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New public eco-toilets could come to the Kilmuir area, if suggested development projects get the go ahead.

A Kilmuir Community Council consultation event outlined the benefits a Development Trust could bring to the area.   The presentation which ended with a question and answer session included the key steps in the process of setting up a Trust and highlighted the support available for communities who wish to establish Trusts for their area.

Potential projects suggested included developing facilities at the village hall, providing tourist and visitor information in the area, improving Camus Mor slipway and exploring options for Duntulm Castle.

Chair of the Kilmuir Community Council, Stephen Varwell, said: “The support for a Trust was overwhelmingly positive. It was clear such an organisation would be supported and welcomed in the community and as such it could really complement the role of other community Groups in Kilmuir.

"Whilst the Community Council have delivered a lot of projects over recent years, there are some ideas which community councils simply cannot undertake due to their constitution. Therefore, a Development Trust in the area could be a real boost, particularly if it could attract additional funding, and hopefully find a way to employ an officer to help move things forward.

'"We were delighted to welcome Catherine McWilliam (DTAS) and Diane Campbell (Community Ownership Support) who brought their extensive knowledge and helped answer the many questions from the floor. From the meeting, we have set up an informal steering group to investigate setting up an organisation which best suits our local circumstances.

"The steering group will be assisted by our local development consultant as they prepare to develop a community action plan and put the formalities in place.”

More than 30 people attended a public meeting on July 3.  The presentation was delivered by development consultant, Elgar Finlay, and representatives from Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) and its Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) which represent and support over 250 development Trusts across Scotland.

Speaking after the event, Elgar Finlay said: "It was great to see so many people in attendance at such a busy time of year, particularly when there were some important world cup games being played! It is clear Kilmuir has a very enthusiastic community with lots of great ideas, many of which could bring real value to the area. I’m really looking forward to working with the group as they move forward.

"Working with the support of DTAS will be key as they bring a huge amount of experience as Kilmuir begins this exciting journey."

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