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Lead Director – Zoe Iliffe

Latest update – 5th March 2020

The Trust invited the community to attend an open Consultation Day at Stratherrick Public Hall on Saturday 22nd February 2020 in order to present the revised Masterplan proposal for the Riverside Field Project. 

Despite the bad weather a great number of residents turned out to view the plans, speak to Directors and other members of our community and gave feedback on the proposals to the Trust.

Zoe gave a short recap on how the Trust had reached the history of the project, what consultation had been undertaken over the last few years, both with the community as a whole and representatives of active groups within our community. She explained how those consultations had influenced the design and evolution of the presented Masterplan.  She further advised those present that, subject to the community confirming general support to the proposals, this Masterplan will represent the basis for the development of the field. The Trust will then be able to move into the next phase of the project – organising planning applications, building warrant approvals and putting in place funding.

Zoe introduced Mike Lawson, Architect, of Colin Armstrong Associates, Inverness who had worked with the Trust to produce the Masterplan.  Mike ran through the process of how a masterplan for a project of this nature is created and what elements and influences are considered.  He followed with an explanation of  what had changed about the plan – what elements had been removed and what was new, following previous community consultations.  An interesting and encouraging Question & Answer Session then followed.

Community members were also invited to take away copies of the Masterplan and to complete a short questionnaire, so that the Trust could measure community opinion on the revised Masterplan.

The final Masterplan proposals are available to view below.

CONSULTATION MASTERPLAN FEB 2020

CONSULTATION MASTERPLAN 3D FEB 2020

FLOOR PLAN FEB 2020

ENSCAPE “FLYOVER” [link to follow]

All members of our community are encouraged to complete the questionnaire by 15 March 2020.  The questionnaire can be downloaded below. 

QUESTIONNAIRE

The document can be returned either by email to admin@sfctrust.org.uk or sent to the Trust at either Stratherrick Public Hall, Gorthleck, IV2 6YP or The Wildside Centre, Whitebridge, IV2 6UN

Zoe Iliffe said “The Trust really needs to know what our community thinks of the Masterplan.  A lot of hard work has gone into putting the plan together and we sincerely hope the community supports the proposal.”

Please return questionnaires to the Trust Administrator at either of the above addresses.

Update 5th March 2020

The Riverside Master plan has been updated and this will go back out for community consultation in early 2020.   The Trust is considering the acquisition of the play park which is not currently included in the project and will submit a formal request through Highland Council’s Community Asset Transfer Scheme.  This request places no obligation on the Trust to purchase.  A further update on this project will be provided after the community consultation process is concluded.

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The responses from residents to the consultation are currently being considered and compiled (July 2019)

The Public Consultation is now closed.

The closing date for any comments to be included in the Public Consultation was 22 May 2019.

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Report following the Consultation Day 23 March 2019

A steady stream of residents made their way to the Stratherrick Public Hall on Saturday 23 March to see the draft plans which had been prepared for the Riverside Field at Foyers by Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust’s architects.

The Trust’s lead director for the Riverside Field project is Zoe Iliffe.  Zoe said ‘It was a successful day with lots of people coming to view the plans and give us their opinions, particularly around the time of the architect’s presentation.’ 

‘Comments ranged from loving the draft plans and hoping to see it all developed to wanting the field to be left as it was with no development whatsoever.’ 

Several feedback forms were handed-in on the day and everybody’s comments will be collated.  Others took forms away with them to consider in comfort and the Trust looks forward to receiving those responses – please return any feedback to SFCT, Stratherrick Public Hall, Gorthleck, IV2 6YP.

Zoe added ‘Don’t worry if you weren’t able to come along to the Hall to give your opinions.  There is still time to comment on the draft plans.  The Trust will be arranging future viewing and consultation opportunities in a few weeks when we open the Wildside Centre but in the meantime links to the draft plans and feedback forms are below.’

Animated Fly through of the site – this is an external link to an mp4 file.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ubr61r25v42wko9/AABolNahOOOilukG5uP7Vp55a/Design%20Information%204th%20March%202019?dl=0&preview=Enscape_2019-03-04-12-07-33.mp4&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

These are downloadable pdf files

Previous postings and previous updates

Following the recent work to improve the fencing and access to the field, the Trust is now seeking the community’s views on the next steps to improve the recreational use of the area for local people.

Residents now have a very important part to play in deciding what community facilities are provided there.  The Trust is holding a Plans and Options Consultation event at the Stratherrick Public Hall on Saturday 23 March 2019.  The event runs from 10 am. to 5pm.  Draft plans will be on show and the directors of the Trust and our architect will be attending.  There will be a presentation by the architect at 2pm followed by questions.  Comment sheets and printed copies of the plans will be available.

The plans will be posted on line at the Trust website the week following the consultation event.

You may also be aware that the Trust has recently purchased the former Wildside Classrooms at Whitebridge which adds to the facilities our community will have in the future.  There are no draft plans for the Whitebridge site yet.  

The Directors of the Trust hope you will be able to attend at Stratherrick Public Hall on 23 March and participate in the event.

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The field above Riverside, Foyers was purchased by the Trust for community use in 2017. A new access was planned and built in 2018. The Trust would like to ask all local residents to look round the field on foot during Spring 2019, using the small gate at the top of the new access road.

After a change of architect in 2018, the Trust’s new architect – Colin Armstrong Associates of Inverness – is producing a number of ideas and plans. These plans will form the basis of a Community Consultation during Spring 2019.

Please take the opportunity now to walk in the field or to exercise dogs. Think how you would like to see the field improved to provide a recreational asset for local people – so you are ready for the impending consultation.