Well this is a full week of meetings. I often hear of people complaining about meetings, intact I'm probably quite guilty of this too. But this week the meetings will hopefully be incredibly productive and see us take a step forward on all the projects. So tonight will see a meeting of the Durness Community Council where we will be discussing the proposed community purchase of Cape Wrath. Tuesday sees another meeting about Cape Wrath with DDG and a few interested parties. On the back of these I'm hoping we can take a few practical steps forward with 'Cape Wrath'.
Later in the week I'll be attending the Cape Wrath Trail Board of Directors meeting where hopefully some of the North West and Central Sutherlands councillors will be in attendance and help with the potential funding of the project. If our ward councillors back the project with just £1,000 from the ward budget. The Cape Wrath Trail can lever another £7k from other funders to help take the first strides on this giant of a trial.
On Friday I'll be meeting with HIE to look at the Eriboll Harbour project. There is an enormous amount of work to do, to prove that this is a variable and sustainable project. This undoubtably means a feasibility study (along with a few other substantial studies), but without this and without proof of the projects viability we will not get the backing from funders. So, there will have to be a number of obstacles to overcome, but in doing so we will be able to prove that the project is worth pursuing and it will make the plans that much more robust as a consequence.
In the meantime……….I've got to prepare for a meeting :-)
Neil is a director, formally a Local Development Officer for the Durness Development Group.