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Community Survey

in Community Assets by Alan Jones Associates
We are looking to engage the community through a short survey. This survey outlines the key options for the current or new hall and looks to understand the community's preferences.

Community Survey - We Need You

In the 2016 community survey, the top three community needs were to develop a Community Development Company (delivered), to improve broadband (underway), and to develop a new community hub.

In subsequent consultation, there have been many suggestions/ideas documented around what facilities a new ‘community hub’ could offer, alongside more recent strong support for extensions and alterations to Garve Public Hall to provide this service.

As a key priority, now documented within the Community Development Plan, we have been commissioned on behalf of The Garve & District Development Company to carry out an Options Appraisal, Feasibility Study and Business Plan.

Part of this is to investigate the options for either extending the existing Garve Public Hall or considering a new build option elsewhere within the Garve and District boundary, taking into consideration that a village hall is available at Achnasheen and Lochluichart Vestry is used as a community venue.

Moving this forward, we have worked with the The Garve  & District Development Company to produce a survey for completion by the community. This survey seeks the community’s views on which of these options is preferred and, in an effort, to ensure full consultation takes place the survey has been posted to all residents in the area. This can be completed and returned using the enclosed stamped addressed envelop, returned to either Achnasheen Hall, Lochluichart Vestry or Garve Post Office, or completed online using the link below.

Community Survey - we need your views!

As always, your input is greatly appreciated and will play a key role in supporting the positive development of our local area.

Questions & Comments

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Steve Jones said:

Some quetsions on the hall options please. 

Option 1: Renovaion and expansion of existing hall:  The comments say that it falls short in some ways of what is stated in the community development plan. How does it fall short - apart from expanding the car parking?

Are there other ways of increasing car parking capacity for the existiig hall eg use of some of the hotel  parking? new car park in the 'horse' field next to the hall to the east? new car parking in the field further east of the hall at the end of the road?

Option 2: How realistic is it to obtain land for a new build in the location you have suggested or elsewhere? Is this a realistic practical option or just a theoretical possibility?

I assume that the costs quoted are for the hall building alone. You mention that significant other works are required. Do you have a rough estimate of these additional costs?         

Thank you.  

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Lucy Beattie said:

Hi Steve

I have been working with Alan Jones as part of the working group for this project which also includes board members from the Garve and District Development Company and the Trustees of the Garve Pubic Hall.

Option 1: Alan Jones and his team have made extensive enquiries to see if there would be further options to increase car parking on the site with a number of stakeholders including the ones you have mentioned and as it stands there are currently no options to increase car parking close to the site.  However, the survey and the public meetings will give community members the opportunity to make relevant suggestions and proposals that go beyond the scope of desktop and face to face enquiries made by the consultants.  The final findings will be outlined within the written feasibility report which will be published in November.

Option 2: Is a theoretical option.  Land could be made available on land holdings that are currently owned by what was formerly known as the Forestry Commission and now known as Forestry and Land Scotland.  This could be an opportunity for a new facility or indeed for other options which will be highlighted within the final feasibility report which could include forest for recreational or commercial use.  Interim findings from the consultants indicate that other sites may not be feasible due to structural and situational barriers.

Guidance and information surrounding the community asset transfer scheme can be accessed below:

https://forestryandland.gov.scot/what-we-do/communities/community-asset-transfer-scheme

Additional costs for development could include site services, access, professional fees depending upon size of structure or location.

If you have further questions please let me know and I can put them to the working group and consultants for more detailed feedback, there will also be a consultation event at Achnasheen Hall on Wednesday 25th September at 5.30pm.  I hope this helps.

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Lucy Beattie said:

We have had a few questions submitted to the consultant Alan Jones and would like to share his answers (in bold) with folks who may have similar questions, if you can't be at the meetings please feel free to submit a question here at the Garve.org on-line community hub or via email (contact details at the bottomfo the page):

  • The mention of Silverbridge could well put off "pro" new hall voters - why did a proposed location need to be mentioned if it is only at such a very early stage? Because we tried 4 or 5 other sites(Lochluichart Estate, Starthgarve, Scotrail/Network Rail/ Highland Council school site and none are available and SEPA has indicated restrictions on land adjacent to Matheson Road and Strathgarve Primary School
  • It states "£1.1m for a new build of similar size to the existing hall 285m2" - a lot of money for a hall the same size as we already have BUT on the redevelopment it states "extension to incorporate a larger gross internal area of 285m2" so the new build for £1.1m would NOT be the same size as our existing hall (ie this statement is incorrect).  The gross internal area of the existing hall is approximately 160m2, if this were extended with updated kitchen/bathroom and new first floor an additional 125m2 would be added to the existing hall bringing it up to a potential size of 285m2 gross internal area.
  • A lack of adequate car parking is listed as a disadvantage for the refurbishment but surely a larger hall on the site would make the parking issue worse? Agreed, if footfall increases.
  • How many landowners have been approached? 5 
  • The survey has the question for a new build as "new build community hall only" does this mean that by voting for this you do not want the repurposing of the old hall as well?  We believe the option to do both would be unaffordable in the current financial climate with grants becoming more and more difficult to secure. There's a neither option provided and a space to write comments
  • How is the voting process going to be managed to ensure no multiple votes from a single source? I will complete mine online and my husband by post. Please can respondents indicate how many are in their household if they are using the same voting form and anyone wanting to express more than one opinion can do so.  You can only vote once per device on the online Survey monkey to stop individuals voting multiple times.

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Helen Grainge said:

Garve has little space for parking, and it needs to find new places for parking, especialy when anything is arranged in the hall. But to say that is inpossible is not yet.  If parking was to be made available in the other venues it would have to be paid for, as well as having to get people to the place.  So any thing is possible, and it may be a bit further to walk. Perhaps across the Strathgarve bridge, In the community there are I think always people who will help others to get that distance.

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