March Meeting – Summary of Minutes

The Stornoway Trust’s March meeting was held on Monday, 25th March in the Estate Office and trustees present were:                                                                                          

Norman A Maciver (Chair), Murdo F Campbell, Donald Crichton, Calum MacLean, Donald A MacLeod, Catriona Murray and Donald Nicholson.

Items under discussion were:

Point & Sandwick Power (PSDT) Joint Interim Project

Trustees noted that the payment due for the calendar year 2018 from PSDT has still to be received and that, as a consequence, the office had been unable to pay the second tranche to the Point & Sandwick Coastal Pathway.

Melbost & Branahuie Crofters v HIAL

Trustees were informed that HIAL would be appealing the Land Court decision in the Court of Session. It was noted that the Trust has no further evidence of a resumption having taken place.

Scottish Water – Back Tolsta Water Main

Trustees were informed that negotiations between the affected tenants and Scottish Water were progressing, and it was expected that matters would be brought to a conclusion shortly.

Aignish 50b Application

Trustees noted that the Estate Solicitors had submitted answers to the appeal lodged with the Land Court by Aignish Common Grazing Committee against the Crofting Commission’s decision to refuse their 50b application. It is understood that the Court will now deal with the appeal along with those submitted by the other three dissenting townships’ committees.

Melbost & Branahuie, Sandwick & Lower Sandwick and Sandwick North Street Grazings

Trustees noted that a date has yet to be intimated by the Scottish Land Court for the Hearing.

Pentland Windfarm

Trustees were notified that Messrs Peter Crone and Michael Huntingford were expected to be on the island later in the week. Those present were keen to meet with them in order to express the Trust’s appreciation for the three-year commitment by Pentland of £250,000 to worthy causes active throughout the Trust area.

Forsa

 Trustees noted that the Land Court Evidential Hearing arranged to allow consideration of the objections submitted in opposition to the Druim Leathann windfarm Section 19A application had convened earlier in the day.

While the remaining objector had intimated his decision to withdraw from the process, the Court has decided to continue with the Hearing.

It was however expected that it would not last for the earlier anticipated 5 days set aside by the Court and that a written judgement should be intimated in a six to eight week window.

Community Windfarm Consortium

Trustees noted the minute of the meeting held on 14 March 2019, together with a copy of the letter subsequently distributed to grazing committees and community councils throughout the Trust area.

Castle Grounds Regeneration

 Trustees heard that the Project Board and Project Team had met the previous week, and received an update on how works are progressing on the project. It had been agreed that the Project Board would be meeting at least monthly but with even greater frequency during the initial stages of the project, in order to ensure that procedures detailed in the Project Execution Plan were working as agreed.

Webpage Proposal/PR

 Trustees were pleased to note that the web site is now live. Additional pages will be added when time permits. In the meantime, news will be posted on the web site news page and on the Facebook group page as appropriate.

Trustees also dealt with the following matters of business:

OFFERS OF PRE-EMPTION: 1

APPLICATIONS FOR TITLE: 4

APPLICATIONS FOR ASSIGNATION OF A CROFT TENANCY: 6

NOTIFICATION OF APPLICATIONS FOR TENANCY BY EXECUTRIES TO CROFTING COMMISSION: 2

APPLICATION TO SUBLET TENANCY OF CROFT: 3

APPLICATIONS FOR FEUS: 1

TRANSFER OF TENANCIES OF ALLOTMENTS/AMENITY GROUND: 1

APPLICATIONS FOR USE OF LEWS CASTLE POLICIES: 1

NOTIFICATIONS OF CROFT REGISTRATION: 3

APPLICATIONS FOR A DEED OF SERVITUDE: 1

DEED OF POSTPONEMENT: 1

APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE: 1

BREACH OF DUTY NOTICE (CROFTING COMMISSION): 2

ENLARGEMENT OF CROFT: 1

 

ITEMS OF CORRESPONDENCE: 7

PLANS SUBMITTED: 2

DOCUMENTS FOR SIGNATURE: 5