Click the link below to view/download a PDF document containing photos of Loch Clash buildings from the early 1900s to the present day.
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.
Preliminary results from the recent community survey indicate strong support for a (1) a bunkhouse, (2) tourist and heritage information centre and (3) a broadband access terminal. Support for a café is evenly split between those who think that is very important and those who do not support a cafe because of competition with local businesses. There is little support for either office or retail space.
In Question 20, respondents were asked to rank 9 potential uses. The survey is now closed and the overall ranking of uses is as follows:
- Low Cost Bunkhouse Accommodation
- Tourist and Heritage Information Space
- Toilets and Shower Facilities
- Broadband Access Terminal
- Self-catering Kitchen Facilities
- Communal Space
- Small Retail Provision
- Office Space
Our consultants, Alan Jones Associates, will be analysing the full survey results for the Business Plan which should be completed in the next few weeks.
The draft minutes of the last meeting of the Board of Directors has been uploaded to the website.
We received a lovely email (via this website) from Tony and Sue Rochester who recently stayed at the Loch Clash Stopover camper van site.
“I would like to thank the Community Company for their real foresight in developing Loch Clash as an aire for motorhomes. We travel throughout Europe in our motorhome where this type of facility is commonly found and always comment that it is a pity that we are never made to feel as welcome when travelling in the U.K.
We are currently sitting in our van at Loch Clash and cannot think of a better place to be. Rest assured that we will try to put as much money into the local economy as we can while we are here as we really appreciate what you have done.“Thanks to all involved.”
The Community Council minutes for 22 November 2016 have been uploaded to the Community Council page. These were approved at the meeting that was held on 28 February 2017. Draft minutes of the February meeting will be uploaded when available.
The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for 28 March 2017 at 7.00 pm at the Harbour Offices.
The Community Council notice board located outside Bervie Stores (Spar) is operational again.