At the Strathdearn Estate and Business meeting on 11th August 2015, concern was raised about the poor broadband speed, which is particularly bad up the glen towards Coignafearn.
As a frequent broadband user myself, and with a young family who always seem to want to watch things like Netflix and BBC iPlayer (often at the same time!), I realised that something needs to be done to improve the service not just at the top of the glen but throughout the whole of Strathdearn.
In recent weeks I have spoken to Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and BT; both organisations have been extremely helpful in informing me of the current situation and the potential solutions:
Strathdearn community council needs you to stand in the present elections to the Community Council
Forms need to be received by Charles Stephen. Ward Manager, Town House, Inverness IV1 1JJ BY 4PM ON TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER
Eneco is offering a site visit to Moy Wind Farm for members of Strathdearn Community Council.
Saturday 3rd October
You are requested to wear sturdy shoes and warm, waterproof clothing for the visit. Eneco will provide Hi-Vis jackets and helmets, should they be required.
If you would like to attend the tour, please put your name on the register located in Tomatin Country Store by 16:00 on 21st September 2015.
CALLING ALL MOY RESIDENTS TO A MEETING ABOUT COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUNDING FROM THE MOY WINDFARM
MONDAY 10 AUGUST 2015 at 7.30pm in the STRATHDEARN HALL
For the past two year Eneco has worked closely with both community councils to discuss the ‘development’ of the ‘Moy Community Benefit Company’ which will have both community councils represented on the decision making panel alongside representatives from the local communities.
At the Moy Wind Farm Community Benefit Working Group meeting on 24 February it was ‘ agreed to move the process forward (continuing with the Joint Company) given the work that has gone into the benefit model over the last two years”
In May 2015, Eneco received correspondence stating that there was a desire to split the community benefit fund and for the Strathnairn Community Benefit Company (set up by npower) to administer the Strathnairn portion of the fund. This would be a 21.5/78.5 split with Strathdearn receiving the larger share.
On 12 May Guy Madgwick and Zoisa Walton of Eneco met with Vivian Roden of Strathdearn Community Council and Isobel McQueer of Strathnairn Community Council, following which the following statement was issued by Guy Madgwick:
“We met with representatives from Strathdearn and Strathnairn today, 12 May. On discussions we have identified there is no winning solution for all and therefore given the situation Eneco reverts to the Moy community benefit model. This will be reviewed after a two year period. We would like to invite four representatives from Strathdearn and four from the Strathnairn area to continue to participate within the working group for the Moy community benefit model. As previously stated, we always wish to carry out what the community wants, however, as both community councils cannot agree on a model we now feel that we have to take that decision. Eneco would like to thank all those involved”
Strathdearn Primary School is co-ordinating the Annual Community Litter Pick once more and are looking for volunteers to take part on Saturday 23 May from 10 – 12noon.
We will meet at the Village Hall, all gloves, litter pickers, bags provided.
The more the merrier!