The Kinlochbervie Community Company is a charitable company founded in 2008. Our aim is to initiate and develop community improvement projects. Current projects include Loch Clash Pier, the Manse Road houses and Community Broadband.
Dawne Noble, a recent visitor to Loch Clash, painted the view on a piece of slate she found on the beach there. We feel that it really captures the feel of the site and Dawne has kindly allowed us to use this image.
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.
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.
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.
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.