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THIS WEBLOG page will allow you to follow the progress of saving Castle Cluggy. We like to keep things fresh, so here is what has been going on recently.

09 April 2021ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DEATH OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

IT IS with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.   

06 April 2021RESCUE BID BEGINS FOR RUINED CASTLE

THE PERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER, the Strathearn Herald's sister newspaper, today featured an artcicle entitled: "Rescue bid begins for ruined fortified Perthshire castle - with plans at Perth and Kinross Council, a charity is sharing its ambitious ideas to see little-known Castle Cluggy restored".

01 April 2021CASTLE CLUGGY RESCUE MISSION BEGINS

THE STRATHEARN HERALD, Strathearn's longest-running and most loved newspaper [established 1856], today featured a centre spread story on pages 14-15 entitled: "Castle Cluggy rescue mission begins". 

31 March 2021BOOKS AND CARDS PLAY PART IN CONSERVATION

A NEW BOOK charting the history of Castle Cluggy has been published. Limited to 50 copies worldwide, The History of Castle Cluggy - ancestral seat of the Murrays of Ochtertyre has been researched and written by the Head Trustee, with a foreword by the Lord-Lieutenant for Perth and Kinross, and is available to purchase in soft copy direct from the author for only £9.99 plus postage. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be going to the charity to provide vital funds to save the castle. 100 pages and lavishly illustrated throughout, this book gives a fascinating insight into the castle's development and would make a unique and one-of-a-kind gift.

WE HAVE PRODUCED a unique Christmas card featuring a wintry scene of Castle Cluggy. The cards are on sale now to help raise funds for the Castle Cluggy Charitable Trust. The photograph was created by Strathearn Snapshots based at Ochtertyre. The proceeds from each pack sold will help raise vital funds to enable the charity to restore and preserve Castle Cluggy for future generations. These are limited in supply so people should make sure they buy them early. Greeting inside: Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Pack of 10 cards and envelopes. One design per pack. £5.99 plus postage. 

29 March 2021APPLICATION FOR LISTED BUILDING CONSENT

THE PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING CONSENT AND CONSERVATION AREA CONSENT PROCEDURE) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2015

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that application has been made to PERTH AND KINROSS COUNCIL as Planning Authority for: Alterations at Castle Cluggy, Loch Monzievaird, Ochtertyre, Crieff. Application Reference 21/00287/LBC. Details and plans submitted may be inspected online at www.pkc.gov.uk using the Planning application reference as above. Internet access may be available for viewing applications at local libraries. In the case of any special circumstances please contact 01738 475000 for further assistance.

Any person wishing to make representations about the application should do so in writing by emailing Developmentmanagement@pkc.gov.uk or by writing to the address as above within 21 days of the date of the publication of this notice.

The date of publication of this Notice is 29th March 2021.

David Littlejohn - Head of Planning & Development

APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION

AN APPLICATION for planning permission  has been made to PERTH AND KINROSS COUNCIL as Planning Authority for: Alterations to ruinous building, formation of viewing platform and landscaping, alterations and extension to path, installation of railings and associated works at Castle Cluggy, Loch Monzievaird, Ochtertyre, Crieff. Application Reference No: 21/00426/FLL. Received: Wednesday 17th March 2021. Validated: Wednesday 17th March 2021. Status: Awaiting decision.

16 March 2021SCOTLAND LOCKDOWN

SCOTLAND'S FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has announced ‘stay at home’ order will be lifted on Friday 2nd April and replaced with “stay local” guidance, as she unveiled a roadmap out of lockdown. In a statement to the Scottish parliament, she said the government also intends to reopen the hospitality sector outdoors for groups of six from Monday 26th April - alongside a 10:00 p.m. curfew - dependent on progress, including the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, but insisted: “Brighter days are indeed ahead of us.”

10 March 2021FEASIBILITY COSTS

TRUSTEES have received the report on the feasibilty costs for the conservation and landscape works at Castle Cluggy. The quantity surveyor has identified the landscape costs separate from the castle consolidation for clarity. Once trustees have had a chance to review the report, we will be discussing with the quantity surveyor and the architect details of the cost and the way forward.

28 February 2021GLENTURRET WHISKY

WE HAVE BEEN patiently waiting to approve The Glenturret Distillery's label design for our exclusive new 'Castle Cluggy' limited edition single malt Scotch whisky which was waiting to be launched before the global pandemic struck. The Glenturret team has been through a very tough period recently and all focus has been on the well-being of staff and customers, but they have managed to produce a limited edition bottlling with a generous donation from the proceeds going to the charity and we will have a revised timeline soon.

19 February 2021PLANNING APPLICATION DRAWINGS

AN APPLICATION for Listed Building Consent has been submitted today alongside the drawings from Brindley Associates, the tree survey report, and the ecology report.

08 February 2021LANDSCAPE DESIGN

BRINDLEY ASSOCIATES' Landscape Design Project Manager/Senior Landscape Architect undertook a site visit and Brindley's have prepared the landscape design package. There is a lot of understorey [layer of vegetation] -  rhododendrons - at the existing path, which will need to be cleared to facilitate access and to create some clear views towards the Castle, but some will be maintained (although heavily cut back) to maintain stabilisation of some of the sloped areas – to the south and east – more a case of creating some clearings rather than complete removal of it all. The landscape design proposals and associated construction details for the site have been issued to trustees for comment: Detailed planting plan; hard landscape proposals plan; associated construction details; and planting notes and landscape maintenance and management Plan. The soft landscape palette has been kept simple with a large content of evergreen species. Much of the hard landscape again has been kept simple and can be sourced ‘off the shelf’.

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