In January we embarked on a “design charrette” that consisted of two public meetings and a survey of what sort of uses community members thought were best for the development of Loch Clash Pier. The community feedback led us to setting out a series of design principles that reflected the views expressed during the “design charrette” process. We then asked Barry Pearson to work on a proposal for the pier.
Please click on the link below to view the proposals. We are seeking community input. Do you like the proposals? Do you suggestions? Any comments may be made to any member of the Board. Click on the “About” tab above for the email addresses of Board members. Comments can also be made via the “Contact Us” tab.
The proposals will be presented at a public meeting (date to be confirmed). The meeting will provide an opportunity to view the original drawings (which are at a larger scale than available here) and to ask any questions. Nothing is set in stone and we are eager to listen to community opinion.
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.
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 last day to submit your completed survey about the proposed future development of Loch Clash is Wednesday 15 February 2017.
The survey may be completed on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PWXN5CW
It may also be completed with pen and paper with the completed survey dropped off at the garage or at the public meeting.
If you didn’t receive a survey in the post, you may download it from the following links:
In addition to the public meeting (see below), we are also carrying out a community survey seeking views on the future development of Loch Clash Pier. What uses should be in the new development?
The survey may be filled in online:
It may also be completed in the traditional manner (pen and paper) and either dropped off at the garage or posted to Graham Wild, Kinlochbervie Community Company, The Uphouse, Portlovorchie, Rhiconich, Lairg IV27 4RB.
We are sending out the surveys by post this week. They may also be downloaded by clicking on the following links.
There will be a public meeting in Kinlochbervie Village Hall on Tuesday 31 January 2017 to share ideas about the next phase of the development of Loch Clash Pier. Two times are offered to suit different schedules: 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The meeting is actually what is called a “design charrette” – an “intense event” where people are invited to share their ideas with designers and planners. The outcome will be actual concept designs for the pier that will be presented to the community in a few weeks.
View or download the poster.
Recent visitors to the Loch Clash Stopover, Vanessa and Nick Warwick, were so impressed with our project that they made a video about us. Thank you so much Vanessa and Nick.
Please note that the price per night mentioned in the video will rise to £15 per night on 1 March 2017.