The Cludgie Project is a partnership project aiming to install much-needed facilities for motorhomes and campervans in the car park area at Assynt Leisure Centre, Lochinver. In due course, facilities are hoped to include waste disposal, grey-water disposal and freshwater top-up, and users will also be able to access facilities including Wi-Fi, showers, and tourist information services at the leisure centre. Improvements to the car park surface will also be included in project works.
The main works have now been completed by Anderson Civils Engineering Ltd, for the first phase resulting in the creation of the motorhome toilet waste disposal facility, freshwater top-up facility, and the concreted service area for motorhomes.
Technicalities of the Project Work
The planned works became more complex than expected due to the need to divert existing roof rainwater from the leisure centre away from Scottish Water’s public foul sewer into the surface-water sewer. Motorhome grey-water for the project will then be allowed by Scottish Water to enter the foul sewer. Motorhome foul waste will have to be stored in a large tank on-site, to be emptied as required and taken by road probably to the Ullapool sewage processing plant. Having been approved some additional funding towards the costs of detailed design for these extra complications, Cameron Ross Engineers were appointed to carry out this additional technical design work and based upon this, Scottish Water has now given conditional acceptance for a sewer connection for the project.
Since the tendering period, the scope of the project was reduced in order to achieve the first phase of works with approved funding, with an aim to carry out the car park resurfacing in tarmac and porous paving, grey water disposal facility and sewer works to be completed as a separate phase 2 in future.
This first phase of the project has been funded by:
the Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, managed by Visit Scotland and administered on our behalf by Highland Council
the Scottish Government and European Community’s Highland LEADER Programme
Highlands & Islands Enterprise
the Highland Council North West & Central Sutherland Ward Discretionary Fund
Assynt Development Trust’s own resources.
Funding has also been approved towards the second phase of works from the third round of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, and more recently from the Highlands Coastal Communities Fund, which should allow the second phase of works to go ahead in 2021 to complete the full range of facilities.