Kinlochbervie Village Hall – New Committee

The Annual General Meeting for the Kinlochbervie Village Hall was held on Tuesday 25 April 2017 and a new executive elected.

Position Name
Chair Sandra Kaczmarek
Vice-Chair James MacDonald
Secretary Heather Paterson
Treasurer Tanya Morrison
Booking Secretary Donna Morrison
Others
Member Eilidh Clark
Member Sophie Clark
Member Chris Ambler
Member Scott Paterson

Community Planning Partnership Workshop in Durness 9 May 2017

The Highland Community Planning Partnership are hosting a series of workshops to hear views on local community issues such as transport, mental health and wellbeing, poverty and safety. The only meeting on the West Coast is scheduled for Durness on 9 May 2017. Lunch is provided but you need to book. The Community Planning Partnership includes representatives of Highland Council, the NHS, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

 

Broadband Update

Superfast broadband has been available in Kinlochbervie for several weeks .  The cabinet is in Dog Street near the Bijou gift shop.  Initial feedback suggests that customers are receiving speeds between 25 Mbs (at Loch Clash) and 60-70 Mbs (McBeath Court, Innis Place).  In order to obtain fibre broadband, it is necessary to sign up with an internet service provider.  It does not happen automatically.

To get superfast speeds (24 Mbs or more), a property should be within about 1.2 km of the exchange. Beyond this distance, satellite is the only current method available of increasing internet speeds.  If  your current speed is less than 2 Mbs, you might be interested in the Better Broadband Voucher Scheme which can provide a grant of £350 towards satellite installation.

https://www.scotlandsuperfast.com/where-when/the-programme/alternative-solutions/

In the future, 4G will be an option in areas not currently covered.  There is currently a program to roll out 4G coverage to all of Scotland by the end of 2018.

The following article from Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband has information about “long lines”; this refers to the situation where properties are too far from the cabinet to benefit from fibre broadband.  This applies to about 50% of the properties in the Kinlochbervie area.

Long Line Information

The following table gives some information about different broadband speeds.

Community Council News

The Community Council minutes for 28 February 2017 have been uploaded to the Community Council page.  These were approved at the meeting that was held on 28 March 2017.  Draft minutes of the March meeting will be uploaded when available.

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for 25 April 2017 at 7.00 pm at the Harbour Offices.

The Community Council notice board located outside Bervie Stores (Spar) is operational again.

Loch Clash – Design Principles

The Board of Directors met on 14 February 2017 and considered the survey results to date, the community feedback at the two public meetings and informal conversations with local residents.

The Board of Directors came to the following conclusions.

  • Loch Clash Pier should be a public space that happens to have a bunkhouse.  Local people and visitors should feel equally welcome to enjoy the pier.
  • The building should have two main uses:  tourist information/heritage centre/broadband access/meeting place AND bunkhouse accommodation.
  • Because of strong local opposition, we are dropping the café and retail space; however, we hope that the design will have enough flexibility that this may be added in the future.
  • The development should take full advantage of its unique location on the sea.  The heritage centre could contain displays on local maritime history and fishing.  There could be facilities that cater to outdoor activities such as diving or kayaking.
  • The building should “fit in” with other buildings on Loch Clash and should be in scale.  Board members preferred a building that would suggest the pier’s industrial past.

Loch Clash Design Principles February 2017