Posted 14/02/2022
By: Helen Castle

The central heartland of Rousay is moorland with rough terrain and steep slopes; it is usually reserved for the fit and the few to enjoy.

The Heart of Rousay project aims to open up this hilly heartland for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Part of this project is the creation of a viewpoint and walkway at Kingarly Hill, the site of the 900kW wind turbine. The views from here incorporate the interior moorland landscape of Rousay, across Sourin Burn and Kierfea, and sea views looking out across to the North Isles and Mainland.

With generous external funding from Healthy Islands Fund, work can begin with the design and construction of a boardwalk, seating area and car park at Kingarly Hill. The boardwalk and seating will be tailored to allow access for people with limited mobility and wheelchair users.

Healthy Islands Fund is an investment from the Scottish Government to support community-led initiatives that promote healthier lifestyles on the islands.

The viewpoint will be a place to:
  • Celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of Rousay’s moorland
  • Enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature
  • Give access to those of all abilities and ages

Thanks to residents sharing their views in these surveys, we can show the community-need and enthusiasm for the project to funders! Your views and survey contributions make a real difference.

Community support for the creation of the viewpoint:
  • ‘Creating viewpoints’ option was the highest scoring project option (+0.92) in the community ballot 2017 as part of the feasibility study for the community purchase of Trumland Estate.
  • In 2012, in a questionnaire sent to REW residents, 80% supported or strongly supported a viewpoint at the community turbine. 158 residents (77% of total residents) took part in the survey.

Updates on the Heart of Rousay project and viewpoint will be shared online via the REWDT website and Facebook page.

If you have any other enquiries, please get in touch with Eleanor by calling 01856 821229 or email eleanor@rewdt.org
 





In Other News..




Minutes of the 19 April Board Meeting
Posted 18/05/2022

Minutes of the 19 April Pre-AGM Board Meeting can be found here




Sale of Reconditioned Heat Smart Orkney Equip
Posted 28/04/2022

Sale of Reconditioned Heat Smart Orkney Equipment

The equipment is being sold via a ‘sealed bid’ system, contact the office or go to the website for details and the form. All equipment has been checked by R S Merrimans as in good working order and is sold as seen. There are no guarantees with the equipment and REWDT will not be responsible for the equipment once collected.  Delivery/collection is to be arranged by the successful bidder with Eric Shortland (who is storing the equipment for REWDT).

The following items are for sale: -

 

Megaflo Hot Water Cylinders - 200L, 250L & 300L

Dimplex Cadiz 3kw Portable Heaters and

Dimplex Quantum Storage Heaters QM70, QM100, QM125 & QM150

15 May 2022 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Eric Shortland’s Shed to view.

any questions, or for a copy of the bid form, call us on 821 229, email helen@rewdt.org or click here to download the form






New Housing Project
Posted 28/04/2022

We Need Your Help With Our New Housing Project

We have secured £15,000 from the Rural Housing Fund for the initial stages of this project.

Now we need your input on what type of houses to build.  Please use this link to tell us:  www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Rousay_Housing 

Or you can download a paper copy to fill in here

Or call the office for a paper copy to be posted to you.

Closing date for the feedback is on 14 May

We look forward to hearing from you.