Two community “drop in” consultation sessions are to be held at the end of August in the old library room of Grantown’s YMCA Community Centre, as part of the TAWS Order pre application process. Plans and other information about the extension will be on display, Trustees will be on hand to answer questions, and members of the public attending will be encouraged to complete feedback forms in which they can make any comments on or raise any concerns about the railway’s plans. Dates/times are Friday 30th August 3pm – 8 pm and Saturday 31sr August 2pm – 5 pm.
The start button has been pushed on the process of getting Government approval for the extension to Grantown. Before the formal application for a Transport and Works (Scotland) Order is submitted, a pre application consultation process with the Scottish Government and various bodies such as SNH and the National Park has to be undertaken and this is now under way. A community consultation event is to be held later in the year as part of this pre application process.
Keeping vegetation under control and disposing of the results is a never ending task…. as what we affectionately (?) refer to as the “big railway” (the national network) has belatedly realised! In this image, volunteers Bill Mitchell and Roger Masters from Grantown are pictured feeding a bonfire of broom cleared from the cutting sides just south of the town. Further bonfires will be organised when the weather is suitable and the other cut material has dried out a bit.
We welcome Tim Keats to the Trust Board following the AGM held on 25th May. Tim is a former BT employee who started his career working on overhead lines and rose to become a project manager in charge of delivering many significant communications network projects across the UK. He now lives in Dulnain Bridge where he is a member of the Community Council. Tim’s project management skills and local community links will be of great value in the delivery of the project.
Further clearance and burning of vegetation between Gaich and Grantown was undertaken on two days in March by a number of the railway’s volunteers. Thanks to – Ben Tyrell, Neil MacQueen, Jim Clark, Angus MacPhail, Ian Masson, Iain Wood, Mike Tough, Roddy MacPhee, Ian Stanworth and John Wood for their help.