Inchree Community Steering Group

12th December 2019

1900 – 2115

Apologies:     SM, JM, Kathleen Dickson, Barry Marshall

Minutes proposed by Lisa and Iain Jenner

No amendments

1.         Building layout – put to next meeting

2.         LHA – Proposed letter sent to LHA on the 11/12/2019 – everyone has seen the letter.

  •         HIE John McDonald (JM) met with KS, IJ 25/11/19

Valuation for barn to be covered by Community Association. (£300)

We will have to fundraise for any other costs.

SLF Stage one application:  Minimum of £2500

SLF Stage two application:  Minimum of £10000

Legal fees: Use the HIE Legal Land Fund Use and claim back through the SLT stage 2.

Pays for – Business plan, Architects drawings, solicitors fees etc.

JD questioned why FLS were expecting Group to pay half the legal fees for the barn.

Group have to cover costs for their own legal fees, shouldn’t be expected to cover them twice.

JM –  JM contacted groups regarding questions raised at meeting regarding funding. Funding from IMPACT

Reply from JUST ENTERPRISE – Karen McClean-Yuille helps business plans doing CAT’s with FLS.

Fundraising needed to be done for business plan.

IMPACT Hub Islands: Experienced in our type of business plan.

JM suggested getting back in touch with Strontian group.

CALORGAS Rural Community Fund

JM gave a list of banks that could help group:

TRIODOS Bank (Dutch)

Ecology bank

Royal Bank                              

4.         LHA – Ronnie Mcrae (RM) and Margret Moynihan (MM)

They both had a copy of letter sent by IJ and said they wanted to work in partnership with the group.

IJ said this wasn’t what the letter was implicating and that we wanted to reduce the amount of car usage into the village not increase it. 

That we are tapping into existing usage by visitors and wanting to encourage families cycling into the area and make it safer for them to do so.  Using existing path network that exists on OS map.

Stage one application will include vertical descents and field.  Barn is now being given to community by Forestry so this won’t go into stage one app.

Waiting on Lyndsey Sharp from Forestry to email drawings and plans across to group.

RM said he had misunderstood letter and thought that we would want to go into partnership with LHA to improve junction and that there would still be a possibility to build houses on the field as LHA now have access to funding that they didn’t have before.

He mentioned the type of housing that could be put on the field but wouldn’t give a straight answer on how many.  He did mention that they were in negotiations with Bunree and building houses on their plot of land.

The group felt like they were being held to ransom as RM said LHA couldn’t offer their support until LHA find another plot to build on.

The group asked the question…..where do we go from here?

Site visit suggested at the field as LHA feel the area could be looked at for housing again now that they have funding to improve the infrastructure of the junction.  Infrastructure fund.  Date to be arranged.  Unlikely to be before the New Year.  This affects the group going for the last application for the stage one funding.

He was left in no doubt that the group do not want housing on the field and that this affects the whole point of the project and in no way did the letter sent by IJ imply that this is what the group wanted.

Kate Forbes and Andrew Baxter to be contacted again as they are the ones that approached the residents of Inchree to take on the field.

IJ to suggest 5 sites that could be looked at by LHA to build on, instead of the field.  IJ agreed to email these to RM to consider.

RM and MM left meeting at this point.

5.         VAL meeting – 4 attended, KS, SM, IJ and LG – useful.

identified Sarah Kennedy as a possible accountant for the group.

John Hutchinson and John Blair mentioned funding opportunities for the Barn.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Scottish Rural Development fund

Emma Taylor said group would get 50% off any planning application if forms submitted through the Community Council.

Highlands SSE said that 3-5% of the annual profit would go back into the communities fund.(£35 million?).

Karl to organise a meeting with Just Enterprise / IMPACT for the the business plan.

Coastal Communities Fund is available.  Area wards of councilors can apply for it on the communities behalf.

The group need to target Andrew Baxter and Ian McClean for the Inchree Project.

  • Sustrans – IJ spoke to COSMO who in turn are trying to contact Phil?

Funding available to connect cycle tracks but a business plan is needed first.

Toilets and showers and places to stay would be appealing to them, for example four seasons have accommodation.

Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund – min spend of £75K, this could be put towards a number of cycle tracks or extra facilities as mentioned above. Applied for through the Community Council.

Cycle tracks don’t need to be tarmac as long as they spur off of an existing SUSTRANS track, like the fire roads we have up to the waterfalls at inchree.


Karl mentioned contacting Butterfly conservation.  CC reminded KS that Barry Marshal contacted them last year.  KS to speak to BM.

CC to speak to a contact in Scottish Water.

Scottish Electric need to be contacted.  We need a 120 amp supply.

CC to find out process for Heritage lottery fund.

A folder needs to be set up with the funding opportunities available and the process needed.

Lisa to contact Strontian.

Neil Blair to set up website – launch event on the 25-26th January  Group need to set up a similar display as was done on the Open Day.

Helen from VAL can help with filling out funding applications.

Meeting Closed 2115.

Minutes- 5th September 2019

Present  Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell, Dave Wrigglesworth,  Karl Spierling , Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also , Nicola Mair, Isobel Logan, Morag MacIntyre Andrew Baxter(late)

Apologies   AnnMarie Cameron, Stewart Livingston

Minutes of last meeting be accepted  proposed CC  Seconded KS

Treasurers Statement

£1228.41 in bank

Matters Arising


Base has been cemented in

IJ and SL to finish


Successful and well attended, well done to AnnMarie and team


 Submissions 24/9-8/10. Nomination papers available on HC website . Election 20 November. First meeting of the new council to be held in December or January.

LG notice on CA FB

AM on CC website


DW to put up posters


AM has applied to the Ward discretionary fund for £200 for minute Secretary, notices and laminating equipment.


Retrospective planning has been applied for for a timber short term letting property in Old Town. Objections have been raised by neighbours whose property is overlooked by the development. Kate Forbes had been approached to take it up with planning and now nearest neighbour notices have been issued for retrospective planning.

Following discussion of what would be an acceptable outcome

DW to write letter of objection on behalf of the neighbours and make a late submission

AMC to inform the Planning Officer

IJ to contact the grazings clerk


Emptying of bin to be monitored




  1.  CC had experienced a delay when making a 999 call and has taken it up with Cllr Andrew Baxter.
  2. DW asked CC if it was possible to move the cow feeders on the gorge road as the path was becoming impassable with slurry.
  3. NM informed the council that the police are receiving training in the use of mobile devices
  4. Concern was raised over drainage onto the beach from the pods at the Onich hotel AB to contact Planning Officer
  5. Another car has come off the road at Ash Cottage IJ to add to communication with Transport Scotland. NM to enquire about unmarked car presence in village.
  6. Old Town sign is causing problems for visitors calling late at night and unable to find the road

Meeting closed at 9pm

Date of next meeting   Thursday 5 December 7pm (or 9 January if there is an election)