All projects that KCT undertake will:
Be of community benefit; Have community support in principle and answer a community need; Have community involvement and should help capacity building; be viable and practical; be capable of attracting and securing external funding; be sustainable in the long term.
Some projects that the Trust are currently working on:
- Bike and Skate Park Project
This project involves the development of a bike park for the young local people providing a safe environment for bmx type bikes. The park has been fenced off with specially constructed tracks, ramps, jumps etc. The project will also involve landscaping of the park area with tree and shrub planting. Kinlochleven Community Trust along with a local group from Kinlochleven High and Kinlochleven Primary Schools previously worked together and formed a sub committee and an offer of site was previously made by Rio Tinto Alcan and this site has now been handed to KCT.
Kinlochleven High School Pupils and Kinlochleven Primary School Pupils had formed a sub group to come up with a “wish list” of what they would like in the park so that an independant constituted group can take forward the project and apply for various funding. The sub group distributed questionnaires to all High School and Primary School pupils in early June 2009. All questionnaire results have been collated and this will enable some draft drawings to be made so that various funding applications can begin.
£2000 has already been raised locally for this project by a group of young people a number of years ago, and this group will help the sub committee deliver this project. In March 2011 the Trust asked for some young adult volunteers to lead the sub committee to take forward the bike park project.
This long-term project has found fresh impetus under the guidance of Mark Macgregor and Conner Macgregor and the new volunteer group are now constituted with a clear desire to deliver a project for the youth for all to enjoy. The group is currently working on getting quotes for developing the park so watch this space
- Walkers are Welcome
The national Walkers are Welcome scheme recognises towns and villages that offer first class facilities and excellent opportunities for walkers. Following acceptance as associate members, The Trust prepared a full application in partnership with Kinlochleven Community Council. We were successful and Kinlochleven is currently the only village in the Highlands to be afforded this status.
- Greymares Footpath & Car Park
In the summer of 2014, much needed restoration of the initial section of the footpath to the Grey Mares Waterfall was undertaken. We hope we will have other opportunities to access funding for further footpath restoration and upgrading around the village. A note of thanks to Alastair Stewart our Local Access Officer for Highland Council in securing LEADER funding for this project and overseeing the work carried out.
- Kinlochleven Community Hydro
- Village Square Regeneration Project & Memorial Plaques
The Trust is now offering Aluminium Memorial Plaques for sale that will be fixed onto the curved wall within our community garden. These durable plaques are designed for outdoor use and can be purchased for £50.00 per plaque. The price includes a border, letter engraving and installation. The plaque will measure 5 x 2 inches.
The choice of wording on the plaque is flexible and you may choose something to suit your individual taste e.g In Remembrance of your Loved One or In Loving Memory or simply the person’s name in which you would like to honour. A sample plaque is available to view during office hours.
Further details and application forms for the plaques are available from Marion Smith on 01855 831 779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Integrated Village Recycling and Green Business Scheme
The proposal is to develop a recycling facility in Kinlochleven for domestic, garden, food and cardboard waste. The existing facility is in a relatively central location which has been further enhanced with proper bays and supervision. However, facilities for food and cardboard waste recycling may require a larger location elsewhere in the village. If successful, this project will be in conjunction with Lochaber Environmental Group.