District news – Week 37, 2019

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Appin
Eva MacColl finished third in the Cowal Highland Gathering. NO_T37_Appin01
Eva MacColl finished third in the Cowal Highland Gathering. NO_T37_Appin01

Eva MacColl competed at the 125th Cowal Highland Gathering In Dunoon where she won third place overall in the Highland Dancing Argyllshire Championships. Eva attends Appin School of Dance.

Tarbet

The company behind proposals for a major new tourist development in Tarbet has been told by National Park chiefs that it must supply more information before the plans can move forward.

A ‘proposal of application’ notice, lodged by Moulsdale Properties Ltd of Cumbernauld, was published on the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority’s website last week, outlining proposals for a village square and building of a ‘tourism and mixed use development’ covering various parts of the village.

In particular, the authority says the company’s proposals to hold one public event to promote its plans, and to stage that event in Balloch, were not appropriate.

A spokesperson for Moulsdale Properties said: ‘Moulsdale Properties will work in close partnership with the National Park and local residents will be consulted to ensure that any development will only serve to benefit the community.’

Highlands and Islands

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has announced that he will retire at the next Scottish Parliament election.

The Scottish Greens have begun selecting candidates for the election in 2021 and Mr Finnie, who was first elected to represent the Highlands and Islands in 2011 and subsequently re-elected in 2016, has indicated that he will not seek a further term.

Speaking of his decision, Mr Finnie said: ‘It is an honour to serve the Highlands and Islands in the Scottish Parliament and I intend continuing to work hard until my last day in office.

‘The climate emergency our planet is facing means that, more than ever, green policies are required. I know there are others who can ensure they are promoted, and delivered, for my home, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Meanwhile, I look forward to having more time to spend with my family.’

Loch Awe
St Conan's Kirk on Loch Awe.
St Conan’s Kirk at Lochawe.

New lighting will be installed in St Conan’s Kirk thanks to £20,000 funded by the EU Rural Development Fund.

The money, which is believed to be one of the final EU funded awards to benefit the area, will pay for half the cost of the initial phase the interior lighting project.

New lighting will be installed in the area where the pews are and also
in the long south aisle.

The Trustees and Friends of St Conan’s are delighted that this initial phase of the interior lighting programme is now possible.

Rosalyn Keppie, Trustee of St Conan’s, said: ‘Everyone visiting the Kirk will benefit from the new lighting, whether as a tourist or a wedding guest. It is a real step forward. We are very grateful to LEADER and to everyone who worked so hard on the application.’

The friends contributed in £18,440 in match-funding.

These funds were raised over several years by giving guided tours and running the annual Christmas tree festival, for example.

Chairman of the Friends of St Conan’s Peter Hennessy emphasised: ‘The fantastic support we get from the local and wider community has been essential. Everyone is delighted that our available funds have been doubled by LEADER.’

Fundraising is set to continue until the whole lighting programme has been implemented throughout the building. Work on the now fully-funded first phase will early begin in the new year.