Jobs, community benefit and Slipway opportunities: SCT backs new fish farms

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has reiterated its backing for two new organic salmon farms, before the proposals come before Highland councillors for planning permission.

The SCT is supportive of the proposed fish farms at Tote and Culnacnoc and has highlighted the economic and social benefits to the district, which is classed as “fragile” by the Scottish Government. Fourteen fish-farming jobs will be created along with direct community benefit and additional infrastructure investment at Staffin’s harbour if the planning outcome is positive.

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Progress on Skye Ecomuseum activities programme

AFTER three months in post as the Skye Ecomuseum’s full-time programme manager, Angus Murray provides a short update about some of the events held as part of the project’s activity plan. There is a lot more in the pipeline – keep up to speed via the Staffin Community Trust website, contact Angus on 562 464/ or call in to see him at the office, Monday to Friday. 


One significant ...

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Resilient Rabbie’s staff battle hail and wind to fix Quiraing route

RESILIENT tour bus drivers who braved high winds and hail showers have completed urgent path repairs at the Quiraing.

Staff from Rabbie’s Trail Burners spent two days working on badly-needed repairs to the route, which attracts thousands of people each year. Despite very tough weather conditions at the exposed site, seven hardy Rabbie’s drivers and office workers dug out a damaged and uneven section of path, created a stone-lined ramp, installed a culvert pipe and landscaped the area. The workers faced frequent ...

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Staffin community invited to Storr Project drop-in event

STAFFIN residents are invited to attend a drop-in community event this weekend about the Old Man of Storr.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) secured funding earlier this year to carry out an Options Appraisal into Highland Council-owned land at the Storr. A consortium led by Hazel Allen of Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were awarded the contract to carry out the work and report back to SCT.

The consultant team held a rewarding community consultation event in ...
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Update on revised fish processing proposals in Staffin and Slipway Development

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has welcomed fresh proposals for an organic fish processing development which could create significant employment opportunities and much-needed infrastructure investment.

The improvement and redevelopment of the Staffin Slipway has been a priority of the local community for some time.

Basic amenities such as water, fuel and electricity cannot currently be accessed. There are no boat storage facilities, while increased shelter for vessels, and the ability to berth at all times of the day were frequently highlighted by local people and fishermen ...

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Staffin Hall, Saturday: First Storr drop-in community event


STAFFIN residents are invited to attend a drop in community event this weekend hosted by the consultant team investigating potential improvements to the visitor site at the Old Man of Storr.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) announced last month that a consortium led by Hazel Allen of Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were awarded the contract to carry out an Options Appraisal of Highland Council-owned land at the Storr. The team is now looking for input ...

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Old Man of Storr site options to be investigated as key contract awarded

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has awarded a key contract which will assess the potential purchase and improvements of local authority-owned land at the Old Man of Storr.

SCT has appointed an experienced project team to investigate the Highland Council site at the hugely popular island landmark which attracts visitors from all over the world.

A consortium team led by Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, and partners Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were successful in the tendering process and have now started ...

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Ceumannan II “drop in” event on Saturday

A DROP in event updating local residents about the Staffin Community Trust’s major footpaths and heritage project will be held on Saturday.

The SCT received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to extend its hugely popular Skye Ecomuseum, called Ceumannan (footsteps in Gaelic) and has been working hard on surveying potential routes in Staffin, liaising with crofting townships about the most appropriate sites and collating information about the history and stories behind each of the locations with a particular focus on crofting, local ...

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CONFIRMED: Staffin Bay dig dated to Mesolithic period

NUTS found during an archaeological dig at Staffin Bay were from the hunter gatherer period more than 8,000 years ago, tests have confirmed. The hazelnut shells were discovered during the five-day community-led excavation in September 2015 when University of the Highlands and Islands archaeologists investigated a suspected Mesolithic structure, in collaboration with the Staffin Community Trust (SCT).

Radiocarbon dates have now confirmed the excavated lithics date to the Mesolithic period, towards the latter half of the 7th millennium BC. Two fragments ...

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Staffin community backs Old Man of Storr involvement

STAFFIN residents have indicated their support for a stake in management of a site at the Storr, the results of a public consultation have confirmed.

The Staffin Community Trust has secured a mandate after it asked local residents for their views on its aspiration to purchase or manage Highland Council-owned land at the Old Man of Storr, which attracts thousands of people from all over the world each year but has seen severe parking congestion in recent years. 

SCT directors helped hand deliver surveys to Staffin households ...

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