As with many things, there are often other underlying issues about all these matters, but why are many Uisteach thinking fondly of the old estate owners, compared to what they see today? Why are so many telling me that they cannot raise their heads above the parapet for fear of real or perceived retribution?
Isle of South Uist
9th August 2010
Thank you for your letter dated 6th August 2010. There are issues regarding the letter which concern me greatly. These are namely;
- You hand delivered a copy of the letter to me at my house in Bornish on the evening of Friday 6th August.
- On Saturday 7th August, I was informed that a copy of the letter had been issued to all the members of SnBM.
- A copy of the letter was sent by recorded delivery on Saturday 7th August.
- My permission was not sought before this commercially sensitive letter was made public, although you had the opportunity to do so, when hand delivering it. You also have my mobile number, telephone number & email address. Who authorised this to be done?
- The Directors of the estate were not consulted before the letter was made public.
- The Directors of the estate were not given a copy of the letter before it was made public.
- To date, no other matter of a commercially sensitivity nature has been made available to all members simultaneously. Who authorised this change in procedure?
- At our meeting on Thursday 5th August, you (Huw) were quite clear on the following;
- Community Members are members of SnBM.
- The Directors are accountable to the members on SnBM matters
- The members are not members of South Uist Estates.
- SnBM and South Uist Estates are two separate organisations.
- SnBM holds all the shares in South Uist Estates.
- The Directors are not accountable to members regarding South Uist Estate matters.
The above meant that when I asked you about what leases have been granted by the Directors of South Uist Estates and what standard securities over assets have been granted by Directors. (This was in order to compare commercial terms with my own proposals). You replied that the Directors of South Uist Estate are not answerable to the membership for their actions, because they are members of SnBM and you are a member of SnBM.
- All estate dealings of a commercially sensitive nature must now be dealt with in the same manner, past & present. I look forward to viewing all the information on all leases, bank loans obtained by the estate, all standard securities granted by the estate and all commercial contracts entered into by the estate, being sent to all the members, in the same manner as you dealt with my commercially sensitive proposal.
- You seem to have forgotten that I am effectively an ‘inward investor’ to the economy in Uist. Simply because I live locally should not mean that you are free to treat me in this shabby and unprofessional manner.
The way in which this matter is being handled by the estate serves to underline the unprofessional approach, which we have come to expect. If you fail to understand the most basic concept of ‘commercial sensitivity’ then all your dealings must be in constant jeopardy.
It is clear that you personally failed to apply for the grid connection on behalf of your employer and are trying every method to cover up this failure. My development will not be put at risk simply because you were incompetent.
I insist that this letter should be posted onto the Storas’ website by Tuesday 10th August 2010.
I made you an offer on 17th February 2010 and I have yet to receive a reply. It is noticeable that the Chairman has chosen not to attend any meetings with me to date.
I urge Angus to attend the forthcoming meeting on Wednesday 11th August 2010 at 11.00am, which we agreed on last Thursday.
Considering that the estate is being offered £150million, in return for very little, you have an unusual approach to dealing with the whole issue. Your actions to date do not appear to have been in the best interests of your employer or the estate, to secure the deal which will ensure the estate’s future.
I await your reply by 9.00pm tomorrow.