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NEWS

Recent Meeting - Monday 12th February 2024

Our first meeting back as a full Community Council took place on Monday 12th February at 7.30pm in the Cawdor Community Centre.  The meeting was well attended by local residents and a wide variety of issues was raised.  Draft Minutes of the meeting can be found here.

Winds of Change - AGM

The Winds of Change AGM took place on Tuesday 6th February in the Cawdor Tavern.  The next meeting of Trustees to discuss large grant applications will be on 16th April and applications should be submitted by Tuesday 9th April.  If you would like further details regarding submitting an application, details are on the website.

Local Place Plan - Public Consultation Events

A series of public consultation events will be taking place next month, with one in our area on Tuesday 12th March, from 4 - 8.30pm in the Cawdor Community Centre. A leaflet will be sent to IV12 postcodes, promoting the 9 local events, including the Cawdor one.  This is an opportunity to have your say about the focus of the Local Place Plan for Nairn and Nairnshire, which will become part of the Inner Moray Firth Development Plan.  Further information about the Local Place Plan can be found here.

Beauly to Blackhillock 400kV Overhead Line Project - Public Events

SSEN Transmission are hosting a series of public events across the project route with two in our local area and all interested parties are invited to attend these drop-in exhibitions.  Details of all events can be found here, with the local events highlighted below:

  • Monday 11th March 10am - 1pm in Nairn Community Arts Centre

  • Monday 11th March 3 - 7pm in Fornighty Village Hall

Haventus, Port of Ardersier - Community Benefit Fund

A Community Liaison Group meeting took place on Thursday 1st February with representatives from Haventus.  The Port development is progressing well and a community benefit fund is being set up, £100,000 per year for 10 years, to be administered by Foundation Scotland.  The next stage is establishing a group to oversee this on behalf of the community, which will include members from Nairnshire, Culloden and Ardersier Community Councils.  A workshop, open to members of the community, will be arranged in Ardersier.  Details will be added to our website, but an outline presentation by Foundation Scotland can be viewed here.

Jubilee Wood - Hedge planting

The next phase of planting for this year will be a hedge with saplings from the Woodland Trust, which is to be planted along the the eastern edge of the site.  This will provide shelter for wildlife and birdlife, protection from easterly winds and year round colour to brighten the plantation area.  The trees are being delivered at the start of March and we will be hoping for volunteers to assist with preparing the ground before planting.  If you are interested in this project, please do get in touch.

Snow Plough and Gritter

A snow plough and gritter have been acquired for the community thanks to an application for funding made to the Winds of Change by the West Nairnshire Safer Paths group.  The equipment is being operated by the Cawdor Estate team during term time to keep the pavement from the Cawdor shop down to Cawdor Primary School clear of snow and ice.  Ownership has now been transferred to the Community Council.
 

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