Newsletter July 2017
The Company has been negotiating for the purchase of the Armstrong Garage Site, which, on completion of purchase, we hope to offer for rent soon. We still have a shortfall in funding between the grant awarded from the Scottish Land Fund and the purchase price - please see our funding letter requesting donations or offers of loans.
We also have funding for a part-time project officer to manage and develop the site. As we are a voluntary board, we are excited to be able to hand over some duties to a paid staff member and hope in the future to secure funds for a land management officer allowing for new and creative plans for management of lanes, car parks and the back shore road.
Other ongoing projects include the David Urquhart Bequest - Pathway, allowing for disabled access along the bay from the JMI to the Findhorn Marina. We had a presentation of the options at the AGM in June. You will have a chance to vote on the preferred colour choice of aggregate for this path.
The AGM is the time of year when Board members have to rotate, stand down, and be re-elected. Our Chair Peter Hall and Marjory Barber our Company Secretary, have both been in post since the inception of the Company and have stood aside now for others to take up the roles although they are prepared to remain as ordinary Directors. We would like to thank them both for their hard work to date, especially in negotiating the purchase of the Novar Estates Land that has given the village control of its environment.
Our previous Treasurer Frank Allan is the new Chair.
As a Board we would like to give special thanks to Marjory, who has been doing the lion’s share of Company business and administration for the past 6 years. We are indebted to her for organising all of us, with Peter’s support, setting up meetings, organising visits to other community companies, liaising with other community organisations, who in their turn give us their support, and dealing with all legal aspects of the company.
As we move forward, we are now looking to balance the increasing responsibilities among the other Directors and, hopefully, volunteers with expertise to help us develop further - do you have a skill we can utilise?
Our immediate wish list for volunteers / skills is as below – please get in touch if you feel you can help in any way:-
· "Accountancy" for the role of Treasurer.
· "Legal support" keeping us in good standing, with Companies House, OSCR, etc
· “Minutes secretary” for monthly meetings
· Support with funding applications
· Communications, our website, Facebook and other social media.
Please contact the company if you have these or other skills that you think would support the Findhorn Village Conservation Company. You will need to be a member or associate member. However, if you are not already a member, joining is easy and membership forms are available on our website.
In anticipation - The Findhorn Village Directors.
Newsletter May 2016
New members are always welcome. Application forms are available from the Secretary at the address below.
On 3 March 2016 the Company took ownership of the former Novar land in Findhorn. The Company comprises of those in the village who have joined as members and it is run by a Board.
In the future it is hoped to have a company office where the public can view the plan of the village, meet the directors and ask any questions. In the meantime, if you wish to view the map please contact the Secretary.
The site, bounded by Seaforth Lane and Seaforth Place, has been granted planning permission in principle for 3 houses. The Company has registered interest in the land. It is the intention of the Board to purchase this site if funding can be sourced. Stage 1 funding from the Scottish Land Fund has been granted so the Board will be seeking your support for Stage 2 which will enable the Company to purchase the land for the benefit of the village.
A Planning for Real consultation process, led by Moray Council, will allow all who live in Findhorn to have a say in how they perceive any future plans. By being involved the Board will find out your ideas for the land and foreshore in Findhorn.
Beach Clean Up - can you help organise this along the foreshore one day soon? Please make contact if you would be willing to arrange this event. Although it would be a good activity for the younger generation, all ages are welcome to become involved. Junior Memebership category is available aged 12-17.
Can you design a logo for the Company? Please send ideas to the Secretary.
Newsletter December 2014
COMMUNITY BUYOUT - URGENT APPEAL
Novar Estates, the current landowner of a large area of land (900 hectares) in Findhorn, has intimated that all their holdings in Findhorn will be sold. The land includes – the foreshore, the playing field, some of the lanes and land to the west of the beach road.
The FIndhorn Village Conservation Company (TFVCC) has been working to achieve a Community buyout. The application has been submitted to the Scottish Land Fund (SLF) and has been deferred twice for more information. The final decision will be made by the end of January 2015. The land has been valued independently by the District Valuer at £575,000. TFVCC do not currently know if the SLF will give a grant. The potential grant could be between 95% and 0%. Should our application to the SLF be unsuccessful then Novar Estates will sell the land holding to any interested individual or company.
The current position is at a crossroads in the future development of Findhorn and is the last chance for community ownership. Our case for achieving ownership of the land would be greatly strengthened if we could show that we have raised a substantial sum of money towards the purchase.
Those of us who live in Findhorn, those who have an interest in the future of the village, those who have fond memories and those who want a say in the future development of Findhorn may wish to contribute to this fund.
Sale to a private individual/company will take control out of our hands. Please give a pledge to donate to this community buyout. All pledges will be gratefully received. Send notification of your intention to pledge to this purchase by 20th January 2015.
Please notify TFVCC of your pledge by either e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by confidential letter to Frank Allan, The Findhorn Village Conservation Company at the address below.
Newsletter - September 2014
TO ALL MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
The Board would like to keep you up to date on the status of the application to the Scottish Land Fund (Big Lottery) for funding to purchase Novar Estates residual holdings in Findhorn.
This application was submitted at the end of June 2014 and the SLF considered it at their last meeting. The hope was that the Directors would have had positive news for you.
The SLF has now asked us for further information to support the application. This will be submitted at the next SLF meeting in November.
Dates for your diary
Saturday 8th November
RACE NIGHT in the James Milne Institute, Findhorn
Doors open 6.30 pm First Race 7.15 pm
Entry £3.00 with the chance to own a racehorse
BYOB and snacks – raffle - betting
Come and support TFVCC
Wednesday 3rd December
AGM 7.30pm in the James Milne Institute, Findhorn.
Your attendance will be appreciated.
Thank you for your support, we look forward to the challenges ahead and to working on your behalf.
Newsletter - July 2014
Attached is an Executive Summary of the Feasibility Study carried out by the consultant who was commissioned by the Company. This study will be used as part of an application for funding for the purchase of the Novar Estates holdings in Findhorn.
By the end of this month the Company will have applied to the Scottish Land Fund to seek funding to purchase the residual land holdings from Novar Estates.
Much work has gone into this application which we hope will have a positive outcome for the village.
In the near future there will be a public meeting to inform you of further developments. Your attendance will be welcome.
If you wish to become a member of the Company, Membership Forms will be available at this meeting, can be obtained from the Company Secretary (see contact information below) or by downloading them here. The website is currently being updated and more information will continue to be available.
As part of our fundraising efforts there will be a Race Night held in the James Milne Institute village hall on Saturday 26 July 2014 at 7.30 pm.
Please support this by coming along for a fun evening.
There will be a raffle.
Marjory A S Barber
Tel: 01309 690349
Newsletter - October 2013
Findhorn Village Centre The Old School Church Place Findhorn IV36 3YR
At a well attended public meeting in the James Milne Institute on 30th September, Peter Hall, chairman of the Company, outlined plans to purchase village land owned by Novar Estate of Evanton. Talks with the Estate to determine land ownership have been ongoing and a good working relationship exists between the two parties.
The Findhorn Village Conservation Company was formed in 2011 for the benefit of village residents. There will be a public consultation when you will be closely consulted over the plans and the future use of the land.
Approval has been given to apply for funding to the Scottish Land Fund, which could provide up to 95% of the purchase costs.
The AGM is in the JMI on Wednesday 27th November 2013 at 7.30pm and all will be welcome.
Marjory A S Barber
Tel: 01309 690349 (Secretary)
Newsletter - January 2013
Happy New Year to you all
PROGRESS SO FAR
This year we were successful in gaining a grant from Awards for All of £10,000 towards the work of the company. This will be used to look at sites and amenities in the village that we may wish to register in the future.
The company is compiling a "Top Ten sites" and would welcome your views.
On your behalf we have successfully registered the site known as Armstrong Garages, unfortunately it was withdrawn from the market, however our community registration remains in place for 5 years before we have to reapply again.
We also sought to register a community interest in the Fisheries Green, however this was not successful.
At our AGM October 2012 the interim Directors all stood down and all the interim directors were re-elected as full directors for the new term of office. As the constitution allows for up to 9 directors we had applications from two others wishing to be directors these were Nicole Edmunds and Greg Munro and they were duly elected.
THE WAY AHEAD
If you can find time over the next two weeks to think of non-residential buildings, land or other amenities you think the company should look at with a view to seeking to register an interest please let us know by email or send a note to the office at Findhorn Village Centre.
Thank you for your support, we look forward to the challenges of 2013 and to working on your behalf.
Peter Hall (chairman), Marjory Barber (company secretary), Hamish Grigor (treasurer) Frank Allan, Christine Hunt, Mo Hyde, Donald Watson, Nicole Edmonds, Greg Munro, Jo Harris (co-opted director representing the Heritage Centre) Robert Shand (co-opted director representing the Resident's Association)
The company was formed to advance environmental protection or improvement including preservation, sustainable development and conservation of the natural environment, the maintenance, improvement or provision of environmental amenities for the Community and/or the preservation of buildings or sites of architectural, historic or other importance to the Community.
Tel: 01309 690349 (Secretary)
Newsletter - Public Meetings - 2011
30TH AUGUST 2011 AT THE RYFC
31ST AUGUST 2011 AT THE FINDHORN VILLAGE CENTRE
50 PEOPLE ATTENDED A PUBLIC MEETING ON 30TH AUGUST 19 PEOPLE ATTENDED A PUBLIC MEETING ON 31ST AUGUST
The Chairman Peter Hall gave a power point presentation outlining the Aims and Purposes of the Company and the status of the application by the Company to purchase the Armstrong garage site.
There followed a question and suggestions session where the public gave their views. The questions were answered by the directors who were present at these meetings and all questions have been noted.
The questions varied from sustainability of the project to suggested uses of the garages, contamination of the site, other development of the site, funding, the ballot and proxy voting,
There was universal support for this project with congratulations given to the directors for all their hard work.
Questions from the Public
PUBLIC MEETINGS ON 30TH/31ST AUGUST 2011 QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC
Q HOW IS THE COMPANY FINANCING ITSELF?
A BY APPLYING FOR GRANTS AND IF NECESSARY LOANS.
Q IF THE GARAGE APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL WHO HAS PRIORITY IN LETTING THE GARGE SPACES?
A IF OVERSUBSCRIBED THERE WILL HAVE TO BE A BALLOT
Q WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE LAND?
A THE ASKING PRICE IS £175,000
Q WHAT WILL BE THE VALUE IF THE LAND IS FOUND TO BE CONTAMINATED?
A THAT WILL BE SET IN THE VALUATION PRICE FROM THE APPOINTED VALUER
Q WILL THE GREEN SPACE BE LEFT?
A YES THE PLAN IS TO HAVE A GREEN SPACE AVAILABLE TO THE RESIDENTS WITH THE
BUILDINGS THE SAME SIZE AS AT PRESENT.
Q HOW WOULD THE RESIDENTS WHO ARE ADJACENT TO THE SITE FEEL ABOUT DEVELOPMENT?
A THE SHAPE WOULD STILL BE THE SAME
Q WILL THE WHOLE VILLAGE BE BALLOTED?
A ONLY THOSE IN THE POSTCODE AREA WHO ARE ENTITLED TO VOTE AT A LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION.
Q WHEN IS THE BALLOT?
A THE DATE IS NOT FIXED UNTIL THE VALUATION IS COMPLETED.HOPEFULLY SOME TIME IN OCTOBER.
Q WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE COMPANY CANNOT RAISE THE FUNDS?
A THE OWNER CAN THEN SELL TO WHO THEY WISH
Q CAN THE LOCAL ENTERPRISE COMPANY BE OF HELP?
Q DO ALL WHO VOTE REQUIRE TO BE MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY?
Q WHAT IS THE BALLOT QUESTION?
A THAT HAS NOT BEEN DECIDED
Q WILL THERE BE PROXY VOTING?
Q HOW MUCH WILL A FEASIBILITY STUDY COST?
A AROUND £100,000 AN APPLICATION TO PAY FOR THIS IS IN HAND
Q WOULD MORAY COUNCIL PREFER THE SITE TO BE USED AS GARAGES?
A YES THEY HAVE BEEN CONSULTED
Q WHAT TYPE OF BUSINESSES WOULD USE THE GARAGES?
A IT IS HOPED THAT THEY WILL BE SMALL ARTISAN TYPE BUSINESSES
Q NOW THAT KINLOSS IS CLOSED WILL THIS BENEFIT THE APPLICATION?
A YES THE COMPANY HAVE NOTED THIS IN THEIR APPLICATION.
Q WHAT WILL BE THE RENTAL FOR THE GARAGES?
A THAT IS STILL NOT KNOWN