The Cludgie Project aims to install facilities for motorhomes and campervans in the carpark 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 the leisure centre.  Improvements to the carpark surface will also be included in project works.

Technicalities of the project works:

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 have now given conditional acceptance for sewer connection for the project.

Since the tendering period, the scope of the project has been reduced, with an aim to carry out the carpark resurfacing in tarmac and porous paving, greywater disposal facility and sewer works to be completed as a separate phase 2 in future.   The current phase of works is now begun, with Anderson Civils Engineering Ltd contracted and working on site.  These works will result in the installation of the below-ground motorhome foul waste disposal tank, fresh water top-up standpipe, and relaying of carpark surface in ‘type 1’ gravel material.

These works are expected to be completed by late November 2020.

This project is being funded by:

Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, LEADER, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Highland Council Ward Discretionary Fund, and Assynt Development Trust’s own resources.