Coigach Piers and Harbours
The Appraisal of Options report for Badentarbet and Old Dornie Piers and Harbours has been completed by Wallace Stone and hard copies are available at the hall and post office.
There will be a public meeting on Wednesday 8th January at 7.30pm in the hall, where John Porteous from Wallace Stone will present the report. All welcome.
If you are pier user, or feel the future of the piers may have an impact on your life please fill in our questionnaire. Just click on this link: Questionnaire Coigach Piers, then print off the questionnaire, fill it in and return it by MONDAY 25TH JUNE to: Julia Campbell or Peter Muir (Local Development Officers), Coigach Community Hall, (Achiltibuie, IV26 2YG) Achiltibuie or Polbain Stores, Achiltibuie Post Office or any of CCDC’s directors: Phil Shaughnessy, Ben Walton, Richard Williams, Ian Macleod (PO), Iain Muir, Nick Clooney, Ann (Ali Beag) Macleod, Linda Macleod or Steve Husband. Unfortunately we’re not sophisticated enought to enable you to fill it in online…yet.
Wallace Stone Consulting Engineers have now carried out a full structural survey of Badentarbet Pier and Old Dornie Pier and Harbour. The results of the survey and this questionnaire will form part of a study of what developments might be possible IF we were to take these facilities into community ownership.
Most regular pier users will be aware of the current problems: largely due to lack of investment and general wear and tear, and we hope, will have some suggestions for improvements. As well as those who use the piers on a regular basis, many others have an interest or are indirectly affected by what happens to them. For instance, access to the Summer Isles is a major tourist attraction to Coigach and kayaking and other water sports are increasingly popular with visitors.
Wallace Stone also plan to hold informal discussions with pier users so that there will be a further opportunity to discuss the current problems; what improvements might be sought and if there is scope for developing the piers and deriving an income from them should they be under community ownership. If it is clear there is a desire to pursue community ownership, and seek the funding required, it’s important that we can demonstrate we have community backing and that you, as a member of the community have the chance to air your views.
For inspiration, you may also like to have a look at what other communities are doing: Carbost Pier www.carbost-pier.org.uk is a good example as and they have documented their developments on the website. If you “like” them on Facebook you can enjoy a regular stream of pictures of cleat fittings, and lots of people in high-vis jackets doing useful and impressive engineering work.
For further information please email Julia Campbell, Local Development Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
This project (Coigach Piers Feasibility Study) is being part-financed by Coigach Community Council, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Summer Isles Enterprises, Coigach Community Development Company and The European Community Highland Leader 2007 – 2012 Programme.