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Welcome to Cromarty


WELCOME to the Cromarty Live website. If you are travelling to the Highlands of Scotland and the Black Isle, you will be delighted with a visit to this charming and unique old town.

If you have links to Cromarty already, you will find news of what’s happening in the local scene.


Our website tells you of Cromarty’s many attractions, amongst which are fine 18th-century merchant houses, an ancient church made famous by being greatly successful in the BBC’s ‘Restoration Village’ programme and a museum honouring the remarkable 19th-century geologist and writer Hugh Miller. There are details of the town’s facilities and its available accommodation should you decide to stay. Hundreds of years of history are waiting for you to explore in its streets and narrow vennels.

Cromarty people are welcoming and always pleased to help.
Cromarty and District Community Council


 DO NEED TO REPORT A PROBLEM TO THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL?

Just a brief reminder for residents wishing to report problems to Highland Council.

Preferably use the website link https://www.highland.gov.uk/report or call the Service Centre contact number 01349 886602 to request a repair. This is important as a reference number will be given. If not the resident should insist one is given. This reference number starts an audit trail that relevant departments, such as Housing, can and must follow up. If telephoning, residents may have to wait for their call to be answered or to call back at a different time. But do keep on trying until you get that reference number!


WINTER WEATHER IS COMING  - VOLUNTEERS OF ALL AGES REQUIRED TO HELP KEEP CROMARTY'S PAVEMENTS ICE FREE

With the winter season to Cromarty upon us, we are now assembling gritter teams to help keep the town safe.

If you are interested in helping please contact us on cromartydistrictcc@gmail.com and we will contact you.

Thank you 


VICTORIA HALL NOW OPEN!!

A new booking form is available on the Hall’s website www.thevictoriahall.net and this includes an Event Risk Assessment form. Bookings restarted on 7th October, with increased cleaning protocols, but please note that bookings are currently only available to our existing regular Hall users and Cromarty residents.


USE OF THE LINKS FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS

As we think positively about being able to organise more community events, we thought it a good idea to remind folk that the C&DCC runs a booking system.

To avoid planning issues, on behalf of the landowner Cromarty Estate, we are allowed to open the Links for a limited number of occasions each year, to facilitate community events.

The booking calendar is managed by Peter Ratcliffe who can be contacted either directly or on the C&DCC email cromartydistrictcc@gmail.com, with any proposal to hold such an event.


VEHICLE DAMAGE DUE TO POTHOLES

There is an online form on the Highland Council website. You will need the following

* date, time   * location     * photo    * receipts for any work to your car, tyre etc

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20005/roads_and_pavements/96/road_faults

Or phone 01349 886601 for an insurance claim form for damage to your car 


Ross and Cromarty Citizens Advice Bureau are looking to recruit additional directors. Can you spare a few hours to help us?

If you are interested please contact Mary MacDonald by email mary.macdonald@alnesscab.casonline.org.uk or telephone 01349 883333 or Click here for more information


GOOD NEWS FOR THE YOUNG FOLK AND THOSE ‘YOUNG AT HEART’

We are pleased to confirm two bits of good news.

The proposed MTB Pump Track is going ahead (see May Cromarty Live Newsletter for details – to be found on the Cromarty Live website www.cromartylive.co.uk) and funding is now being secured.

The replacement goalposts (again see May Cromarty Live Newsletter for details – to be found on the Cromarty Live website www.cromartylive.co.uk. Funding has already been confirmed.) are being delivered during the w/c 18th October. Once erected the 5 a side goals will be moved to the Links.

All a bit later than first planned but a massive help to the mental health of Cromarty young folk.


IMPORTANT LATEST NIGG NEWS 

Received on 25th June 2021 from Rory Gunn, Facilities Director, Nigg Energy Park

Works to construct the new quayside at the Nigg Energy Park East Quay have progressed very well since project commencement in April 2021. Our principle contractor’s, Farrans Construction, initial focus has been on the removal of soft material from the sea bed by dredging and constructing the new working platform by importing materials from the nearby Castlecraig quarry. The initial phase of dredging has now been completed and the platform works are expected to be completed during July 2021.

The next phase of the project involves installing the steel piles to form the new quay wall is now due to commence. Farrans have already installed a test pile in order to get a firm understanding of how the piles will drive into the existing ground. The anchor wall piles will be installed using high frequency vibration hammer mounted on a tracked telescopic piling rig, this will commence week commencing 28/06/21 and is expected to take 2-4 weeks to complete with the rig operating the hammer frequently throughout this period.

The main quay wall piling will also commence week of 28/06/21. To minimise the noise associated with the use of impact hammers Farrans will install these using a “drill and drive” technique; however this does not eliminate the use of impact hammers. Farrans will be using large crane suspended vibration hammers (2 of the largest available in the country!) to complete the initial drive. Due to the ground conditions these vibration hammers will only take the piles so far after which they will require impact driving to a competent soil strata in order to facilitate the onward drilling.

Farrans intend to mobilise the drill rig in July 2021 in order to drill through the pre-driven tubes to form a socket into the rock which in turn makes it easier to further advance the pile. With the socket pre-drilled this will cut down on the time taken to drive the pile to final level using the impact hammer. Throughout the entire impact operation a noise suppression system will also be installed around the drive cap of the impact hammers. Farrans expect the entire piling operation to be completed November 2021 and will limit the use of hammers to 08:00 – 19:00 Monday to Friday, on occasions Saturday working may be required and if necessary will be limited to between 08:00 – 13:00.


FUTURE OF THE EAST CHURCH HALL

Following the pre-school classes being moved to the Cromarty Primary School premises, the community has been left with a valuable community asset unused, but definitely not unloved.

The C&DCC has received a lot of local interest, who are very keen to see the East Church Hall used as a functioning, useful and sustainable community facility. Local folk have many fond memories of this building in its many guises over the years, and have asked that the C&DCC coordinates the local interest and, in the first place, liaises with the Highland Council, who are the ‘custodians’ of this Cromarty Common Good Asset.

At our latest meeting, it was agreed that the C&DCC will make this approach and then bring together all the community ideas, in an attempt to create a sustainable community based future for the East Church Hall.

Keep your views and ideas coming, by emailing cromartydistrictcc@gmail.com, as we start this process. All ideas will be considered and every communication will receive a response.


HELP KEEP THE GRASS DOWN and JOB OPPORTUNITY​  here


HIGHLAND COUNCIL SEASONAL ACCESS RANGERS START PATROLS

For full details and ways to contact their Team read here


URGENT NEWS ABOUT MONITORING THE RIG NOISE

The Environmental Health Officer from the Highland Council has requested that noise/nuisance record sheets are completed regarding the rig noise. If they don't receive any noise/nuisance record sheets, they will not be able to investigate further. Download the sheet and notes here

Please consider the impact of the noise on you, your physical and mental health, your relationships, your work and anything else you think is important.

Once completed, please send the records to The Environmental Health Officer, Community Services, Highland Council Area Office, 84 High Street, Dingwall  IV159QN.

Please also send a copy the C&DCC at cromartydistrictcc@gmail.com so we can collate the number of responses for future contact with the Environmental Health team. Thank you.


EVEN MORE URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS OF ALL AGES

The visitor season may not be upon us, but we are still assembling litter picking teams to help keep the town clear.

If you are interested in helping please contact Peter Ratcliffe on cromartydistrictcc@gmail.com and he will contact you.

Thank you


OTHER LATEST NEWS

CROMARTY FOODBANK CLOSURE NEWS here.


Last C&DCC Agenda here.

2021 C&DCC AGM Approved 2019 Minutes here.

2021 C&DCC AGM Approved Audited 2019/20 Financial Statements here.

2021 C&DCC AGM Approved Audited 2020/21 Financial Statements here.

Latest C&DCC Ordinary Meeting Approved Minutes here

Latest Youth Café Report here 

Youth Café Summer Programme Report here


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