Strathnairn Development Company is delighted to welcome our new CDO and we know she is equally looking forward to starting work with us this week.
Jessica will be meeting with groups and residents over the coming weeks to discuss the hopes and aspirations of Strathnairners, young and old, as expressed in the CAP and in various meetings and, with her excellent communication skills and commitment to listening to the community, we are sure you and we will benefit from getting to know and working with the CDO.
SDC has been asked by SSEN to post details of current weather warnings for Storm Babet.
SSEN’s current weather model shows high winds forecast across Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Caithness and Orkney. These areas could see gusts of up to 60mph, with the strongest winds currently forecast to be on Thursday afternoon.
Heavy rain is also forecast for much of Scotland between Thursday and Saturday.
SSEN is activating its well-rehearsed contingency plans and is standing up more teams to deal with any damage to the network and subsequent faults, which may impact customers’ power supplies.
Customers on SSEN’s Priority Services Register are being proactively contacted to offer further advice and support, with calls made to those in the most vulnerable categories. Coordination is also under way with local resilience partners to aid preparations.
Customers are encouraged to be prepared for the possibility of disruption to supplies by: –
saving the emergency power cut number – ‘105’ – to your phone to report any loss of supply or damage to the electricity network; and
downloading SSEN’s Power Track app to give you details of power cuts and restoration times. You can also report power cuts and network damage through the Power Track app; and
Going to SSEN’s website where there is a wealth of advice and information on how to deal with a power cut, or to chat live to one of SSEN’s advisors via its Webchat service.
SSEN would also like to remind people not to go near any damage to its equipment they might find and instead report it to them directly by calling 105, or via the Power Track App, and engineers will investigate as soon as possible.
Strathnairn Development Company have sat as a board and considered carefully and with respect the role of the Community Development Officer and significant issues pertaining to the employment of the Community Development Officer.
We have come to the difficult decision that we will not be continuing with the current Community Development Officer beyond the probationary period. There is a consensus among the board and the reasoning has been minuted and communicated to the chairs of SCBF and SNCC.
Any queries can be directed to the board at email@example.com address and we will seek to provide answers in due course.
Due to a rising response rate, we have decided to extend the community survey period by two weeks, until the end of the 10th October 2021. This should ensure that all residents who intend to respond have sufficient time to do so.
This should also ensure that residents who tried to complete the survey online but had difficulties when using a device that another resident had already used will have access.
We have produced new poster to be shared on social media encouraging residents to complete the community survey questionnaire as soon as possible, and before the 10th October 2021. Please share with other residents, particularly those who do not use social media.
Strathnairn Development Company (SDC) has engaged consultants, Impact Hub Inverness (IHI), to conduct a Community Action Plan (CAP) for Strathnairn. SDC is grateful to SCBF for funding this project.
A CAP is a framework for implementing activities that are decided by the community itself. This is a great opportunity to have a say on ideas for improving life in Strathnairn. What do you think would make this a better place to live and work and enhance your experience of community life? The action plan developed by the community, with help from the consultants, will identify challenges, seek solutions and give us direction for future projects that will help our community, now and in the future.
A CAP is an expression of how a community wishes to develop, and a critical component is a survey of the community, led by the community. With the help of Strathnairn’s community groups, IHI has created a questionnaire for a community survey. SDC invites all Strathnairn residents, aged 11 years and older, to submit a response. Responses to the survey will be sent directly to the consultants, who will, with the help of Strathnairn’s community groups, use them to prepare the CAP.
Questionnaires can be completed online, downloaded from SDC’s website, or collected from Inverarnie Stores. Questionnaires are also included in each copy of Strathnairn News. The preamble to the questionnaire includes instructions on completing it.
The questionnaire will need a little time to complete. Please discuss with other family members and friends, and persuade them to submit a response too.
Responses must be submitted by 26th September 2021.
Thanks for your time and help with this important consultation.
Can we also draw attention to Strathnairn’s Community Action Plan? The community survey has begun today, and continues for 3 weeks. The community survey is the best opportunity for you to say what direction you want the community to go in post-COVID. More details on the CAP (and its associated community survey) are available on our website.