Been posting a lot recently, partly to do with the current share offer for the Hydro Scheme, but also as there is so much going on here. There is always a danger of talking things up and there may be a small section of the community who are watching a little askance at the “progress”. I tend to wish every success on any one taking any role in community work, whether it is running the Games, the Community Hall or the Heritage Centre to name but a few. But we have to accept we are not all clones living here.
Hydro aside the new Toscaig Mast has been built and the boys left this afternoon. Everything seems on schedule for a big improvement on our broadband coverage, the connection to the Mallaig fibre optic cable is coming together. The broadband is frustrating here as some people are not getting a good service while we are having little or no problems. this goes back to community, it is not good that we are okay when other parts of the community are having difficulty with their connections. This is why WHAN has been set up. An interesting side issue is there is an academic study set up to look at people’s expectations regarding broadband. When we first started connecting people onto the AppleNet network, after the initial problems, the reaction and feedback was very positive and encouraging. Now 5 meg along with the numerous connections has meant that initial burst of enthusiasm has dropped off, the 30 meg (hopefully) will ease those concerns but for how long. Contention at least will not be an issue, but as people buy more heavy usage equipment we will be back to the 5 meg problem. Mind you BT’s half meg is like a shovel to a JCB. The Hydro despite some poor weather has been making steady progress
and the forecast, although rain today, looks a bit better for them during this week.
The site is a bit messy under foot.
The autumn colours are still to be seen even although it is overcast.
Now for the rant, we had a bit of a scare yesterday when Alison picked up on Twitter that all may not be well with the tax incentive for the share issue. We knew there were going to be changes as the Government we have now seem to be bent on putting taxpayers subsidy into nuclear, oil and fracking. Nuclear, in particular, has been hitting the headlines with some outrageous deals locking in huge profit margins for the new Chinese/French build EPR, untested and untried nuclear reactors. but quietly the same Government has been steadily withdrawing subsidies from green and renewable energy projects. The tax relief changes were promised not to affect community schemes but we have just heard that community energy schemes are now no longer eligible for tax relief. We knew the first £150,000 at 50% (SEIS) was to be withdrawn and that the 30% relief on the rest was going to come under a new system, going from EIS to SITR. Now we hear the community schemes are to be withdrawn from the new setup. November the 30th is when all this kicks in and we are fortunate that with foresight, Alison applied for and HMRC have accepted our application, for the current scheme. As long as we issue the share certificates by the 29th of November and have spent the money, no problem there!, we are eligible for the 50/30% tax reliefs. While fine for us spare a thought for all the communities who are trying to look after themselves by setting up similar income generating green energy schemes. They are having the feet kicked out from under them. This is the true face of the elected Government we now have. We are still in there so if any one wants to donate and/or invest just go to http://www.applecrosshydro.scot and all the information is there. Basically you are helping us help ourselves.
As you can see I am not in the best frame of mind, but have an excuse as I am recovering from another migraine, have recovered should say, as the fuzzy feeling has now gone the same way as the pain. Started last night so knew that would not lose all of the day. Had to land langoustine this morning for some one to take to Loch Ness Inn and just managed to sort that out. Took a lot of sweat and endurance, but a cup of tea later with a wee feeling of accomplishment the recovery was under way. A pity this one came along as the sea was calm and the langoustines were calling. Yesterday was fine
though and the sun shone on quiet waters.
No need to go to the Caribbean to see the ocean colours.
Still a decent catch although the day in itself was worth being on the water.
Nice to haul gear that is generally in good condition with only two now needing to come ashore this year. Made into the Pier at the end of yesterday’s haul to take another fleet on board. Shortage of staff meant an extra shift last night at the Inn. Busy early on but tailed off quite quickly, good for the kitchen as they had a long and busy day. Steak pie was well received at 9.pm. Going back to the migraine, the good thing is I may have just worked out one of the triggers. been good all summer keeping my sweet tooth under control, but over the last month fell off the wagon and have just worked out that the increase on rubbish sweets has maybe coincided adversely with the old head.
Finally it seems one of my trips south has resulted in the van being photographed from the road side, resulting in a wee visit from our local constabulary. Knew Dominic was not calling in for a ceilidh as he did not have Rachel with him. seems paperwork informing me of my poor driving has gone a miss and had read and accepted the charges of driving too fast on the A9. Interesting conundrums arise from this. If I had windows on the back there would have been no issue, being commercial is a problem but I was using the van for personal use. Law not that clear but lawyers too expensive and to be perfectly honest I have better things to do than to go to court over a dubious speeding charge. Interesting snippet I read today was there have been no fatal road accidents on the A9 over a three-month period, the first time since 2007. Maybe the new cameras are working despite being slagged off at the time.