There are a number of projects, which have been talked about and which will provide economic and social benefits to the area. Some of these will be led by the Development Trust and others led by individual community organisations. Either way, the Trust’s Development Officer is happy to contribute to researching, developing an delivering the community’s aspirations. The following is a summary of current activity -
An opportunity has arisen for the community to consider purchasing Stronafian Forest under the National Forest Land Scheme which provides communities with enhanced right to buy. The Forestry Commission has notified CGDT that it is planning to sell the Stronafian plantation, providing an opportunity for the Trust to acquire the plantation on behalf
of the community. The initial consultation event will take place on Sunday 11th July at 2.30p.m in Colintraive Village Hall. To take the Stdronafian Forest Project forward, CGDT needs the community’s support. This consultation is an important first step and the Directors of CGDT ask that there is full community attendance at this important meeting.
The immediate priority for the Trust is to ascertain whether a wind farm might be established within the forest, providing a long term income to support further social, economic and environmental activity identified by the community. The plantation however, also offers other opportunities for the community and these might include -
~ Running a conventional Sitka Spruce plantation for the benefit of the community
~ Replanting native woodland in open areas
~ Building in the forest, including affordable homes and woodland crofts
~ Creating sustainable energy from the forest through large scale biomass and small scale roundwood sales
~ Exploiting the amenity value of the woodland,including woodland schools, training,heritage and natural history opportunities.
~ The formation of a community forest network with other community owned woodland in the area.
There are several other projects which are being investigated by the Trust and which are currently at the developmental stage. As soon as there are definitive proposals for any of the potential projects, the community will be consulted to ensure the developments are supported before being progressed.
~ENERGY AUDITS - In conjunction with AliEnergy, home energy surveys are being carried out to help householders in Col-Glen to minimise energy bills and identify eligibility for energy improvement grants.
~ COLINTRAIVE GATEWAY – as a welcoming point to the wider area and capturing the quarter of a million visitors who pass through annually on their way to Bute and offering economic opportunities.
~ PONTOON DEVELOPMENT – to attract the increasing number of yachts which visit the area.
~ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS – to create a welcoming feel to both Colintraive, particularly around the ferry area and to Glendaruel, particularly around the Clachan and access to the Kilmodan Stones
~MINI HYDRO SCHEME – to help generate income to support development projects
~RIVER RUEL ACCESS – improvement of access along the riverside, including interpretation
~COLINTRAIVE AND GLENDARUEL VILLAGE HALLS – The committees of both village halls have development ideas which CGDT have committed to helping bring to fruition