Carr-Bridge Ahead and Carrbridge Community Orchard
January got off to a positive start and our thanks to John Rendall of Carr-Bridge Ahead for his efforts in driving forward the process to acquire ownership/ tenure of the site.
A Short Life Working group with representations from CBA and volunteers interested in taking the project forward, met with the Scottish Land Fund Representative from Highland and Islands Enterprise( HIE) and then with officers from THC, to discuss the acquisition of the land and a short term License to Occupy.
This would allow the Orchard Group to progress the project whilst Carrbridge Ahead pursue the legal and financials with solicitors and contracts etc.
Carr-Bridge Ahead drafted a Memorandum of Understanding to cover the relationship during the land acquisition process and a Terms of Reference to be agreed by the Community Orchard Group in due course which will define the ongoing relationship between the 2 organisations. In particular the arrangements for financial management, legal matters including the lease agreement, insurance for activities and liabilities and policy issues.
This is an important agreement to enable the group to apply for funds from external sources, not just to expect Carrbridge Community Funds will cover the costs.
However funding was requested for a Start Up Grant to enable the Steering Group to hold public meetings in the Village Hall or the Marie Anderson Pavilion and other reasonable costs to get the project off the ground.
These funds are ring fenced by Carrbridge Ahead in their accounts with drawdown for evidenced start up expenditure.
On the 27th January the Shortlife Working Group met with officers from THC to discuss the CAT and the option of a License to Occupy.
Following the meeting with Highland Council Officers a detailed survey of the site was undertaken. This will be form the basis for the Community Asset Transfer to Carr-Bridge Ahead for use by the Community Orchard Group.