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.

LDO Application Form

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.

HIE and Highland LEADER logos

CALL of nature…

Ali Beag's boat in Coigach
Fame in Coigach

Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape

Communities and nature, working together:  YourCALL

CALL Development officer Viv Halcrow invites you an event in Coigach :

              Are you interested in:

  •   Wildlife?
  •   Interpretation?
  •   A Coigach tree nursery?
  •   Access?
  •    Come along and hear about projects CALL is considering for Coigach
  • MONDAY 28th JANUARY
    Coigach Community Hall, 7.30 – 9pm
    Coffee & cake provided

            Your support and input is important, to make things happen
It’s all up for discussion…
Please come and share your ideas – thank you!
More info: Viv Halcrow 07739 428211 vhalcrow@coigach-assynt.org

AGM Monday 27 August

This year’s Annual General Meeting of the Coigach Community Development Company will take place in

Coigach Community Hall  MONDAY 27TH AUGUST 2012 at 7.30pm.

AGENDA

  1. Welcome
  2. Chairman’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Fixing of Annual Subscriptions
  5. Election of Directors
  6. AOCB
  7. Q & As

This will be a chance for members to find out what’s been happening and about our continuing plans for sustainability. Full members will have the chance to vote on new directors and other relevant issues so remember to renew your membership or apply for membership if you have not already done so!

For further information email coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk . We also have a Facebook page too: Coigach Community Development Company

Hydroponicum Latest

The Achiltibuie Hydroponicum - an opportunity denied to us.

We’d hoped to be celebrating today as 20th November was the official deadline and date for completion of the sale and transfer of the old hydroponicum to Coigach community ownership. Sadly, the current owners, Moultan Ltd, a company registered in the Isle of Man,  exercised their right to withdraw the property from sale  so the champagne will have to wait. It’s not all doom and gloom though: our interest will remain on the Land Register so there may still be an opportunity to buy in the future, and it has been a useful experience for us.

Working through the Community Right to Buy process proved that we can work together effectively and with a 93% vote for the proposal to buy in the first place, showed that we have broad community support.

So, we’re disappointed but not defeated – and there are plenty of other things to keep us busy: feasibility studies are now underway for the wind turbine and micro-hydro scheme and we hope to have another underway to look at Badentarbet Pier and Old Dornie Harbour early in 2012

Another step in the Right to Buy direction!

Scottish Government Ministers have given their consent for CCDC to proceed with our Right To Buy the old Hydroponicum site for the benefit of the community. 

The Ministers considered our application carefully and made their decision in view of

  • the strength of the community ballot (97% in favour)
  • that the CCDC meets the requirements of the Land Reform Act  (Scotland) Community Right to Buy
  • that the proposals for this site are appropriate 

This is encouraging news and means we are now a little closer to our goal of acquiring land for workshop units and housing and the benefits they will bring to the people of Coigach.

We have already received some very generous donations towards the proposed purchase but we still need to raise funds.

Further donations will of course be very welcome and we are planning some fun events that will give everyone the opportunity to contribute their time, money… and soup!

If you would like to make a donation to the CCDC towards the purchase of the Hydroponicum and/or would like to know more about it and other community projects then please contact us – or drop by the hall on a Wednesday morning.    Julia Campbell and Peter Muir    Local Development Officers coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday 29th August 2011

By Julia Campbell

Old Hydroponicum ballot result.

Coigach Community Development Company is pleased to report the results of the postal ballot on the former Hydroponicum buildings and land:

In response to the question asked: – “Are you in favour of the purchase (subject to funding) of the former Hydroponicum buildings and land by the Coigach Community Development Company, to be managed for the benefit of the community?”,

the result was:

Yes:  148  (91.9% of voters)

No:  12  (7.5% of voters)

There was one spoilt ballot paper.

 220 ballot papers were issued, and 161 valid ballot papers were returned, a percentage return of 73.2%.   No proxy votes were requested.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to think carefully about this issue, who voted and contributed to such a good turnout and supportive result.  Many thanks also to John Bruce and his team at Highland Council, who administered the ballot and counted the returns. 

With that fantastic result behind us we’re busy now with the next steps in the process of acquiring the land and putting it to better long-term use for the community – and that includes putting together the business plan, organising a feasibility study, speaking with housing associations, getting quotes for site development and raising the capital we require. The route we’ll likely be taking for raising the funds will see most of it coming from grant and loan, with the loan being re-paid by rental income. Following this route we’ll also have to raise some funds from the community – and we’ve already got well over £1,000 pledged by just a handful of community-minded individuals in just one day.

If you feel you’d like to contribute a donation to this great cause, just speak with any one of the directors or with Peter or Linda.

Keep watching upcoming posts for how the community buyout develops over the coming weeks.

Well attended AGM – click to read notes and Chair’s report!

Click on ‘Chairman’s Report AGM 2011’ tab above to read Chair Iain Muir’s round-up of a busy year’s activities: the work of  Local Development Officers Linda and Peter and the Directors, Nick Clooney, Steve Husband, Ann Macleod (Ali Beag), Anne Macleod, Ian Macleod, Iain Muir, Phil Shaughnessy, Rich Williams, Julia Campbell and Ben Walton and other members of the community giving of time and skills.  The ‘Notes from 2011 AGMtab will give you the detail of all the topics discussed at the AGM.

Brave New Future for Old Hydroponicum?

Business /workshop units AT LAST for Coigach? … and affordable housing possibilities? … and MORE?

The Coigach community now has the chance to buy the old Achiltibuie Hydroponicum building together with the surrounding three acres of land (from road to shore) to use for community benefit.

This is as a result of the CCDC registering an interest in the site under the Land Reform Act on behalf of the community.

To proceed with the purchase, the CCDC must produce a feasibility study and business plan and undertake a community ballot soon (watch this space!), but before embarking on these steps we want to show residents of Coigach what currently happens in the building and hear views and ideas about what you’d like to see happening there in the future.

Please come along to the Hydroponicum on  Tuesday 28th June at either 4pm or 7pm to inspire or be inspired.

Click on ‘Old Hydroponicum’ tab above for latest news and background.

Coigach Community Survey – still time to fill it in!

Every household in Coigach will have received a Coigach Community Survey.    If you have already filled it in and returned it thank you!    If not, please do.   What we are told in the questionnaires will help us to know what people in Coigach want.

The Development Company set the last three questions in the survey:    What are the developments or changes you would like to see in Coigach?  What are the best and worst things about living in Coigach?  What measures could improve local incomes?

If you have mislaid yours or didn’t receive one, please let Linda or Peter know and we will get another one to you with an SAE – replies are anonymous.   Thank you!

We hope to have the results early next year, and will post them up here as soon as we have them!   Thanks 🙂