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