The Moy Sub-committee has been established by Strathdearn Community Developments (SCD) with the specific purpose of identifying projects for funding through the Strathdearn share of the Moy Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund. A full explanation of Key Tasks, Membership and Governance can be read in the pdf Terms of Reference (493 KB) .
The event on Monday night, hosted by the Moy sub-committee, was to enable residents from Moy, Ruthven, Lynebeg and Dalmagarry to come along and meet the committee and discuss ideas on what to do with the Moy Community Benefit Fund.
Around 30 people from the area gathered in the hall over tea and biscuits. Marian Hendry, Chair of the Moy sub-committee, welcomed everyone and Richard Cooling, Chair of Strathdearn Community Developments, gave a background to the Moy superfast ‘fibre to the premises’ broadband scheme: an example of a project that invested some of the wind farm money in upgrading local services. Javier Amores from Eneco, site manager of the Moy Wind Farm, and Robert Thorburn, Openreach digital partnership director for Scotland, talked about their experience of working with the community on the scheme. Several residents talked about the difference from their almost non-existent broadband service to being able to video call relatives down south now that they can choose from speeds of up to 300 mbps.
The evening continued with the chance to discuss both current and new projects for the community. Lots of good ideas were generated, some that can be implemented right away and others to look at in the long term. There were several categories considered: Health, Vulnerable and the Elderly, Children and Young People, Carbon Reduction, Environmental, Educational and Skills Development, Self-help Groups, Sustainability, Community Regeneration and Community Buildings. However, any idea counts, big or small and the committee would like to remind everyone that their ideas matter, so keep them coming!
The Moy Sub-committee was established by Strathdearn Community Developments (SCD) and, as agreed at the first meeting of the subcommittee on 29th November, the membership comprises:
Marian Hendry - Chair
Iain Macdonald - Vice-chair
Jimmy Duncan - Strathdearn Community Developments representative
Margaret Saunders - Strathdearn Community Council representative
The sub-committee meets on a monthly basis and its purpose is to identify projects from local residents for funding through the Strathdearn share of the Moy Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.
The Moy Sub-Committee has its own folder in the Document library on the Strathdearn community website where you can keep up to date with the minutes of meetings, background documents and the latest reports.
OPEN EVENING - AN OPPORTUNITY: " It's your community fund what would you like us to do with it?" - evening Monday 12th February Strathdearn Hall 6.30 - 8.30
As you may have seen on the notice board, the Moy Matters page of the Strathdearn website or on the Strathdearn Facebook page, residents of Moy, Lynebeg, Dalmagarry and Ruthven are invited to come along to our open evening for a chance to have an informal chat about new and previous project ideas with the members of the sub-committee over tea, coffee and biscuits. It will be our first opportunity to get together as a community.
We want you to come along with your ideas for improving Moy - big or small, we want them all! Your ideas can be whatever is is beneficial to our community - environmental and wildlife projects, education and skills development, health, community buildings, heritage or sustainability for starters!
The sub-committee members want everyone to keep in touch so, if you want to contribute or give any feedback, please feel free to contact any of the sub-committee members at any time.
Plan for the evening
6.30pm - 7pm
Marian Hendry, Chair of the Moy sub-committee
Robert Thorburn, Openreach digital partnership director for Scotland
Euan Fraser, Eneco (Windfarm Company)
Richard Cooling, Chair Strathdearn Community Developments
7pm - 8.30 pm Project ideas, open forum
We look forward to meeting up on 12th February. REMEMBER ............. we need you to share your ideas - don’t keep them all to yourself!