News items from the Inveraray Community Council Meeting – 3rd July 2024

Published: 7th July 2024

Community Council Meeting

General Meeting held on Wednesday 3rd July 2024 at 7.00pm in the Loch Fyne Hotel

PresentIn attendance
Linda DiversConvener (Chair)Cllr Jan Brown
Jacqui McDonaldCllr Garret Corner
Julie Hendry

Al Rodden

Pamela Spalding






Linda welcomed all to the meeting.  Thanks were offered to the Loch Fyne and Robin Campbell.

Presentation by Caitlyn Quinn – SSEN Community Liaison Manager

Caitlyn provided an overview of SSEN’s 5 current projects, 2 are awaiting the outcome of decisions from the Scottish Government.

They have 5 substation projects in the pipeline, 2 are in construction and 3 are waiting consents (commencement expected to be from September onwards).

SSEN are hoping to arrange Community Liaison Meetings with stakeholders, Community Councils etc where they can provide updates on current and planned projects.  The frequency of these will be agreed with interested parties.  SSEN would be happy to receive suggestions of local groups/projects that would benefit from their expertise.  Construction on the Creag Dhubh substation will continue through to 2026 so they are keen to engage with students and people who may be interested in a career with SSEN.

SSEN are in the early stages of setting up a Community Benefit Fund, hopefully funds will start to be released in early 2025.  Community groups can access funding with importance based on projects that show sustainability benefits and have legacy.  Additional equipment at the swing park might be a suitable project.

Treasurer’s report

Outgoing Treasurer’s Report 05/06/24
General Account Balance£1,985.70
This includes income from:
Mini Bus-£53.09
Pier Fund-£410.66
Action Plan£0.00
Drax for Avenue Light Survey-£500.00
Mens Shed-£500.00
Warm Spaces£0.00
Balance After Pending/Allocated Funds£521.95
This includes income from:
Fundraising- not restricted
Balance after Pending  £228.99
ARCK Fund   £1,378.81
Pending grants awarded :
Balance after Pending  £745.97
Pending Payments:
British Legion£2,000
Balance after Pending  £10,434.21



Licencing/Planning applications

Application on behalf of Fyne Homes for 16 houses, planning application 24/00823/PP.

  • A Patient Participation Group meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th July 2024 in the Nicol Hall, Inveraray at 7pm.
  • Defibrillator for the pier – Linda to obtain permission from Argyll & Bute Council (Mark Calder) to fix the cabinet to the PCs – Al Rodden to discuss with Jimmy Kerr to provide Method Statement/Risk Assessment to the Council before they grant permission.
  • During heavy rainfall the area on the Front Street, at the corner in front of the cross green/Inveraray Inn floods, Transport Scotland advised via the Scottish Borders Council’s website reference RDE013402.
  • War Memorial – the Argyll & Bute structures/coastal protection team has inspection the Memorial and sea wall and confirmed that there is no imminent danger but fixing the sea wall is a priority and an update will be provided by 23rd July 2024.
  • SSE Renewals Hydro Fund – Pamela attended the online meeting and advised that there will be a pot of approximately £10m to be shared between 36 Community Councils over 5 years. The fund is to celebrate the 80th birthday of hydro power schemes in this area. 30% of this fund is ringfenced for education hopefully to encourage young people to enter this career and stay in the area.  There is a consultation running until 19th August 2024.  The first donation should be made in 2025.  Pamela Stark will represent the CC on the panel.
  • Bridge leading to Kilbryde. Cllr Jan Brown has been approached to see if she can help but has advised that as this is a civil matter between the home owners and Argyll Estates she cannot help, (the same advice that the community council had given the residents).


Date of next meeting

Wednesday, 4th September 2024, no meeting in August.