Sometimes you wonder why the country seems to focus on spending its money in the cities.The City-Region Deal funding scheme is ridiculous. Inverness has just been awarded £3million to spend on the Castle and installing a city wi-fi scheme. But, hang on a minute, there is something called 3G/4G, a connectivity that the rural areas of the Highlands can only dream of having. 3G and 4G allow people to connect quickly to the internet using their smartphones. I don’t really understand the need for a city wi-fi scheme. Where is the ‘Rural-Region Funding’ for areas where phone signal and broadband barely exist? Where is the big pot of money for improving connectivity to businesses and organisations who continue to struggle on with limited internet access? Where is our 3G? Why should we suffer connectivity wise for living in a rural area? “The Highlands don’t go beyond Inverness” as they say.
It was interesting to read in the community council minutes that there are potential plans for a ‘Kishorn Hub’. It could be a good point of information for locals and visitors. The adoption plans for the Kishorn Phonebox are also progressing well and are now in the final stages. The “Selfie Box” will be getting a good scrub and tidy up this weekend, you’ll notice the sign going back up now we seem to be out of the worst of the weather! The Kishorn Playing Field AGM was held at the end of last month, with new volunteers offering their help to co-ordinate the playing field at the Dell. Unfortunately I was away and would have liked to attend, but it seems that progress is definitely being made. The ‘Kishorn Seafood Bar’ re-opens on the 24th March just before Easter and ‘Patterns of Light’ opens for the season on Wednesday 16th March. The Bealach Café is open two days a week but will soon be increasing their opening hours in time for Easter. Kishorn is beginning to wake up again, bring on the tourists!
A new addition this year to Kishorn is ‘Our Scottish Adventure’ based at the new Sanachan Bunkhouse. I’d like to welcome Sean and Sophie to Kishorn, and wish them all the very best with their new venture. You can find out more at http://www.ourscottishadventure.com or phone 01520 733 484.
It’s great that people are coming into the area to work and live. Unfortunately though, the time comes when we have to say goodbye. The thing about living in a small community in the West Highlands of Scotland is that usually everyone knows each other, and when the time comes it can be even harder. But the community supports one another. Even by putting a card through the door, that’s a small but appreciative symbol of community.
We are remote. We are small. But we shouldn’t be punished for choosing to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Maybe if the councils across the country became more ‘localised’ that would help. But we won’t be forgotten about and pushed aside. “They don’t need it”. We do. And we’ll get it.