Colonsay Community Development Company, or CCDC, was formed in 2000 and is committed to the continued development of the island through, among other things:
- Relieving poverty
- Advancing education
- Providing or assisting in provision of housing
- Promoting trade and industry
- Promoting a sustainable community
The company operates through a group of directors democratically elected by members. The current Directors are:
Meetings are normally held on the last Tuesday of each month in the Servicepoint. These are open to all with an agenda advertised on the preceeding Tuesday. Minutes of each meeting can be found for download at the bottom of this page. These are made available once they have been approved at the following meeting.
CCDC manages the service point on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council under a service level agreement. HIE have provided funding for 2018/19 towards additional costs of employing a project development officer to deliver the company's busines strategy. Carrie Seymour and Ros Jewell have been appointed as a job share.
The CCDC is currently involved in a number of exciting projects on the island. Further information on each can be found below. It is important to note that delivery of these projects is supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Scalasaig Community Housing and Business Unit Development
Colonsay Community Development Company (CCDC) is delighted to be able to announce the start of a long awaited and much needed new community-led housing and business unit development. This follows the decision of the Scottish Land Fund to award £395,000 towards the cost of land purchase. A substantial award from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) also helped towards the total sum required and industry partner MOWI, who operate a salmon farm off the coast of Colonsay, have made a significant contribution to the development thus far.
HIE and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust have supported CCDC for the last two years to drive this project forward, the purchase of the land at Scalasaig from Colonsay Estate will enable a phased construction of new, affordable mixed tenure homes and business premises to support the fragile community on one of Scotland’s remotest islands. Colonsay Estate has worked closely with CCDC to reach a deal on the land purchase, which the Colonsay community desperately needs in order to provide affordable housing and business space to ensure long-term sustainability through a growing population with a year-round economy. A recent survey indicated an immediate requirement for 11 new homes simply to meet existing housing demand; more are needed to build a sustainable community.
CCDC and the estate have discussed and agreed the scope of potential development to meet the immediate needs. Land was identified for; new housing development towards the south of the public road that runs between the harbour and the church; and additional business space to add to the existing units near by the village hall and shop. The Estate and CCDC both seek to develop separate business premises that will complement and not conflict with existing businesses and other developments coming forward on the island.
"We are so excited to have secured SLF stage 2 funding at what is a crucial moment for Colonsay. Having been born and raised on the island, I've grown up watching a community of volunteers working so hard to sustain and protect the island for the likes of myself and my brother. Had it not been for a community-led social housing project nearly 20 years ago, it's unlikely we would have had the opportunity to stay here as kids. We know firsthand the difference projects like this make." Caitlin McNeill, CCDC Director.
“Colonsay Estate are delighted that after much hard work from many agencies, SLF and HIE have recognised the merit of this project. It is vital for the continued economic success of the Colonsay community that there is adequate modern affordable housing available for those seeking to make their lives on the island. The inward investment onto Colonsay will benefit the wider community. The Estate is now able to complete the development of 5 industrial units which will be available to small businesses on the island. The Estate looks forward to continuing to work together with the CCDC in the future for the benefit of the Colonsay community.” Alex Howard – Colonsay Estate
Last updated February 2020
The community of Colonsay will soon have it’s own food waste recycling facility. A Ridan composter will be located at the Argyll and Bute Council depot on the Machrins road, where raw and cooked food waste will be recycled along with garden waste, to produce garden compost. This project has been funded by the Marine Harvest Common Good Fund and Islay Energy Trust. A committee of volunteers has taken ownership of this project. They will arrange collection caddies for those who want to take part and pick-up on a regular basis. This will go a long way to reduce the carbon foot print of Colonsay’s visitors, residents and businesses by diverting food waste from landfill. This will be particularly important when landfill sites for such waste will be closed in 2021. CCDC plans to continue with recycling and other waste reduction initiatives in collaboration with Argyll and Bute Council.
Last updated January 2019
Colonsay Community Play Park opened it's gates on the 21st July this year after three years of consultations, planning and fundraising. The equipment and installation of the park were made possible with awards donated by The Big Lottery and The Robertson Trust. The park is now cared for by a committee of local volunteers. The park, located directly below the community garden and the village hall, has been in almost constant use since the opening, proving popular with locals and visitors alike.
Last updated August 2018
Land Purchase/Housing Development
The Local Development Officer survey of 2011 found that housing was the most important issue to address for the CCDC and this has been confirmed by community consultation in 2017. With staff funding and additional support from HIE, the directors are pursuing all possible avenues to secure sufficient land to meet the housing needs of the community. Colonsay Estate is willing to sell land to the community for social housing and negotiations are underway; resolution of the access difficulties with the permitted scheme for 5 houses at Lower kilchattan are being pursued; and purchase of available and suitable sites on the island are being investigated.
Afforadble housing and job oppurtunities are key to halting the loss of young people and to attracting new residents. It is widely believed that you cannot have one without the other, so establishing affordable accommodation will encourage further employment on the island. At the same time, CCDC will be seeking to develop land and buildings for employment opportunities.
Last updated November 2018
Colonsay Winter Arts Mosaic Project 2016/17 & 2017/18
The aim of the project was to bring the Colonsay & Oransay community, particularly those most vulnerable to isolation, together over the quiet and long winter months to celebrate the islands’ heritage. A local artist was employed to develop and facilitate the project in the form of four mosaic boards, each depicting one of the following aspects of our heritage: flora & fauna, people & places, marine & coastal landscape and religion & spirituality.
The project has been a great success with our youngest participant being 6 & our oldest 75. Everyone contributed with their own ideas for the mural & the artist realized the final design. A big thank you to everyone who has donated tiles, crockery, time, energy, enthusiasm & cakes- much appreciated.
Generous grants of £1,000 from both the NHS Health & Wellbeing Fund and Calmac allowed this project to happen and provided a space for our most isolated locals to share skills, conversation (and some delicious baking) while celebrating shared heritage and beautiful surroundings. We were incredibly grateful to receive a further anonymous donation of £250 which allowed the Project Worker to run a few extra sessions and spend some time out with the workshops touching up and grouting the boards.
Aesthetically, the mosaics are a great success and definitely brighten up the Village Hall and add further to the vision of Scalasaig as a dynamic hub that welcomes visitors and locals alike.
Colonsay Trading Company
The Colonsay Trading Company is the trading arm of the CCDC. It is responsible for the provision of petrol, DERV, coal and gas on the island. These services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, with any revenue generated being spent on the upkeep of the community petrol/DERV pump and of the Coal Righ, where the coal and gas are stored.
Last updated November 2013
This very website is owned and operated by the CCDC. In 2017 it was decided that a thourogh overhaul of the community site was required. In 2018, with some financial help from HIE, the new site was launched. Some areas of the site still require attention but the work is ongoing. Further improvements are planned to help keep the site up to date and as user friendly as possible.
Last updated August 2018
The croft project has it's very own page! Why not take a look?