Ullapool Community Trust successfully completed several projects targeted at carbon reduction during the Powerdown project. This included installing solar panels on the roof of the community owned swimming pool to provide additional hot water, and the replacement of inefficient windows and doors in several community owned buildings to improve energy efficiency.
Since the completion of the Powerdown project the Trust is now broadening its horizons and will identify and develop projects which will improve social, economic and environmental aspects of the community. This means that the Trust will be involve in a wide range of activities from housing and transport to energy issues and social activities. The Trust identifies the most pressing needs in the community through a variety of means including discussions with community organisations, public meetings and events and community consultations. A community survey commissioned by HIE and the carried out by the Trust was recently published which identified the concerns of the community and the popularity of various projects amongst other findings. The findings from this and other sources will be used to develop a community growth plan which will be completed by November 2011.
Minutes of meetings and details of events are published in the local newspaper the Ullapool News as well as on the Trusts on website. The website also contains other information including a link to the recent community survey. The Trust has an office in the Harbour Buildings in Ullapool where the public are able to contact the Community Development Officer.