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Oct 13th, 2015

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Extra trees marked for felling

One of the Inveronich residents has queried the developer around a number of trees (17 or 18) which appear to have been marked for felling around the area where the powerhouse is to be situated. These do not seem to correspond with the planning regulations which stated that only 2 trees would be felled. The […]

Jul 24th, 2015

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Planning Update

We’ve resumed our walks around the Donich circular now that the midgies have abated and there is no sign of any further construction activity. We have also been in touch with Erin Goldie from Argyll and Bute planning. From their perspective, the next thing that will happen is that a ‘Notice of Initiation’ will have […]

Jul 22nd, 2015

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Community Council Update

Our hopes for getting some kind of detailed response on the letter that was sent to the Trust was not forthcoming at the Community Council meeting. After specifically being asked about it, we were informed that no further information from Broadlands had been forthcoming. Apparently this is still being chased but I am not personally […]

Jun 12th, 2015

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Some Updates

This is some further information I have managed to glean from various sources. The Cormonachan scheme which was the sister scheme to the Donich (over at the other side of the loch) has been cancelled (or at least postponed indefinitely) – apparently because it was not possible to connect it to the grid. It is […]

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 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 […]

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 22nd, 2014

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Amusing….

It is quite amusing to note that during the planning process, one of the points raised in support of the scheme was that (I paraphrase) ‘The Donich Circular was obviously not of great importance as a tourist attraction as it was not well signposted’. Ironically enough, a few months after the final decision, a very […]