The northern village of Mopp and Bucket Head

A piece of satire aimed at the Brough Bay Association and their supporters back in 2010 will we are sure fly off the bookshelves… or rather Lulu…. at the end of November.

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Here is an extract:

“The village idiot was pouring over the association’s work of fiction, generally known as the accounts, wondering how he was going to get another grant. He hadn’t had one for a few years. Now that the snob was out of the way, it should be easier in theory. He had noticed that a book was due out about the Battle of Brough Bay at the end of November. He was a bit worried about that – the lairds would put him right. ” Read more soon!

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Letters flew back and forth

The owners of Windhaven, Brough, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8YE

 

22nd November, 2012

 

Brough Bay Association,

Brough,

Thurso,

KW14 8YE

 

To: Committee members – Brough Bay Association

 

Further to our conversations and emails, we outline below the issues caused by the previous administration of the association and hope that we can resolve matters in a civilised and timely manner.  We would have preferred to discuss these matters face to face with the committee so that all committee members could be made aware of the problems and give their feedback.  However, the Chairman preferred that we write to you and we hope the matters can be discussed at the committee meeting to be held on 7th December 2012.

 

Thank you for removing the blue boat and attempting to clean up the mess which has been made at the Bay. It will still not be possible to clear the drain while the larger boat is in situ, but hopefully SEPA will get it moved shortly. There is, however, no guarantee that the perpetrator will not put something else on the site when he returns.

 

In order to provide a background to the problems at Brough Bay over the last few years for the benefit of newcomers to the executive, we outline the main points below:

 

  • In 2009, we had a meeting with two of the committee members of the Brough Bay Association as they wanted permission to construct a car park on land owned by Brough Bay Limited. This was to be incorporated into the plan for improvements at the Bay of which we were supportive in principle. The outcome of the meeting was that we would receive a letter from them stating what exactly they wanted to do as well as the arrangements for insurance and assurances that land ownership would not be compromised.  This was never forthcoming and the proposed work on the car park did not go ahead.
  • In April 2010, we discussed with another resident about the possibility of placing a barbecue and waste bin be placed at the Bay for use by visitors. This would have been at no cost to the association. We also wanted to clear up the section above the retaining wall below the footpath and make a picnic area.  In the event, we did provide a barbecue and waste bin which were subsequently stolen.  The police were not able to establish who the culprits were.
  • In May 2010, we received a letter from the association stating that the land did not belong to the Company, but to the association. There was a great deal of correspondence between the association, the Company and the respective lawyers. The letter to the association’s solicitors, Georgesons, dated 2nd April 2011 remains unanswered.
  • In May 2010, two unseaworthy boats were placed on the land at the Bay, causing many difficulties, not to mention a lot of public time and money being spent in trying to resolve them. This included the police, the Highland Council, SEPA and even John Thurso MP.  Unfortunately the boats have attracted rubbish and a general feeling of neglect at the Bay.

 

Further to our discussion with another member of the committee at the Bay on 10th November, we outline the issues below and hope that they can be discussed at the committee meeting during the first week of December 2012 and to receiving a reply shortly afterwards.

 

  • We have not received a response to our letter to Georgesons of 2nd April 2011 requesting sight of the surveys which were done at the Bay to establish ownership of the car parking area which, until the last couple of years, has been considered as belonging to the owner of Windhaven and, since 2008, to Brough Bay Ltd. of which the residents of Windhaven are Directors. Problems could arise in the event of any potential sale by either party as the plan drawn up by the previous administration of the association would not pass muster if it were challenged in court.   Windhaven and the surrounding land are currently for sale. If a sale is compromised due to the actions of the BBA, the issue of land ownership will be raised again.  Perhaps you could contact your solicitor to ask why we have not been provided with evidence that the surveys were carried out, as outlined in the BBA’s letter of May 2010.
  • As the association considers that it owns all of the area at the Bay, we should be grateful to receive your comments as to how the drainage of water from the land above can be managed. In the past, the BBA have occasionally cleared the drains with a machine, but the last time the area was cleaned was in 2010 and this was done at our own cost.  Once the oil has been cleared, the matter of maintenance of the drainage needs to be addressed in order to make the car parking area more useable.
  • In our opinion, the association seems to have been run as a secret society for many years. It would certainly be beneficial if it were more open and all Brough villagers were advised of activities and meetings.   We have not been informed of AGMs for several years, and this is one reason why we are not currently members of the association. The noticeboard at the entrance to the village (which belongs to the Dunnet Head Educational Trust) can be used to display posters / news about the association at no charge.

 

We look forward to hearing from you in due course, receiving formal notification of the AGM in February and the subscription so that we can consider becoming full members of the new Company. We prefer communications by email to tinadirving@gmail.com which not only saves on postage, but also means that we can continue to deal with matters when we are away.  We should be grateful if you could also inform all village residents of the meeting.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

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The Battle of Brough

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.

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Brough Bay Association update

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

 

Local beauty spot ruined!

Local people have written to the press regarding the state of  Brough Bay as follows:

“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 management improvement 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, Michael O’Donnell, Burifa, Brough, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8YE, as listed at Companies House Scotland. ”

If you want to add your voice to getting this mess cleaned up, please write to the association.

Brough pier renovations

In 2011, Brough pier underwent renovations to repair some of the storm damage and general deterioration of the pier.  The work was undertaken by a local contractor, and other information is now available around the village as to the origins of the pier and how it was used to build Dunnet Head lighthouse.  There is an interpretation board at the Bay providing details.

Further details can be found in the Historical Environment Record maintained by the Highland Council- see http://her.highland.gov.uk/.

Some information about the project can be seen at the following links:

Lighthouse loading platform, Brough

Croft, Brough

Slipway at Brough

Information supplied by the Dunnet Head Educational Trust – www.dunnethead.co.uk