Shorefront Update – January 2021
FAO of Arisaig residents and businesses – we have been disappointed to hear that our grant application to the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund has been unsuccessful. On the positive side purchase of the land from the MacMillan Trust has been completed and our planning application for the proposed scheme has been approved, without conditions, by the Highland Council. In addition we have received a grant of £1000 from the Co-op Bank to be spent on an accessible picnic table and interpretive signs.
As a community we are now faced with a choice – do nothing or do something. ACT would like to hear your views on whether to simply leave things as they are or to start a community DIY effort to improve the shorefront area. To this end we will be putting a simple survey question on our website. The poll will be active until the end of February. We appreciate that not everyone has online access and this is just a simple snapshot to gauge whether or not there is appetite for action. If there is, we will make sure there is consultation and involvement as the project moves forward.
If you have suggestions for action and/or would like to volunteer your time then please email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK. Arisaig Community Trust has received funding from the Heritage Emergency Fund to support us during the current Covid pandemic. The funding has allowed ACT to make vital adjustments to facilities in the village of Arisaig. This has assisted in welcoming the return of visitors to the area. To find out more about the Heritage Emergency Fund visit their website https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/heritage-emergency-fund
The final design has now been submitted to the Highland Council for planning approval. The reference is 20/03984/FUL and if you wish to comment on the application you can do so either by logging into the HC website or in writing. The full documents submitted for the planning application are available over on our projects page.
In addition to the planning application we have submitted a grant application to the Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund. The decision on this application is due in early December.
Thank You to all the Arisaig residents who took the time and trouble to respond to our survey on the shorefront project. These responses varied from simple, short answers to the survey questions to comprehensive reviews of the proposals and in one case a marked up plan! More information on the feedback results and the different design options put forward for the community consultation are available in the Projects Section
The next submission deadline for the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF), to whom we will be applying in order to fund the Shorefront Project, is the 25th Sept 2020. We had hoped to hold a community consultation in the Astley Hall however due to Covid-19 restrictions, this is no longer possible. We have emailed and posted details out to all those on our database but want to make sure we connect with as many residents as possible. More details of the 3 options are available in the Projects Section. Please note – we need your comments/feedback by 7th August. This will give us time to collate all responses and feedback them back to the designer.
This week our new fruit trees arrived from Shielfoot Organics and we visited the site behind the playing field this week to see where would be best to plant them. A lot of clearing and deer-proofing will be needed before the trees can go in the ground so we are hoping to organise 2 community work days in February to prepare the site for planting (weather depending!)
Friday 21st February 1-4pm & Friday 28th February 10am-4pm. Sign up to volunteer here on our website or send us an message (email or facebook).
We are delighted to announce the successful award of £258,150 from the Scottish Land Fund to enable us to buy the site for community housing and two areas of amenity land in the village. Negotiations are now underway with the sellers and plans are ongoing for both projects. Within the village, owning the shorefront, playing field and the area around the field will enable us to take forward plans for sustainable tourism and continue to improve the facilities for residents and visitors: a new car park, new paths, better refuse management, new seating and interpretation boards are all part of the current plans. We are still actively consulting with residents and community members about these plans and welcome input or suggestions…what would you like us to do with these areas? What is working and what is not working. Please let us know.