Risk of Fire & Littering
Now that the Winter has passed, visitor numbers are increasing and TFVCC extend a warm welcome to visitors old and new to the village. To ensure Findhorn remains enjoyable for all, we would like to highlight a few points for your attention during your visit.
As you may be aware, there have been a number of wildfires across Scotland over the last few weeks. Due to the current dry weather conditions we ask, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, that the public refrain from lighting open fires in the beach, car park and dunes areas. Full guidance on lighting fires under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, including rights and responsibilities, can be found here.
We would also like to remind visitors that although the village and beach car park bins are emptied frequently through the week, there may be times when you find bins are full. If you find this to be the case, we request that you do not leave litter lying next to the bin or in open spaces. Please take your litter home to be disposed of appropriately. As well as making the area unsightly, litter and flytipping pose a threat to public health. Penalties can be imposed by the police, local authorities and public bodies to anyone who is caught littering or flytipping. Further information on litter in Scotland can be found here.
We hope that you enjoy your visits to Findhorn, please help us to leave only footprints.
Beach Car Park Annual Pass
Following feedback from users of the Beach Car Park, TFVCC are offering the opportunity for users to pay an annual donation of £15 for car parking at the Beach Car Park. To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, vehicle registration(s). Payment can be made by cash/cheque/BACS initially.
Prize draw to be held at the Armstrong Garage Celebration on Saturday 18th August.
Raffle tickets still available to purchase from Directors, at the event or contact email@example.com
AGM PRESENTATIONS 2018
Click here for the TFVCC AGM Chairman's presentation.
Click here for the TFVCC Traffic & Parking Consultation presentation. Full findings of the consultation to follow at a later date.
PARKING FEES - NORTH SHORE.
A parking fee system for cars and campervans has been introduced at the North Shore parking area. This was included in the original business plan when TFVCC acquired the land around the village and is part of the strategy to be able to continue to run this charity with balanced incomes and outgoings.
Unfortunately, managing this land does incur necessary running costs and it is essential that we gain sufficient income to cover this. TFVCC runs with no profit. All money collected will be used entirely to cover the necessary costs of sustaining and improving the area for all to enjoy.
The system is based on the use of an honesty box, which is emptied daily.
Previous News Items.
Freelance Development Project Officer
The Company has appointed David Maclean, a creative freelance Development Project Officer, with specific responsibility for the newly aquired land and garages in Findhorn village.
David will be working at the Findhorn Village Centre every Tuesday. Please feel free to come and say hello and discuss any issues or suggestions you may have with him.
Exciting News: Garage site purchase successfully concluded!
The Company is excited to announce that the purchase of the garage site was finalised on 9th January 2018.
Very early days but, after a quick tidy up, these garages and parking spaces on the site will be available to let. The letting policy and application forms are available via the "Garages" page of this site.
Please get applications in by Sunday 11th February for allocation of the first group of garages, which will be available for occupation soon. The allocation (and draw from a hat if over subscribed) of places will take place on Wednesday 14 th February.
Hopefully this will meet the demand of local people who wish to use these facilities whilst raising necessary income to pay back the loan the Company took to close the gap from the grant funding as well as providing funds for further improvements.
Donations or loans would also still be welcomed to help pay back the loan - please click here to download form.
Further information in "Garages".
Final Accounts to March 2017 published - see link from Minutes page.
The Findhorn Village Conservation Company
Excited to announce garage funding
The Company is excited to announce that it has reached another major milestone by securing grant funding of £180,500, from the Scottish Land Fund, which would contribute £161,500 towards the purchase the Garage site in the centre of Findhorn which has historically been used for storing boats and contains buildings previously used as workshops and garages.
The Company has registered a community right to buy on this site which has been owned by the same family since 1929. Continuing to have ownership of this land by the people of Findhorn would be an excellent strategic fit for the future development of the village, as it is centrally located and would offer options to bring new vibrancy and life into the village itself. In addition to the extra facilities that this could provide, it would generate rental income – an essential ingredient to provide a stable platform for the Company’s, and Findhorn’s, further development aims.
TFVCC (The Findhorn Village Conservation Company) is a community led and controlled company limited by guarantee with charitable status. We were set up in 2011 and our membership is open to anyone on the electoral roll living in the postcodes of Findhorn village.
Across Scotland, land is being bought by communities who wish to remove the uncertainty inherent in private ownership. Land ownership by the community will unlock tangible assets, but it is the intangible skill and determination of people that will see opportunities and accomplish projects - for Findhorn village we will need both.
With strong community backing we applied to the Scottish Land fund and have been successful in our bid to buy the residual Novar Estates land in Findhorn. Currently our solicitors are in the process of finalising the conveyancing, which will be completed by the end of March 2016.
"Good place-making can provide communities with an important cultural context; a sense of pride and belonging; and a sense of local and national identity. It can provide environments which function well; link well with surrounding settlements and provide attractive areas in which to socialise, to move around and to do business."
Our vision is the sustainable stewardship of the natural and built environment of Findhorn.
The Findhorn village photograph courtesy of Coast2Coast Architects, Findhorn