Formal bid for Storr site lodged by Staffin Community Trust

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has formally submitted a bid to purchase local authority-owned land at the Old Man of Storr. 

SCT has lodged an Asset Transfer Request (ATR) to Highland Council for a section of roadside ground near the popular island landmark so it can construct a new car park, public toilets and interpretation. It comes after several years of talks between SCT and the council, a major community consultation and the conclusion of a site options appraisal/business plan by a consultant team.

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Community invited to view plan for new Staffin homes

AN UPDATE about the proposed new affordable housing in Staffin will be provided this weekend.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is progressing plans for six new houses and business units at a site on common grazings tenanted by the Stenscholl Township. SCT is working in partnership with the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association to deliver the new affordable houses, which would be the first built in Staffin since 1999.

SCT and its partners are now working towards submitting ...

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The Co-Chomunn Stafainn story from 35 years ago

AN OLD newsletter first printed in the early 1980s during the construction of Staffin Hall – the Co-Chomunn – has provided a snapshot of the community’s efforts into delivering the ambitious project.  ‘Mac-Talla’ was printed just before Christmas in 1982 to update Staffin residents about progress of the district’s new village hall, which included a shop, restaurant, crafts outlet and toilets.

It was a key period in the Co-Chomunn’s history, as Staffin led the way in Skye in coming together to form a ...

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Staffin’s Gaelic voices from the present, remember the past

SEVERAL native Gaelic voices from Staffin’s present have provided a revealing glimpse back at the district’s past in a series of newly-published recordings.

Staffin Community Trust/Urras an Taobh Sear teamed up with Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o’ Riches to capture the views, memories and thoughts of older members of our community in autumn last year. A range of subjects are discussed in the lively oral recordings which are now available on the SCT’s local history section.

Tobar an Dualchais is a collaborative project ...

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New affordable home opportunity in Flodigarry

CONSTRUCTION work on a new affordable home in Flodigarry is progressing well and is expected to be completed in April.

And the owner, the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCT), is now advertising the three-bedroom house’s availability for “Rent to Buy”. This could offer first time buyers the opportunity to rent for five years before purchasing the house outright at a fixed price of £140,000. That is a 20 per cent discount from the open market price and people with local connections who make enquires ...

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Winter 2017 Staffin Newsletter out now

UPDATES on the main Staffin Community Trust projects, a charity fundraiser for Syria, “Big Breakfast” fundraiser, latest gym classes and a lot more are published in the district’s bi-annual newsletter, which can be read by clicking on this link: Winter 2017 Staffin Newsletter

Hardcopies will also be made available at the Staffin Post Office, MacKenzie Stories, Staffin Stores, Columba 1400 and Staffin Primary School fin the next couple of days. 

 

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2017 Staffin arrival for new teacher who is looking for a home

A NEW teacher who has a memorable start to 2017 with a flit to Staffin is seeking accommodation for his young family. 
Stephen and wife Helen Atkins and their two sons are moving to Skye next month as he will be taking up a teacher’s post in Portree Primary, which will see him also work at Staffin and other schools on the island, as and when required.
The family are moving up from England and have family connections in Uist and have ...
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Festive countdown for busy Staffin businesses

FOLLOWING a hectic 2016 season Staffin businesses are in the midst of the busy festive run-in with only several days until Christmas.

Thirteen local businesses, including the two shops, craft outlets, cafes, accommodation, museum, gym, etc, are all now featured on the Staffin Community Trust’s online directory. It provides helpful information for what is on offer in Staffin for both visitors and locals and SCT has recorded heavy website traffic to the site this year, particulary from other parts of the world. ...

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Staffin crofters film released and is Holyrood bound

IT’S not quite a Christmas DVD…but a film featuring Staffin crofters at work – which was premiered last month – is a special release itself – and can now be watched online in time for the festive season.

And the successful production, which saw Staffin crofters and their collies wear GoPros to capture them gathering their stock on the Trotternish Ridge, is set to go to Holyrood, in 2017 for a screening at the Scottish Parliament before MSPs.

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Abs-fantastic 2016 for Staffin Gym as first birthday looms!

STAFFIN Gym is celebrating a special milestone next month – its first birthday – and is stepping up its promotional efforts to attract locals and holidaymakers to get a sweat on.

The gym has become the 13th business to join the growing online directory aimed at showcasing the wide range of businesses in Staffin following a highly successful 12 months.

One in 10 Staffin residents are now card-carrying members at the gym, which was officially named Aurora Fitness by local school pupils, and ...

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