The Glendale Trust published a detailed community Growth Plan in December 2011. This plan detailed the aspirations of our community organisation and highlighted projects that the volunteer board has aimed to deliver. All of the projects are aligned with the Trusts objectives.-
a) To maintain and/or improve the provision of public amenities
b) To maintain and/or improve buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance
c) To protect and conserve the local environment through the encouragement of renewable energy sources, where and as appropriate.
d) To create training and employment opportunities by the provision of workspace, buildings and/or land for the use of locals
In furtherance of the above objectives, the Glendale Trust will
a) Identify the key developments in the area that will make Glendale an even better place in which to live
b) Encourage tourism to the area
c) Make use of public/private resources and external professional advice to achieve these objectives.
d) Secure the maximum amount of external funding to achieve some or all of our objectives, avoiding conflict with the traditional role of the Community Council
e) Give written or oral advice and help, and where needed financial assistance to aid other organisations in Glendale such as the Moorings Association and Hall Committee complete their objectives.
f) Communicate clearly and regularly with members of the community
The Trust currently employs 3 members of staff and has made significant progress in recent years. Many of the projects have been developed and delivered to benefit our remote community in North West Skye. Two of the most significant projects include the purchase and development of Borrodale School and Meanish Pier both of which have transferred into community ownership from the Highland Council in 2013 and 2014. The Trust has developed extensive plans for both assets which will bring significant economic and community benefits to the local area.
The Trust has also lead the development of IT and Broadband classes for the local community which has seen free access to wifi and education classes delivered from our community hall. Having successfully delivered the Glendale Highland Market project in the summer of 2015 we are exceptionally proud to have this project shortlisted for the 2016 Scottish Rural Parliaments Rural Innovators Food and Drink award.
Our work continues and we are delighted to have led the development of Scotland’s Largest Community Broadband project – North Skye Broadband. This project and our Next Generation Land Use project which aims to provide affordable housing combined with a crofting educational facility will hopefully ensure the sustainability of our beautiful area long into the future.
The Glendale Hall
Isle of Skye
Key contact: Elgar Finlay