Another milestone reached for Coigach!

How the wind turbine will look from east Polbain, dwarfed by Conival and Ben Mhor Coigach.
How the wind turbine will look from east Polbain.

Coigach Wind Power Ltd, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Coigach Community Development Company, is delighted to announce that the planning application for the long-awaited, single community wind-turbine has now been validated (checked for completeness and planning fee paid) and it will be formally advertised on Friday 6th September in the Ross-shire Journal and Edinburgh Gazette.

Chair of Coigach Wind Power Ltd is Alison Sinclair and the other directors are Kevin Peach, Steve Husband, Anne Macleod and Iain Muir.

This is the culmination of many years of research, consultation with both the community at large and bodies such as Scottish Natural Heritage and landowners Scottish Wildlife Trust, an independent Feasibility Study and full Environmental Impact Assessment.

A Highland Council run ballot of local residents showed strong local support for taking the wind turbine community project forward.

For more information about the project, the planning process and how you can give your support to it, please follow this link  to the Coigach Wind Power Ltd website (or click the link on the sidebar to the right of your screen).

Summer Newsletter

CCDC Summer News 2013

Click on the link above to have a read of  our

Summer Newsletter.

And of course since this was written, there was big news for Coigach at the weekend (13th July 2013)  when our local coastal rowing team won the Skiff World Championships in Ullapool! The rowers make up about 10% of the population of Coigach so it’s big news in our tiny community with just about everyone involved in some way or another.

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Lined up and ready to go

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Meet our intern!

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CCDC is delighted to welcome Kati, our Third Sector Intern who is currently here working with us in Coigach on a renewables research project. The post is supported by Third Sector Internships Scotland and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Kati is a second year student at Edinburgh University but hails from Finland. Fortunately the sun has been shining more or less since her arrival in early June and she has already met many of the locals, taken an oar in our coastal rowing boat, and climbed a few mountains! Last week she accompanied a small party on a study visit to Lewis which will help with her research for us. Kati says “I am really enjoying life in this fantastic part of the world and everyone is so friendly!”

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Going native (note the wellies).

Achiltibuie Business Development Officer Wanted

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COIGACH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

 Achiltibuie Business Development Officer

 Part Time Position – 19 hours per week

Salary up to £24,480  —  pro rata; up to 2 years funding available

 Closing date for applications: 12 Noon    10 June 2013

 Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) is seeking to appoint an energetic and self motivated person to drive forward the development of the community owned Achiltibuie Smokehouse property to deliver a real benefit for our community. Working with a number of partners, professionals and contractors you will have excellent organisational and communication skills, and good written English. The work involves working with the local community to assist with the stimulation and evaluation of project ideas; to undertake research on the proposed project ideas; and to participate in planning and development of the smokehouse property with the project management committee and/or project manager.

Experience of securing funding would be desirable. 19 hours per week, some evening and weekend working, some travel to external training courses, seminars or study visits will be required.

The creation of a modern business premises and establishment of one or more new businesses is the expected

project outcome. Job creation, re-employment of former smokehouse staff, and the creation of a popular tourist attraction could make a significant contribution towards the socio-economic wellbeing of Coigach.

Place of work: Achiltibuie Smokehouse property in Altandhu (and some home working). For details of the post please contact Julia Campbell by email (coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk) or phone 01854 622379 – or to help make our recruitment greener, please visit: click on the links below   to view all details.

Achiltibuie Business Development Officer Job Details

The post is funded by the Scottish Land Fund

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Local Development Officer Wanted

 COIGACH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

Local Development Officer

Part Time Position – 19 hours per week (job share)

 Salary: £24,480 pro rata to December 2013

(Dependant on funding, post may continue past December)

 CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – 12 Noon Monday 10 June 2013

Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) is looking for an energetic and self-motivated individual to take forward a range of community projects as part of a Highlands and Islands Enterprise initiative Growth at the Edge/Fas aig an Oir.

The CCDC has been part of Growth at the Edge/Fas aig an Oir project since 2010. During this time CCDC has developed the Coigach Community Growth Plan which outlines the main issues, concerns and opportunities identified by local people and sets out the projects and results residents want delivered over the coming years. The successful candidate will assist CCDC and the community to take forward a range of projects and implement the Coigach Community Growth Plan, enhancing the socio-economic, cultural and environmental welfare of the local area.

For a detailed job description/person specification, please click on the links below or contact Julia Campbell by email: coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk  or phone: 01854 622 379.

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LDO JOB DESCRIPTION & PERSON SPECIFICATION

The above post will be funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Highland LEADER until December 2013 with potential for continuation if further funding is secured.

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Tanera on sale!

Tanera Mor in Summer Isles on sale for £2.5m

Just this weekend Tanera hosted a wedding party. The knot was tied on the island and the newly-weds started  life together amid spectacular scenery and happy friends. Guests stayed in the holiday cottages and joined the bride and groom to celebrate, enjoying a feast of local produce in the boatshed café – followed by some traditional ceilidh dancing to Kevin Macleod and his band, and then an island boogy with some more current sounds from their own DJ.
Now the island is on the market – here’s your chance to start a new life!
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For further information please click on the links below:

BBC Highland News

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CKD Galbraith are the agents managing the sale; you can contact the Inverness office on 01463 224343 or inverness@ckdgalbraith.co.uk.

Achiltibuie Smokehouse Development Officer

Part Time Position – 19 hours per week

Salary £24,480 pro rata; up to 2 years funding available

 Closing date for applications: 12 Noon 06 May 2013

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Members of the community celebrate their new acquisition!

Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) is seeking to appoint an energetic and self-motivated person to drive forward the development of the community owned Achiltibuie Smokehouse to deliver a real benefit for our community. Working with a number of partners, professionals and contractors you will have excellent organisational and communication skills, and good written English. The work involves working with the local community to assist with the stimulation and evaluation of project ideas; to undertake research on the proposed project ideas; and to participate in planning and development of the smokehouse property with the project management committee and/or project manager.

Experience of securing funding would be desirable. 19 hours per week, some evening and weekend working, some travel to external training courses, seminars or study visits will be required.

The creation of a modern business premises and establishment of one or more new businesses is the expected project outcome. Job creation, re-employment of former smokehouse staff, and the creation of a popular tourist attraction could make a significant contribution towards the socio-economic wellbeing of Coigach.

Place of work: Achiltibuie Smokehouse in Altandhu (and some home working).

For details of the post please contact Julia Campbell by email (coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk) or phone 01854 622379 – or to help make our recruitment greener, please  download the details here:

Job Description for Smokehouse Project Officer

 The post is funded by the Scottish Land Fund

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Sits Vac: Intern for the Summer in Achiltibuie

Coigach Community Development Company

Community Research (Renewables) Intern

Summer 2013 in Achiltibuie

£2,607.50 based on £7.45 per hour. A total of 350 hours, to be worked either 35hrs pw x 10 weeks or 17.5hrs pw x 20 weeks (flexible and open to discussion). Working from home (or base other than office) may be considered on occasion or where appropriate.

Coigach Community Development Company has been successful in securing funding for a Summer 2013 internship post. In broad terms the intern will -: help to propose a fair and equitable way of managing community income from renewable energy projects developing in Coigach by researching the approaches taken by other communities and considering guidance provided on the subject from other sources. The intern will also have the opportunity of contributing to other ongoing projects.

The post is currently advertised nationally on www.3rdsectorintern.org.uk and throughout careers services within universities in Scotland. Candidates will be required to complete the online Third Sectors Internship Programme application form. The vacancy is open to all students currently studying at a Scottish university. Closing date for application is 12th April. Interviews will be held in Achiltibuie on Monday 13th May.

For further information about Coigach Community Development Company please contact Julia Campbell, Local Development Company 01854 622 379  coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk

Ben Mor Hydro Ltd: Information Meetings

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Tuesday 19th March 7-9pm  and Wednesday 10am – 12noon (note, the Wednesday session may finish early due to a funeral in the hall).

Coigach Commmunity Hall, Achiltibuie

An invitation is extended to come and view the plans for the proposed hydro scheme on the Alt Ach A Bhraigh (Youth Hostel) Burn in Coigach. The scheme is a collaborative one between Coigach Community Development Company and Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Representatives of all parties involved  will be  present (weather permitting)  and are keen to share their vision for this exciting project.
Supported by Community Energy Scotland, the aim is to generate a sustainable income for inward investment within the community.

We look forward to seeing you there!