TOOLS and equipment for repair works in the Staffin community can now be stored after the arrival of a steel container.
Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has purchased the 10ft storage container from Portree firm Jans Vans using a grant awarded by the tour operator Rabbie’s and Swiss firm Kinticki. It comes after Rabbie’s coach drivers and office staff worked with SCT and Highland Council last month to carry our major repairs a key site in the Skye Ecomuseum.
The council’s Skye access officer Donald Kennedy, ecomuseum programme manager Angus Murray and a team of six enthusiastic Rabbie’s workers carried out extensive improvements to the Brogaig foot path, which leads to the shoreline at Staffin Bay.
The route is popular with locals walking to the shore but the surface had been affected by water running onto it. Drainage works and surfacing, using material provided by the council and SCT, was used by the work party who were supervised by Donald.
It was the third partnership project between SCT and Rabbie’s in the last 18 months and follows path repair works at the Quiriang by their staff. Rabbie’s donated the grant from the company’s Carbon Tax Fund to SCT so it could purchase equipment such as wheelbarrows, spades, picks, hammers etc for the works.
The company’s white coaches are a familiar sight in Staffin as their passengers visit locations such as the Quiraing, Kilt Rock, Lealt Gorge, Staffin Beach and the Old Man of Storr.
Rabbie’s resilient staff have braved high winds and hail showers during these work days and SCT has been hugely impressed with their attitude, commitment and work ethic.
However, apart from its office, SCT had nowhere to store the new tools safely and decided to purchase the container. SCT is planning to run further work days involving the community, businesses and the public sector in the coming months including general repairs and footpath maintenance. It is a key part of the Ecomuseum objectives and SCT lodged a maintenance and management plan for the project and intends to provide volunteering opportunities for local people and other groups.
SCT would like to thank the Staffin Church of Scotland for permission to keep the container in its car park area and to Rabbie’s and Kinticki for their financial, and work contributions.