Brough Bay archive

There is now a digital archive of the history of the Bay at the Castlehill Heritage Centre.

http://community.caithness.org/article.php?id=4439

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Community kept out

Dear Sirs,

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.

Yours,

Tina Irving and Brian Sparks.
Brough Bay Ltd. t/a LetsGoNorth
Windhaven
Brough
Thurso
KW14 8YE.

About Brough Harbour

The Bay is owned partly by a local community group and partly by Brough Bay Ltd. which owns the campsite, B&B and cottage above the Bay.The natural harbour at Brough has been used for fishing and landing boats for hundres of years.  It was described in the Old Statistical Account (1794).  There is photographic evidence (in the Johnston Collection) 1900 of harbour related activities such as drying nets and hauling out boats being carried out.  A winch was installed to hal the boats.

In 1830 the Northern Lighthouse Board built a pier/slipway as a servicing point for the Dunnet Head Lighthouse.  In the 1970’s the harbour users formed a group called “the pier committee” with the purpose of maintaining the slipway.  Later the group was formalised with a constitution under the chairmanship of Ian Munro of Clett Cottage, Brough.

1978 – After the near destruction of the slipway in a storm, the group raised money to repair the slip.  Without this initiative, the harbour would have become unusable.

1983  The community group reached agreement with the Northern Lighthouse Board to take over the Board’s interest in the Harbour.

1985  The boat park was originally created by Mervyn Sinclair, a local and resident of Brough.  Mr. Sinclair also helped with keeping the place tidy, and he and his father often launched their boats from the pier. The community group later concreted this part as well as installing a wall along the shore, north from the lighthouse store was built to give the cliff some protection from erosion.

1991 The community group installed rock armouring along the seaward side of the boat park as its own expense with money gathered from the local community.

1993  The harbour and surrounding land was gifted to the community group by Margaret Munro, widow of Ian Munro who was chairman of the group since its formation.  Members of the committee each made a contribution towards the local costs.

The community group has now been formed into a company registered with Companies House Scotland.

Minientrada

Local beauty spot ruined

Local beauty spot ruined – dated 2012

Dear Sirs,

Brough Bay is a beautiful spot on the Caithness coast at the base of Dunnet Head.  It is widely used by tourists and locals alike who go there to picnic, barbecue and enjoy the tranquil place.  However, the Bay is currently ruined by two unseaworthy boats which have been placed on the shore by the Brough Bay Association which are full of and attract rubbish.  The shore is sodden with oil which is leaking from the boats which are rapidly deteriorating.  The Association received over £50,000 of public money in 2010 to maintain the pier and look after the Bay area but it is clear that they are not adhering to the objectives of the Association which is a registered company at Companies House Scotland (company number SC420393). One of the stated objectives is “to promote the use, and manage improvement and maintenance of the slipway, harbour and associated facilities at Brough Bay to the benefit of the community of the Parish of Dunnet.”  The boats have been in situ since May 2010.  Attempts by local people to remove the boats have been thwarted by the Association on several occasions. The writer wonders how unseaworthy boats which attract rubbish, are a health and safety concern and a threat to the environment can possibly improve the harbour area for the benefit of the community.

Interested parties can write to the chairman of the association,  as listed at Companies House Scotland.

Yours faithfully,