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Oct 14th, 2015

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Considerably more construction work done

With the road finished, the construction work has moved to the ‘top end’ where the dam is to be created. I walked up to take a look last night – they seem to be working very hard as there are people there until the light is going at night. To see the work in progress […]

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 […]

Oct 5th, 2015

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Construction started in earnest

Construction of the hydro proper has now begun at the top end. We also received the construction method statement and notice of initiation of construction which I have attached to this post. I had a very quick look at it earlier today and didn’t see anything overtly unreasonable, although the timelines for getting it completed […]

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 […]

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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Finance Enquiry sent to Loch Goil Trust

This is the text of an open letter we wrote to the Trust on 9th June. FAO Lochgoilhead Community Trust: RE: Donich Hydro Scheme Just to follow on from the questions I had during the recent Community Council AGM. There were a number of points outstanding, and it seemed perhaps best to put these in […]

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 […]

Apr 20th, 2015

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No news is?

I’d like to say ‘Good News’ – but I simply don’t know as I am finding it impossible to get any further information from anyone on what is going on and when the proposed start date actually is (assuming, perhaps wrongly, that a decision has been made on the matter). I am now going to […]

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 […]