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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 […]

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 […]

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 3rd, 2014

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Contact Information for Developer

I contacted the Park Planning Officer (Erin Goldie) who was responsible for the case to find out what the next steps are. This was her response. I can confirm that I am still the contact with regard to the Donich Water hydro scheme. A series of planning conditions must be discharged (by the Planning Authority) […]

Oct 3rd, 2014

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Documents from Planning Website

Many of the documents from the original planning application at http://eplanning.lochlomond-trossachs.org/OnlinePlanning/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=MNJWTGSI0AA00 have now been removed. We downloaded them some time ago and are posting them here so they can be referred to as necessary.

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 […]