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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 […]

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 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.

Mar 2nd, 2016

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Wildlife Survey

This is the document resulting from the second wildlife survey which was carried out in September last year. The results provided by it are very disappointing and surprising as again the survey failed to find significant evidence of the protected mammals which are known to be in the area and which we have ample evidence […]

Feb 24th, 2016

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At the Waterfall

I went up to the Waterfalls yesterday to take a look at how they are getting on with the path. It was really too muddy to look very closely, but they seem to be laying the pipes down the hill now. The former path is now basically a road made out of mud. I did […]