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Kingussie Community Development Company
Minutes of Annual General Meeting
2nd February 2010 – Silverfjord Hotel
 
Present:- Directors - Len Cruickshank (Chair), Donnie Grant, Andy Dunn, Amanda Calvert, Dick Webster, Iain Dyce.
 
Members – Tom Prescott, John Patchett, Bill Smith, Mrs. W. Smith, Peter Sleaford, Zandra Sinclair, Jen Dunn, Ernest Emmett, Helen Graham
 
Apologies:- Richard Sweetman, Alan Davidson, Val Emmett, Karen Craig, Gregor Rimmell, Ailsa Schofield, Gwynneth Wright, Jennifer Anderson, Tom Davy, Judith Smith, Moira Webster, Alison Shaw, Anne Cruickshank, Jan Grant, Lesley Dyce.
 
  1. Welcome - Chairman Len Cruickshank (LC) welcomed everyone to the 3d AGM of KCDC.
 
  1. Minutes of the previous AGM of December 4th 2008 were accepted as accurate. Proposed J.Dunn, seconded J.Patchett.
 
  1. Matters Arising – a) Footbridge reopening was welcomed.
                                       b) Website has been partially updated.
                                       c) Energy training day took place.
 
  1. Chairman’s report – LC reported good progress. He intimated that important items such as paths and energy, would be dealt with by the directors responsible. The key achievements were seen as the completion of the bridge replacement and of the Gynack Interpretive trail. These were opened and celebrated on Kingussie’s Homecoming Day. The Chairman hoped that these had been welcomed by the townspeople. 
           The chairman thanked financial contributions from Glenmore Lodge, Leader, Highland Council, Cairngorm National Park, Community Action for Energy and the Community Energy Fund.
           A special thanks was given to retiring director Alan Hunt, the man
       Chiefly responsible for pushing forward the Birchwood Trail and to
       Ken Reid on his retrial from the position of Community Council
       Representative.
             A welcome would be given to a new CC Rep.
      
  1. Treasurers Report – LC referred to his report. (Appendix 1). He was happy to take questions relating to details. The acceptance of the report was proposed by John Patchett and seconded by Tom Prescott.
 
  1. Appointment of Accountant – Appreciation of the work of PeterMunro &Co. was expressed and the re-appointment was accepted. (prop. P. Sleaford, sec. J. Patchett).
 
  1. Appointment of Directors – Thepresent directors will continue in position.
 
  1. Subscriptions 2009-2010 – After some discussion it was agreed that the subs. would continue at £2 per person with donations encouraged.
 
  1. Project Reports
 
Renewable Energy – Donnie Grant introduced the report with a history of the proposals for the mini hydro scheme at Strath Lynn. He expressed the hope that a new proposal for a 19 kw. station would be successful. The cost of installation was envisaged as £140,000 with a net income annually of £10,000. Full survey funding of £1,000 was to be met by Scottish Community Foundation.
                                   
o       CES have welcomed the proposal citing accessibility and educational potential as particular strengths. DG suggested sources for funding would include Leader and S&S Energy. Also discussed was the possibility of renewable energy products in community buildings, e.g. golf club and Talla Nan Ros. Energy efficiency was also discussed as intimated in the Renewable Energy Groups full report. (Appendix 2). E. Emmett informed the meeting that the Iona Gallery Committee were looking into using an air sourced heat pump for that building.
 
o       Footpaths – Andy Dunn referred comprehensibly to the Footpath Groups Report (Appendix 3). There was considerable discussion over COAT’sintention to charge £1 for a footpath leaflet. Various problems were foreseen with this arrangement. 
 
o       Biodiversity – Ian Dyce gave an account of actions to be taken to improve the Birch/hazel Wood – the removal of sycamore; the encouragement of native species and the erection of bat and bird boxes. A focus for this would be the Biodiversity Day on 22nd May 2010. Tom Prescott has volunteered to demonstrate the use of moth traps on that evening.
 
o       Community Woodland – Amanda Calvert reported that the proposals for safe cycling areas and a forest school were at an early stage. (There is in Kingussie a qualified Forest School leader). There could be the encouragement of various courses relating to woodland activities. Management of Tom Baraidh would be necessary. LC stressed that encouraging contact had been made with the landowners.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Appendix 1
 Kingussie Community Development Company
 
Draft Profit and Loss Account
for the Year Ended 31 August 2009
 
         31.8.09         31.8.08
         £         £         £         £
 
Income         -         -
 
Other income
H I E start up grant         -         1,000
Scottish Community Foundation         -         734
Sundry receipts         -         113
H M R & C online filing award         -         100
Donations and contributions         350         37
Grants         36,500         -
Subscriptions         461         307
Bank interest received         32         5
 
37,343
 
 
2,349
 
 
 
 
 
         37,343         2,349
 
Expenditure
Meeting room hire         51         124
Insurance         227         191
Stationery and administration         10         43
Footpath construction         36,044         -
Sundry expenses         372         104
Accountancy         100         54
Community foundation costs         -         734
Legal fees         101         89

 

 
36,905
 
 
1,339
 
 
 
 
 
         438         1,010
 
Depreciation
Equipment         7         7

 

 
 
 
DRAFT NET PROFIT         431         1,003

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Appendix 2
 
 

K.C.D.C. RENEWABLE ENERGY REPORT FEBRURY 2010.

 

In 2009 a R.E. sub group was formed with Donnie Grant as Convenor, supported by Bill McCarthy, Malcolm Thain and Bob Stirling. The group met 3 times between June and November and discussed the options available to the Company.

 

1. HYDRO

Discussions with Pitmain Estate confirmed that they were likely to install a hydro scheme above Pitmain Lodge, diverting excess water into Loch Gynack and then through a controlled outlet to a turbine and back into the river. Draft surveys have been completed, with a final decision likely in Summer 2010.

This would also control the flooding downstream, thus making a community mini hydro below Strathlynn a viable project especially with the increased tariffs available from 2010. A short survey in Oct. 2009 confirmed this and we now have funding available to complete a full survey on an Archimedean Screw System in Spring 2010.

 

2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY

During 2010 it is hoped to have the ability to carry out energy efficiency reports on domestic properties while also providing advice and assistance to carry out measures to reduce the carbon footprint of the community. We are looking at similar schemes currently operating in other communities.

 

3. RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTS

We are actively working with community groups like the Golf Club, Shinty Club and Talla nan Ros on installing RE products, including solar panels and woodfuel heating in their premises and we hope to influence Highland council to use RE sources if and when Kingussie Courthouse is renovated.

 

During the latter part of 2009 K.C.D.C. reached the Scottish short list of the “Green Streets Programme” run by Scottish Gas but though we were complimented on our hydro project we did not make the final 2 who walked away with over £100k each!! We are however working up Grant Applications for the 3 projects listed above and hope to have them all active during 2010.

 

 
 
Appendix 3
 
 
 
KINGUSSIE FOOTPATHS GROUP REPORT
 
 
MILL TRAIL PANELS AND GYNACK BRIDGE
 
Work on these two interlinked projects has been successfully completed, thanks to the help and support of COAT and the CNPA. Anecdotal comment on both these items has been extremely positive.
 
TOWN TRAIL
A second phase of local signposted trails is now proposed within the town of Kingussie. Work on this will be pursued in conjunction with Kingussie Community Council and Fiona Maclean Community Heritage Office with the CNPA.
 
ONGOING WORK : COMMUNITY PATHS, CORE PATHS, STRATEGIC ROUTES, UPLAND PATHS
Chris Goodman, Project officer with COAT is doing an excellent job in promoting and co-ordinating pathworks.
 
COMMUNITY PATHS –Paths to Raitts, Golf course circular, Tom Baraidh and Creag Beag have all benefited from work this year from COAT, Community Service personnel, BTCV, Oatridge College, KHS Rural skills group.
 
A Local Volunteer Group to do light, non-mechanical maintenance work on community paths would be a helpful and welcome addition to footpath work. Anyone who feels able to volunteer to give a little time to such a group, please get in touch with Andy Dunn on 01540 661330.
 
CORE PATHS – Work on the core path between Loch Gynack and the Wildcat Trail in Newtonmore has begun but has been been held up by the winter weather. It is anticipated that the path will be open in the spring.
 
STRATEGIC ROUTES such as the Speyside Way and Upland Paths in the Cairngorms will continue to be established and improved by COAT.
 
WALKING TO HEALTH. This project was recently highlighted in an article in the Strathy. COAT, in the person of Mandy Way, would like to establish groups in Badenoch, following their success in Aberdeenshire. Mandy would like to talk to individuals who might be interested in training to become a group leader of a Walking to Health group. Mandy would be pleased to answer questions on this topic.
 
 
 
 
 
PROMOTION AND INTERPRETATION - Leaflets and panels.
 
COAT and the CNPA have agreed to produce an updated leaflet of local signposted footpaths which meet acceptable standards for walking. These should be available in the Spring; it is anticipated that there will be a charge of £1 per leaflet.
 
As indicated above (Town Trail), it is anticipated that meetings will take place with interested parties to discuss points of historical interest, both in relation to Raitts with the souterrain and the possibility of creating a historic trail within the town. 
 
 
  
 
Kingussie Community Development Company

 

Minutes of Annual General Meeting
2nd February 2010 – Silverfjord Hotel
 
Present:- Directors - Len Cruickshank (Chair), Donnie Grant, Andy Dunn, Amanda Calvert, Dick Webster, Iain Dyce.
 
Members – Tom Prescott, John Patchett, Bill Smith, Mrs. W. Smith, Peter Sleaford, Zandra Sinclair, Jen Dunn, Ernest Emmett, Helen Graham
 
Apologies:- Richard Sweetman, Alan Davidson, Val Emmett, Karen Craig, Gregor Rimmell, Ailsa Schofield, Gwynneth Wright, Jennifer Anderson, Tom Davy, Judith Smith, Moira Webster, Alison Shaw, Anne Cruickshank, Jan Grant, Lesley Dyce.
 
  1. Welcome - Chairman Len Cruickshank (LC) welcomed everyone to the 3d AGM of KCDC.
 
  1. Minutes of the previous AGM of December 4th 2008 were accepted as accurate. Proposed J.Dunn, seconded J.Patchett.
 
  1. Matters Arising – a) Footbridge reopening was welcomed.
                                       b) Website has been partially updated.
                                       c) Energy training day took place.
 
  1. Chairman’s report – LC reported good progress. He intimated that important items such as paths and energy, would be dealt with by the directors responsible. The key achievements were seen as the completion of the bridge replacement and of the Gynack Interpretive trail. These were opened and celebrated on Kingussie’s Homecoming Day. The Chairman hoped that these had been welcomed by the townspeople. 
           The chairman thanked financial contributions from Glenmore Lodge, Leader, Highland Council, Cairngorm National Park, Community Action for Energy and the Community Energy Fund.
           A special thanks was given to retiring director Alan Hunt, the man
       Chiefly responsible for pushing forward the Birchwood Trail and to
       Ken Reid on his retrial from the position of Community Council
       Representative.
             A welcome would be given to a new CC Rep.
      
  1. Treasurers Report – LC referred to his report. (Appendix 1). He was happy to take questions relating to details. The acceptance of the report was proposed by John Patchett and seconded by Tom Prescott.
 
  1. Appointment of Accountant – Appreciation of the work of PeterMunro &Co. was expressed and the re-appointment was accepted. (prop. P. Sleaford, sec. J. Patchett).
 
  1. Appointment of Directors – Thepresent directors will continue in position.
 
  1. Subscriptions 2009-2010 – After some discussion it was agreed that the subs. would continue at £2 per person with donations encouraged.
 
  1. Project Reports
 
Renewable Energy – Donnie Grant introduced the report with a history of the proposals for the mini hydro scheme at Strath Lynn. He expressed the hope that a new proposal for a 19 kw. station would be successful. The cost of installation was envisaged as £140,000 with a net income annually of £10,000. Full survey funding of £1,000 was to be met by Scottish Community Foundation.
                                   
o       CES have welcomed the proposal citing accessibility and educational potential as particular strengths. DG suggested sources for funding would include Leader and S&S Energy. Also discussed was the possibility of renewable energy products in community buildings, e.g. golf club and Talla Nan Ros. Energy efficiency was also discussed as intimated in the Renewable Energy Groups full report. (Appendix 2). E. Emmett informed the meeting that the Iona Gallery Committee were looking into using an air sourced heat pump for that building.
 
o       Footpaths – Andy Dunn referred comprehensibly to the Footpath Groups Report (Appendix 3). There was considerable discussion over COAT’sintention to charge £1 for a footpath leaflet. Various problems were foreseen with this arrangement. 
 
o       Biodiversity – Ian Dyce gave an account of actions to be taken to improve the Birch/hazel Wood – the removal of sycamore; the encouragement of native species and the erection of bat and bird boxes. A focus for this would be the Biodiversity Day on 22nd May 2010. Tom Prescott has volunteered to demonstrate the use of moth traps on that evening.
 
o       Community Woodland – Amanda Calvert reported that the proposals for safe cycling areas and a forest school were at an early stage. (There is in Kingussie a qualified Forest School leader). There could be the encouragement of various courses relating to woodland activities. Management of Tom Baraidh would be necessary. LC stressed that encouraging contact had been made with the landowners.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Appendix 1
 Kingussie Community Development Company
 
Draft Profit and Loss Account
for the Year Ended 31 August 2009
 
         31.8.09         31.8.08
         £         £         £         £
 
Income         -         -
 
Other income
H I E start up grant         -         1,000
Scottish Community Foundation         -         734
Sundry receipts         -         113
H M R & C online filing award         -         100
Donations and contributions         350         37
Grants         36,500         -
Subscriptions         461         307
Bank interest received         32         58

 

 
37,343
 
 
2,349
 
 
 
 
 

 

         37,343         2,349
 
Expenditure
Meeting room hire         51         124
Insurance         227         191
Stationery and administration         10         43
Footpath construction         36,044         -
Sundry expenses         372         104
Accountancy         100         54
Community foundation costs         -         734
Legal fees         101         89

 

 
36,905
 
 
1,339
 
 
 
 
 

 

         438         1,010
 
Depreciation
Equipment         7         7

 

 
 
 

 

DRAFT NET PROFIT         431         1,003

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Appendix 2
 
 

K.C.D.C. RENEWABLE ENERGY REPORT FEBRURY 2010.

 

In 2009 a R.E. sub group was formed with Donnie Grant as Convenor, supported by Bill McCarthy, Malcolm Thain and Bob Stirling. The group met 3 times between June and November and discussed the options available to the Company.

 

1. HYDRO

Discussions with Pitmain Estate confirmed that they were likely to install a hydro scheme above Pitmain Lodge, diverting excess water into Loch Gynack and then through a controlled outlet to a turbine and back into the river. Draft surveys have been completed, with a final decision likely in Summer 2010.

This would also control the flooding downstream, thus making a community mini hydro below Strathlynn a viable project especially with the increased tariffs available from 2010. A short survey in Oct. 2009 confirmed this and we now have funding available to complete a full survey on an Archimedean Screw System in Spring 2010.

 

2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY

During 2010 it is hoped to have the ability to carry out energy efficiency reports on domestic properties while also providing advice and assistance to carry out measures to reduce the carbon footprint of the community. We are looking at similar schemes currently operating in other communities.

 

3. RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTS

We are actively working with community groups like the Golf Club, Shinty Club and Talla nan Ros on installing RE products, including solar panels and woodfuel heating in their premises and we hope to influence Highland council to use RE sources if and when Kingussie Courthouse is renovated.

 

During the latter part of 2009 K.C.D.C. reached the Scottish short list of the “Green Streets Programme” run by Scottish Gas but though we were complimented on our hydro project we did not make the final 2 who walked away with over £100k each!! We are however working up Grant Applications for the 3 projects listed above and hope to have them all active during 2010.

 
 
 
Appendix 3
 
 
 
KINGUSSIE FOOTPATHS GROUP REPORT
 
 
MILL TRAIL PANELS AND GYNACK BRIDGE
 
Work on these two interlinked projects has been successfully completed, thanks to the help and support of COAT and the CNPA. Anecdotal comment on both these items has been extremely positive.
 
TOWN TRAIL
A second phase of local signposted trails is now proposed within the town of Kingussie. Work on this will be pursued in conjunction with Kingussie Community Council and Fiona Maclean Community Heritage Office with the CNPA.
 
ONGOING WORK : COMMUNITY PATHS, CORE PATHS, STRATEGIC ROUTES, UPLAND PATHS
Chris Goodman, Project officer with COAT is doing an excellent job in promoting and co-ordinating pathworks.
 
COMMUNITY PATHS –Paths to Raitts, Golf course circular, Tom Baraidh and Creag Beag have all benefited from work this year from COAT, Community Service personnel, BTCV, Oatridge College, KHS Rural skills group.
 
A Local Volunteer Group to do light, non-mechanical maintenance work on community paths would be a helpful and welcome addition to footpath work. Anyone who feels able to volunteer to give a little time to such a group, please get in touch with Andy Dunn on 01540 661330.
 
CORE PATHS – Work on the core path between Loch Gynack and the Wildcat Trail in Newtonmore has begun but has been been held up by the winter weather. It is anticipated that the path will be open in the spring.
 
STRATEGIC ROUTES such as the Speyside Way and Upland Paths in the Cairngorms will continue to be established and improved by COAT.
 
WALKING TO HEALTH. This project was recently highlighted in an article in the Strathy. COAT, in the person of Mandy Way, would like to establish groups in Badenoch, following their success in Aberdeenshire. Mandy would like to talk to individuals who might be interested in training to become a group leader of a Walking to Health group. Mandy would be pleased to answer questions on this topic.
 
 
 
 
 
PROMOTION AND INTERPRETATION - Leaflets and panels.
 
COAT and the CNPA have agreed to produce an updated leaflet of local signposted footpaths which meet acceptable standards for walking. These should be available in the Spring; it is anticipated that there will be a charge of £1 per leaflet.
 
As indicated above (Town Trail), it is anticipated that meetings will take place with interested parties to discuss points of historical interest, both in relation to Raitts with the souterrain and the possibility of creating a historic trail within the town. 
 
 
  
 
 



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