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What to do with an old slipway?

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At the start of the year, the lease of the slipway at Maraig, to Scottish Salmon Co. expired. The site has been cleared, the derelict shed removed and the fences replaced. The Trust now has full control over it’s use.

The site includes quite a large area of hard standing. Water, electricity and sewerage are still available. The slipway itself is in good condition, but the depth of water doesn’t lend itself to launching much more than kayaks, except at high water.

 

Informal use of the slip has been granted in the past for local boat owners and the Scaladale Centre. They have run sailing, kayaking and gorge scrambling activities from the site. The challenge now is to determine the best use for the site, and how it can make some money to cover ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs.

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AGM Notice

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2018 Guided walks programme available

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The 2018 guided walks programme is available here.

The programme features some classic walking routes and speciallity wildlife watching walks. New for this year are “mountain of the month” walks. These walks will showcase the finest of Harris’s mountains. The location of each mountain of the month walk will be published on this website, Facebook and in the Tarbert tourist information, the week before the start of the walk.

Take a look at the programme, there is a walk for all levels of fitness and ability. 

 

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Applications for 7A & 7B Creag Aonaich Open

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We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the tenancies of the new houses at the former Scalpay Care Unit. 7A & 7B Creag Aonaich are available for rent as from March 2018

7A is an unfurnished three-bedroom semi-detached property over two floors and rental for this property will be £400 per month (not including bills)

7B is an unfurnished two-bedroom semi-detached property over two floors and the rental for this property will be £320 per month. (not including bills)

Each property has its own parking space for 1 car, a small garden area to the back of each property with a washing line. Both properties benefit from air source underfloor heating and a small multifuel stove. The kitchen and living areas in each property are open plan with the main bathroom in each downstairs and the upstairs bedroom benefiting from ensuite facilities. Plans for each property are available to veiw below.

Application forms can be downloaded from the link below or obtained from the North Harris Trust office and completed applications must be returned to Karen MacRae no later than 5pm on Friday 16th February 2018.

 

NHT Housing application 2017

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Maraig Slipway Consultation

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There will be a public meeting next week to discuss future uses of the slipway at Maraig. The Scottish Salmon Co. has recently handed the site back to the Trust. We are now looking for ideas for how the site can be developed in a sustainable manner.

Date: Tuesday 23rd January

Time 19:00

Venue: Scaladale Centre

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Scalpay School Options Drop In Session

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There will be an informal drop in session in the Scalpay Community Centre on Tuesday 16th January between 2:30pm and 7:30pm to give the local community an opportunity to see the initial options that have been identified by the team of consultants for the future of the school complex. It is very important to us that the community have the opportunity to view these initial options and give their feedback so please do go along of you can.

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Scalpay School Public Meeting

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We have recently commissioned consultants to carry out a feasibility study on the potential future uses of the Scalpay School complex. As with all potential NHT projects we want to engage with the local community and get your thoughts and ideas. To facilitate this a public meeting will be held in the Scalpay Community Centre on Monday 20th November at 7:30pm. Representatives from the NHT Board and Staff will be present as well as the consultants carrying out the study. Please do come along. If you are unable to make the meeting but have an idea or comment you would like to make about the future of the school buildings, then please e-mail Karen MacRae karen@north-harris.org

 

 

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Community Consultation Meetings – Nov 17

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Refurbishment of the former Scalpay Care Unit

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In October 2016 we approached CNES with a view to purchasing the former Care Unit in Scalpay having leased it from them for a few years as accommodation. With funding assistance from the Scottish Land Fund the purchase was completed in spring 2017. When Scalpay first came into community ownership in 2013 the community were consulted as to what projects they would like to see NHT take forward in Scalpay and the repurpose of the former Care Unit was highlighted as a priority. In the short term it was agreed to lease the building to see what interest there was and for the 3 years we leased the building it was fully occupied. This lead to the decision to purchase and refurbish the building into two semi-detached houses. Funding was secured from LEADER and the Rural Housing Fund and contractors Neil MacKay and Co began work in June this year. The refurbishment is progressing well as you can see from the images below. Once the project is complete we will have a 2 and a 3 bedroom home available for affordable rental. The properties will benefit from underfloor heating, solar panels and a wood burning stove which will significantly reduce heating costs. The houses are due to be complete in January and we will then advertise for tenants. If you would like further information contact Karen on karen@north-harris.org

 

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Water worlds: top 10 marine adventure holidays worldwide

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Lanzarote, Belize, Mexico and Harris -all mentioned in the Guardian’s article on underwater adventures.

Following BBC’s Planet Blue series, there has been an increase in interest in what goes on under the surface of our oceans. The Guardian has picked 10 trips that explore the oceans, from reef conservation in Belize to snorkel trails in Scotland.

See the article HERE

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