Lochcarron Community Development Company News, July August 2018

The LCDC volunteers and our Development Officer have been working as hard as ever to deliver multiple projects in the area. As ever we are incredibly grateful to the support of the community and especially to the volunteers who make it possible to achieve things which benefit the whole community. It’s never easy getting everything done, finding time or achieving deadlines, and those who are working away in the background contribute so much.

Housing Survey
Highland Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) has previously conducted a housing needs survey to ascertain the future residential housing needs. LCDC is working in partnership with HSCHT to deliver affordable housing in Kirkton Woodland. It came to light that many local businesses were also struggling to grow or remain sustainable due to the lack of accommodation for employees in the area. As with many aspects of community sustainability, the problems are multifaceted and intertwined. With more working age families in the area, other smaller businesses would do better, local services and infrastructure could be protected from cutbacks and other growth opportunities would arise. HSCHT organised a second survey so we could find out more about this, this time the survey went to local businesses. Thanks largely to the enthusiastic efforts of Peter MacKenzie, who distributed and collected surveys we have had a very high level of responses that clearly shows that there is a need for a range of housing solutions in the Lochcarron area.

HSCHT have now awarded a tender for a site infrastructure survey which will start soon.

Bushcraft at the Treehouse.
At the time of writing family events at the treehouse are planned, we’ll have a report about asap.

Market days
These have been continuing to help raise some much needed funds each month and provide an important community social event. Many thanks to Sheila Cudby who has stepped in to help coordinate the catering, thanks also to those who all help make this event happen, you are all much appreciated! We are still very short of kitchen and general hall volunteers, if you feel you could help with setting things up, taking the meal payments, serving food or in any other way, we’d love to hear from you. The next dates are August 31st, September 28th, and October 26th. If you would like to book a crafts, charity or produce table for £5 please contact infosmithyhub@gmail.com

The Smithy Hub
The site has been a little quieter than usual during the heatwave and world cup, we fully expect visitors to increase again once the football is over!  At the iGallery, the availability of volunteers to staff the desk has been a struggle, many visitors really value having a friendly local person to answer their queries. If you’d like to sit in for an hour or two to meet visitors, again we’d love to hear from you. The Highland Council proposed visitor information shelter to be built on site has had various delays to do with some technicalities, but the final stumbling blocks have been resolved and we are told that work on the shelter will start at the end of July. This will extend the current visitor information capacity and provide a year round facility. Any local businesses, organisers of individuals who wish to display promotional materials please pop it up to the iGallery.

The Dairy
Work on the Dairy project is ongoing, the sub committee working on the funding application and business planning have all been going over the facts and figures with a fine comb before the next funding application is submitted. We will keep you updated.

Firewood
This is a good time to stock up on firewood to dry before the winter and support the community woodland development, if you’d like to order chopped logs or lengths of timber contact kirktonfirewood@gmail.com
01520 722 952.

 

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