Friday 21st September 2018 Issue No 2304

©ULLAPOOL NEWS

Fin and Ella share their views on sharks

and lots more with Chris Packham in Edinburgh 

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Harbour Notice

The ever popular Loopallu is coming to the pier again on the weekend 28th and 29th September. Whilst every effort will be made to minimise the impact on our regular harbour users there will be access restrictions in place from Monday 24th – Sunday 30th September. Likewise parking on the pier will be prohibited from Monday 24th – Sunday 30th to allow the event organisers to erect the marquees, lay our security fencing and prepare the festival site.

Hopefully with the patience and co-operation of all concerned and a break in the weather the event will once again be a sell-out success, many thanks.

Knockan Crag

National Nature Reserve – Closure on Monday 24th & Tues 25th September

We will be resurfacing our car parking at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve on the above dates, and the site will be closed to vehicles

If you have any queries, please contact us on 01463 701600. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Closure of toilets

Unfortunately due to maintenance, we will have to close the toilets at Knockan Crag to the public for at least the next two weeks.  We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

Sue Agnew, Operations Officer, Scottish Natural Heritage

*** Views sought on the proposed  Loch a' Bhroine Hydro Scheme.  See below ***

Loch a' Bhroine Hydro Scheme

In February, Lochbroom Community Council was shown a presentation on the proposed hydro scheme at Loch a' Bhroine south of Braemore junction, visible from the Dundonnell road.

In the last few weeks we became aware that a full planning application had gone in at the end of May, but for various reasons we had been unaware of it till now. The application is called "18/02458/FUL Land 4655M SW Of Gatehouse Braemore Loch Broom Garve” and can be found by typing that title into the search bar on the Highland Council planning website:

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/180/planning_-_applications_warrants_and_certificates/143/planning_permission/4

The proposal is to build an adjustable weir or barrage slightly downstream of the loch which would be able to control the loch level and thus allow the loch to drain slowly through a pipe and turbine rather than quickly away down the river. Two smaller burns will also be collected.

Some people have objections to the highest level the loch will be allowed to reach, for the effects on nesting and feeding birds, and vegetation. This level has been reached naturally once in the last 9 years but would be reached more often with the weir. There is scope for negotiation about this as the weir can be remotely adjusted.

This scheme has the potential for considerable community benefit funds. As chair of the Community Council I am aware of the need to preserve and nurture our natural environment. I'm also aware that the desperate shortage of funds which Highland Council is experiencing means we need to be open to the possibility of other sources of money. That is why the community- owned Lael Hydro scheme is so valuable.

We need to be sure that the Loch a' Bhroine scheme, if it goes ahead, properly takes into account the ecological impact of managing the loch level. I would urge readers to look at the application and if they have views about it, to make a submission to Highland Council before Wednesday 26th September.

Topher Dawson,,  Chair, Lochbroom CC.