CGDT AGM, 2pm, 16th December 2018 at Colintraive Village Hall

The board of the Trust are please to announce the Annual General Meeting of CGDT as follows:

2 p.m. on Sunday, 16th December 2018
at Colintraive Village Hall

Agenda, draft Company Accounts &
Director nomination forms are available in Minutes & Other Essentials.
[trust membership + renewal available on the door]

With presentations afterwards from:

The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
Progress Update & Future Plans

Kyles Community Broadband
Update on Broadband Provision for the Kyles Area

As ever, all are welcome.

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CGDT AGM Postponed

The Development Trust has had to postpone the forthcoming AGM until December due to some delays with the publication of our draft accounts. We anticipate the draft accounts to be available very shortly and hope to announce the revised date very shortly.

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Kyles Community Broadband is looking for a temporary Community Liaison Officer

For more information on this exciting post please visit KCB’s website, here.

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We’re Recruiting a General Manager & Development Officer!

General Manager & Development Officer

Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust are seeking a General Manager & Development Officer for 4 days a week to work with the trust on projects as varied as the Cowal Way, Stronafian Forest and Community Broadband. This is a self-employed contract for self-starting, highly motivated individual with an interest in Community Development and our community.

Terms: £16 p/hr, 4 days p/w, 6 month contract to March 2018. Contract share available.

Application Form | Job Description

More details from cgdt@cgdt.org Closes 28th September

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CGDT AGM 1st October 2017, Glendaruel Village Hall

The Annual General Meeting of the Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust will take place at the Glendaruel Village Hall on Sunday 1st October 2017 at 2.00pm. We will be sending out further paperwork shortly. Members welcome!

There will be a community meeting afterwards, from 3pm, with presentations on the various projects the Development Trust has been working on this year. All welcome.

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Clachan Hub Consultation: Draft Design

screenshot-2016-10-07-at-13-01-00On Wednesday 5th October, CGDT convened our 8th community consultation meeting to discuss the Clachan Hub. While we reported on progress towards the funding application, the main business of the meeting was to consider the draft plans from our architects INCH. To that end, and to continue the dialogue regarding the building, and also, because of technical difficulties in presenting the full treatment at the meeting, CGDT are publishing INCH’s presentation here now.

The document begins with the general design treatment, how it sits in the landscape, and its appearance. It then moves onto exemplars of various kinds around materials, shape and construction. Finally, the presentation discusses the internal layout.

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While CGDT is very happy with the general concept, because it embodies all the feedback we have had from the community from our previous 7 meetings, the details are still very much in discussion, particularly the location of the bar / servery area in Building 01 and the access to the changing rooms in Building 02. We would welcome any comment, positive or negative, as well as thoughts on layout and structure. And of course if you have questions, please don’t hesitate!

Here’s the PDF of the entire document, please click to download –> 122-cgdt-hub-initial-proposals-b4

All feedback to cgdt@cgdt.org

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CGDT is Recruiting for a Part-time General Manager to start at the end of the month

Colintraive & Glendaruel Development Trust are recruiting a General Manager for a 1 year part-time post (14 hours)

An exciting opportunity to join a highly successful and ambitious community organization at the heart of Cowal.

The general manager will have responsibilities in the key areas of governance, human resources (HR), public relations and initial project development.

Application forms can be requested by ringing 01700 841 358, emailing cgdt@cgdt.org or downloaded from www.cgdt.org/form

Applications can be emailed to cgdt@cgdt.org or delivered to CGDT, Colintraive Village Hall, Colintraive, PA22 3AS

Funded by Highlands & Islands and the Cruach Mhor Windfarm Trust

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Clachan – Community Meeting 8 – 5th October 7pm in Glendaruel Village Hall

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The 8th Community Meeting for the Clachan Project will take place at the Glendaruel Village Hall on Wednesday 5th October at 7pm.

This meeting will give all interested parties the opportunity to look at the progress being made and to feed in their views to the process.

The project architects will be presenting the draft plans for the building and giving an explanation as to how they used the information they got from the previous meetings to influence the layouts they have drafted.

All are welcome to attend.

 

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CGDT Statement to the Community Council regarding suggested Public Meeting on Community Wind Turbines

With regard to the offer made to the community council by the CGDT chair to hold a public meeting to discuss the community project to build two wind turbines in Stronafian Forest, the determination of the Development Trust board on the matter is as follows.

After much discussion the board have decided not to go ahead with a public meeting. There are several reasons for this:

1.  The planning application is being processed and further discussion will not add materially to the outcome of the council’s deliberations.
2.  We have invested over £120,000 in this project as part of a CARES loan. We have match-funded this investment at a rate of 5% of Forest Development Funds. This is a significant commitment for the trust, with these funds being applied for and granted in the full light of community scrutiny through AGMs, published minutes and community plans. We are bound by that commitment to follow the process through and we believe that while it is everyone’s right to have a view on a planning application, we are disappointed that the community members who are now so strenuously objecting didn’t make their views known at an earlier juncture and in a spirit of consensual community planning.
3.  We are further disappointed that these concerns were not raised when the initial planning decision to allow a met mast to be constructed was made.
4.  Furthermore, and in the light of 2 & 3 above we are more than content that there were sufficient public consultation meetings over the last 2 years for the community to be fully appraised of the project. The Community Council is well aware that owning and running our own renewables project has been a primary objective for the Trust since 2009.
5.  We are not convinced that a further meeting will provide any level of resolution for either those who support the trust’s application or those who do not. We are concerned that if we provided a community forum in this format there is likely to be a deepening of the adversarial climate which has emerged over the issue.
6.  The Development Trust has maintained a transparent stance with regard to the project, and have always encouraged members of the community to come to the board, individual directors or our staff to express concerns.
7.  As we have said repeatedly at AGMs and other meetings, the Development Trust would rather those whose are dissatisfied with our progress, step up, become directors or members of working groups and help direct the trust’s agenda.
8.  We stand by our assertions of the benefit of this development to the whole community: in its ability to offset many of the cuts the council is having to apply; and in its support of the development plan (redrafted in 2013) which the Development Trust is following (and which is published through the CGDT website).
9.  Lastly, planning consent if we receive it, is only one step along a much longer road which involves subsidy levels, funding rounds, finance and business planning – all of which will dictate whether or not this is a viable project. To go forward this project must earn the community at least £57,500 per annum on average in combined profit and community benefit.

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Leapfrog: improving communication in community-led projects

Wednesday 11th May 6pm until 9pm
 
We would like to invite you to an evening workshop about improving communication in community led projects and designing new approaches to community consultations.
The workshop will be delivered by the Institute of Design Innovation and Lancaster University as part of a research and exchange project called Leapfrog. The project looks to improve and support communication and engagement with members of the public about local area development and public services (leapfrog.tools).
The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and there is no charge to attend the workshop. If you attend all we will ask is that you come armed with experience of working in your community and a willingness to discuss the issues and challenges you have faced.
The workshop will take place at 6pm until 9pm on the 11th May at the Colintraivevillage hall.
 
If you want to explore new ways to engage with people, make communicating projects easier and talk about how to make projects easier to manage, all over a glass of wine then please come along.
 
If you would like to attend please register at our Eventbrite page by following the link below
 
Alternatively contact Paul Smith on p.smith@gsa.ac.uk to find out more or reserve a place. And if planning ahead isn’t your thing, please feel free to drop in on the night.
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