Initial investigations have now been completed and have shown that re-opening the Rapness Quarry is unlikely to be viable, mostly because of the poor quality of the stone and the large amount of waste (up to 1/3 of stone blasted will end up as waste, and even the good stuff isn’t very suitable for concrete). […]
The HIE funding that has contributed to staff wages for 3 years comes to an end in September 2013, and all the CDOs have been asked what they consider their top achievements are. The list from Corinne includes: – At least £69,500 additional grant funding brought into Westray through applications written by the CDO for […]
There has been a lot more work on this feasibility study. Someone from the council planning department has been out for a site visit to advise on planning requirements, and a surveyor and a contractor have also done site visits. Applications for tender have now been sent to three companies to gauge interest in providing the […]
Following on from the success of our first loan, some of the Board with Janice and Corinne had a videoconference meeting with the organisation handling the loan, Developing Strathclyde Ltd , a community development finance association. The meeting was very successful in going over the processes of the first loan and establishing which areas need […]
Westray Processors have been awarded £2500 towards the costs of purchasing tools and equipment to allow their newly qualified engineer to carry out refrigeration engineering. Having a qualified engineer on the island will be of great benefit to those businesses that require refrigeration repairs and maintenance.
The trust are pleased to announce that they have offered a loan of £60,000 to two young fishermen to help them take ownership of their first fishing boat (the refurbished “Kelly T”, which will be renamed “New Venture”). The loan is being adminstered by trust partners Developing Strathclyde Ltd (DSL-Business Finance) as they are a […]
Currently only around 40% of Westray houses are able to be offered a 2 mbs broadband service (considered a baseline for todays internet needs), with many areas of Westray where speeds are unacceptably slow, and frequent drop-outs of service even in “good” areas. With the push from the UK and Scottish Governments to implement a […]
From 2nd to 4th October 1998, Westray played host to a major conference in which the future of the island was discussed. The background was the falling population of the islands, decreasing numbers of jobs available to school leavers, and the falling roll of the school. The conference looked at new ways of harnessing local […]