...to the Dornoch Community Site run by the Dornoch Area Comunity Interest Company.
Consultation on ESRA proposal for new boat shed
Highland Council has opened a consultation on the proposed disposal, by lease, of an area of Common Good land to East Sutherland Rescue Association. The consultation is open until 11 September 2019. The lease would allow ESRA to advance their plans for a new building to meet the ever more stringent legislation on lifeboat cover and keep our award-winning beach safe. We are very fortunate to have so many volunteers in our community willing to put their lives at risk to save others.
The proposed new building would allow easier & quicker launch of the lifeboat, improved working conditions for the team (e.g. water, toilets & heating) as well as improved viewing of the coastline and a training room to ensure the crew members' skills are kept up to date. Members of the public are invited to comment on the proposed lease which will go forward to the Sheriff Court to determine if the lease will be issued.
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New electric car charging points
There are two charging bays in the Meadows car park.
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Dornoch Police Station - Update
We are delighted to report that Police Scotland have accepted our Asset Transfer Request! Our Stage 2 application to the Scottish Land Fund to purchase the building and take our plans to building warrant stage is being considered and the outcome will be known shortly.
Our new Community Development Manager, Catherine Moodie is working on funding bids for the renovation work. Our plan is to do the renovation in stages, starting with the gym which attracted the most community support. So watch this space!
Kerri Stevens joins us on 27 August as Project Manager.
The key findings of the Feasibiliy Study are here
We now have a Business Plan for the four identified uses - of a business hub, studio/workshop/ storage space (for designers, artists and makers), gym and childcare centre for 0-3 year olds. Seven potential tenants have confirmed their interest.
If you are interested in renting office, creative or storage space please email
You may have seen an article in the Northern Times outlining DACIC's ambitious plans for a new multi-purpose building in Dornoch, on the vacant site south of the new UHI Student accommodation block and opposite the Medical Centre.
We believe this project could be transformational as it would open up all year round tourism with the building being available to hire for wedding receptions, conferences, music, arts and sports events in the Summer and curling in the Winter. The original plan for a gym has now been incorporated in the Police Station plans above, allowing a community hall to be included in the plans at the suggestion of the Community Association - which if both projects are successful would allow the Social Club to be sold.
Our application to the Scottish Land Fund has been successful and stage 1 development funding has been confirmed for Consultation, Feasibility Study and Business Plan. Ironside Ferrar who delivered the Dornoch Economic Masterplan have been appointed as the consultants for this work.
The grant also allows for the planning requirements for Contaminated Land and Flood Risk Assessments to be carried out.
Many thanks to those who came along to the consultation event on 22nd March.
LATEST NEWS: We have submitted a bid to the Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund based on a simpler design of a steel 'hangar type' shed for the curling rink, with conventional building in front for the community hall and shared facilities (toilets, changing room, kitchen etc). Feasibilty and Business Plan from Ironside Farrar is in draft form. We will submit an SLF 2 application in November once we idenitfy funding for ground investigation work required to check for any contaminated land.
In response to public demand since the closure of the ATM and the Bank of Scotland branch, we are very grateful that Dornoch Stores have introduced a cashback service at its General Store, with no minimum purchase. They are open 8 am - pm daily. The Co-op, Eagle and Harry Gow also offer a cashback service. There are three ATMs inside the Co-op, the Spar Convenience in the Retail Park and the Golf Club. The Post Office offers a full banking service.
The Bank of Scotland Mobile Branch calls at the Retail Park as follows:
Monday 9:30-12:15 and 13:00-15:15
Wednesday14:00 to 15:15
Friday 9:30-12:15 and 13:00-15:15