Slow Progress but Continuing

Progress has been very slow over the past few months but we continue to pursue our aim of achieving a significant land transaction in favour of the community. We are still in communication with the Scottish Government and GFG Alliance; meetings are ongoing and we have the advice and support of Community Land Scotland. It … Read more

Progress with our aims

Progress continues to be slow but we still move forwards. Although we were initially content with the principle of the GFG Alliance instructing a review of the entire estate, we have become disappointed with the eventual timescale as the conclusion is still some weeks away. We continue to engage with the company and, at their … Read more

A good crowd attends our EGM

Approaching 130 from Laggan to Kinlochleven to Inveraray attended our Extraordinary General Meeting on 25th April in Fort William which allowed the formality of appointing the directors nominated by the membership. The meeting also heard a report from the board on activities over the past year. A full AGM will be held around October. Following … Read more

Reminder of the EGM on 25th April

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Trust will be held in the Duncansburgh Macintosh Church Hall, Fort William at 7pm on Tuesday 25th April 2017. This will be followed by a Members’ Gathering with a keynote speaker and opportunity for discussion. Please note that while Ordinary members are entitled to attend and vote (or appoint … Read more

Faye MacLeod Speaking at Members’ Gathering

The EGM on 25th April will be followed by a Gathering when Faye MacLeod will speak on “Why Community Ownership?” Faye is a partner with Campbell Stewart MacLennan & Co in Portree and Benbecula, who carried out the Financial Analysis on the Rio Tinto Aluminium Estates for the Trust last year. She has much experience … Read more

Nominations for Directors

Following a call for directors with deadline on 27th March, the following have been proposed and, there being seven vacancies, will be nominated for appointment at an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 25th April in Fort William : • Andrew Baxter, Kinlochleven • Alex Farquhar, Fort William • John Hutchison, Badabrie • … Read more

Call for Director Nominations

As noted in our post on 6th March we are now seeking nominations for directors. In accordance with the Articles of Association, at the first General Meeting all directors are obliged to stand down and so there will be seven vacancies arising on the board. Ordinary Members of the Trust are therefore invited to be … Read more

Progress Meetings in February

We held another series of public meetings in February, being eighteen in total since we started, including the earlier round to test community ideas. The purpose of the recent meetings, which over 100 attended, was to explain the steps that had been worked through during 2016 and to share the plan for the coming months. … Read more

February Community Meetings

We will be holding another round of community meetings with the purpose of bringing members up to date with the actions taken during 2016 and outlining how we see the next steps in taking forward our aim of community ownership of the former Rio Tinto Estate. We are keen to hear members’ views. Meetings will … Read more

Moving Forwards in 2017

This has been a tough year with many ups and downs, sometimes difficult to see a clear way forward. Our journey started with comment to the Lochaber News in January. Since then we have been taking initial soundings from a potential board, incorporating the company, building the membership, engaging with Rio Tinto Aluminium and working … Read more