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 – dated 2012
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.
The committee of the Brough Bay Association exclude local residents from being full members of the association for their own ends. Even people who have lived in the village all of their lives have been told that they cannot join. They also pretend that they own all of the land at the Bay, but this is untrue. The deeds clearly show a section as belonging to the company Brough Bay Ltd. Between 2009 and 2011 the chairman of the association caused untold trouble in the village and was visited by the police several times.
On 14th June 2011, there were celebrations for three new projects in Brough. Sadly very few of the villagers were invited. The pier looks really nice now but sadly the area is spoiled by the Brough Bay Association’s boats being dumped at the bay spoiling the overall effect.
Subsequent reports in the John o Groats Journal expressed disgust at the BBA and saying that they should look after the area better.