CAP ( Community Action Plan) Theme 5
Carol updated us re what has been going on with the CAP Theme 5 (Environment and Sustainability). A Community Renewable Energy Scheme is being discussed.
Update - Insulate Pitlochry Event went really well with many people stopping to chat to us about all things sustainable regarding our homes.
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In the mean-time advice will be taken from other organisations such as Local Energy Scotland. Also from other areas/organisations who have tried similar things, to try to learn from any mistakes. Eg Linlith-Go-Solar.
It was mentioned that some individuals in Victorian houses in the Conservation Area are having problems getting planning permission etc for renewables such as solar panels on their homes.
Land for community garden/orchard/allotments
Things are still at an early stage, but this is looking more and more likely. The landowner is very keen for the community to use some land of her land and has already been deer-fenced. Planning permission may be needed for access/parking etc.
There may also be tree planting opportunities in Black Spout wood, according to “O” Omungandr Melchizedik. Some of the small beech trees that have self planted will also be removed.
Community Garden Share
Doing very well. There are now 3 gardens in the share, and volunteers who help generally with the scheme, have come on board. The “open Kitchen” has also developed linked to this. Anna is going to give us an update soon.
Sprout – The Community Eco-Hub and the Burnside Toilets Update
Kaja and I started to investigate the toilets as a permanent venue for Climate Café and a new community eco hub early in 2021.
After the Men's shed began in August 2021 we were approached by Andrew, and being a member of the Men's Shed, he mentioned they were also looking for a premises and about us sharing the toilets. Kaja, Pete (as Chair of Men’s Shed) and I spoke about this and it seemed like a good solution for both the Climate Café and Men’s Shed to share. That was before the Men’s Shed were offered in November last year, the old Handam shop as a permanent space for them to use and hopefully set up a tool library too. As they now have that space, and as we are still looking at the permanent space so the main group to take on the building would be Sprout to provide an advice and information hub on energy, transport, food etc, including Climate Cafes, workshops and monthly Repair Cafes, workshops, meeting space, swap shop, a remakery (Crieff Remake) etc. We would be using most of the space in the building with the Men’s Shed some workshop space for the Men’s Shed. And we would be able to include some publicly accessible toilets too. Outside the building would be an outdoor workspace and social space.
Sprout will be formed by the end of February, and it will be Company Limited By Guarantee (CLG) and we are still hoping to interest more members to take the project forward.
However, there are now 2 commercial businesses who are interested in the building, so it is now on sale on the open market. So we are also in the process of writing the application for a Community Asset Transfer to be submitted asap.