East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust

The latest news and information from East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust.

By ellct, Jan 26 2018 11:48AM

Progress has been very slow over the past few months but we continue to pursue our aim of achieving a significant land transaction in favour of the community. We are still in communication with the Scottish Government and GFG Alliance; meetings are ongoing and we have the advice and support of Community Land Scotland.


It is now exactly two years since Rio Tinto announced their review and the idea of a community option was first introduced as a possibility in the Lochaber News. I was quoted then as saying “there is a long way to go here” and that has certainly proven to be correct!


We continue to be patient with the GFG Alliance as they appraise the potential of the site and make plans. Job security has been paramount for us and we have always respected and supported that. At the same time we note the considerable expansion underway for the GFG Alliance in several locations around the World as we strive for an agreement here.


The Scottish Government still wants to see a sustainable land transaction in relation to significant portions of the estate and GFG Alliance has undertaken to support this. We continue to be grateful for the support and advice of officials from the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.


Accordingly, we remain determined and still have the confidence to press on, encouraging members to advocate the case whenever possible.



By ellct, Sep 4 2017 05:35PM

Progress continues to be slow but we still move forwards. Although we were initially content with the principle of the GFG Alliance instructing a review of the entire estate, we have become disappointed with the eventual timescale as the conclusion is still some weeks away. We continue to engage with the company and, at their invitation, have now submitted a proposal that recognises the emerging industrial development proposals which we welcome. We understand that nothing has yet been ruled out as far as the community is concerned.


Over the past few weeks we have continued discussion with parties in the Scottish Government who continue to express support for our endeavours.


We have also taken independent advice from Community Land Scotland which exists to give that sort of support to its 80 members who are community landowners or aspiring owners like ourselves.



By ellct, Apr 26 2017 10:26AM

Approaching 130 from Laggan to Kinlochleven to Inveraray attended our Extraordinary General Meeting on 25th April in Fort William which allowed the formality of appointing the directors nominated by the membership. The meeting also heard a report from the board on activities over the past year. A full AGM will be held around October.


Following the EGM we were privileged to hear from Faye MacLeod on “Why Community Ownership?”


Faye is a partner with Campbell Stewart MacLennan & Co in Portree and Benbecula, who carried out the Financial Analysis on the Rio Tinto Aluminium Estates for the Trust last year. She has much experience of working with community landowners in the Islands and is highly regarded across the sector.


Part of Faye's talk included the recently-launched video from Stòras Uibhist, celebrating their achievements over the first 10 years of their ownership.


All inspirational and a pleasant evening of fellowship!



By ellct, Apr 12 2017 11:04AM

The EGM on 25th April will be followed by a Gathering when Faye MacLeod will speak on “Why Community Ownership?”


Faye is a partner with Campbell Stewart MacLennan & Co in Portree and Benbecula, who carried out the Financial Analysis on the Rio Tinto Aluminium Estates for the Trust last year. She has much experience of working with community landowners in the North and West and is highly regarded across the sector.


All are welcome and there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.



By ellct, Apr 12 2017 10:58AM

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Trust will be held in the Duncansburgh Macintosh Church Hall, Fort William at 7pm on Tuesday 25th April 2017. This will be followed by a Members’ Gathering with a keynote speaker and opportunity for discussion.


Please note that while Ordinary members are entitled to attend and vote (or appoint a proxy), Associate and Junior members are not able to vote but are very welcome to attend the EGM.


John C Hutchison

Secretary


AGENDA


1. Welcome


2. Apologies


3. Appointment of Directors nominated by Members


Following a call for directors with a deadline on 27th March, the following have been proposed and, there being seven vacancies, are nominated for appointment:


• Andrew Baxter, Kinlochleven


• Alex Farquhar, Fort William


• John Hutchison, Badabrie


• Patricia Jordan, Fort William


• Flora McKee, Inverlochy


• Campbell Slimon, Laggan


• Ben Thompson, Erracht


4. Board Report


5. Financial Report


6. Any Other Business competent to the EGM


A quorum of 10% of the membership, namely 101 is needed. If an Ordinary Member is unable to attend in person they may nominate a proxy to attend and vote in their stead. The proxy need not be a member of the company. The nominated proxy may also be the Chair of the meeting who will act on your behalf. A form by which you can nominate your proxy is available in the downloads section of the website, to the right hand side of this page.


Members Gathering


The EGM will be followed by a Gathering when Faye MacLeod will speak on “Why Community Ownership?”


Faye is a partner with Campbell Stewart MacLennan & Co in Portree and Benbecula, who carried out the Financial Analysis on the Rio Tinto Aluminium Estates for the Trust last year. She has much experience of working with community landowners in the North and West and is highly regarded across the sector.


There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.



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