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 […]