Brough Bay is a lovely little Bay, just below the tearooms at the foot of Dunnet Head. The villagers were at war for years over the ownership of part of the Bay which was clearly marked on the deeds of Windhaven which had belonged to John Eden and then to Brian Sparks.
What followed between 2006 and 2016 was partly a comedy of errors, but sadly ended in tragedy. Two of the villagers stood up to the bully boys of the Brough Bay Association, masquerading as a community group.
There is now a digital archive of the history of the Bay at the Castlehill Heritage Centre.
If you are a potential funder of the Association, we would advise you to investigate the history of the Association and their claims that they own all of Brough Bay. They do not own all of the Bay. Brough Bay Ltd. owns a part of it and the Company does not give their permission to the Association to work on it except in writing.
In 2010 the Company placed a bench and barbecue at the Bay which were subsequently removed. We can only assume that this was by the Association as they had already removed a seat from the area overlooking the Bay. The police were involved on a number of occasions regarding the seat as well as matters at the Bay. The winch was also stolen from the Company’s land and the Company’s CCTV camera interfered with even though that was not within the disputed area.
The Company asked for the Association’s books to be audited by the administrators of LEADER but it fell on deaf ears. You should perhaps carry out an audit now if you are planning on funding them. The main issues are:
1. The Association does not own the land – it was gifted to the village of Brough by a local benefactor.
2. The Association excludes many villagers from the Association.
3. The Association does not consult with the villagers.
4. The Association is a nefarious secretive body.
5 The Association’s members dump unseaworthy boats on the land and make a complete mess causing environmental problems as well as health and safety.
6. The Association has not fulfilled it obligations under the previous funding.
We have all documentation relating to the dispute including the original application forms to HLF and LEADER for the funding received in 2010. If you would like to view any of this documentation, please do not hesitate to contact us. If the Association is using materials developed by the Company in the wake of the launch of the North Highland Way, please note that these are copyright and protected in law.
Tina Irving and Brian Sparks.
Brough Bay Ltd. t/a LetsGoNorth
The Association have recently changed their registered address to the offices of the Caithness Voluntary Group instead of Georgesons. You can get company information from Companies House Scotland for a few pounds. The association remains a secretive organisation. The accounts were not audited from the last grant they received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and LEADER and they have done nothing in the bay since fixing the pier in 2010. There have been no events since the grand opening. The planned school trips to the Bay have not materialised as put in the original application. For funding bodies reading this information, it is advisable to get an audit of their accounts.
The storehouses are now owned by a local family and of course the section in the corner of the Bay belongs to Brough Bay Ltd. See more about the Bay in our newsletter at www.dunnethead.co.uk