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Your right to know about your car before purchase

Highland Council’s Trading Standards team are some of the unsung heroes of the council. Officers from trading standards have been at the forefront in highlighting the unfair postal charges levied by many companies on deliveries to the Highlands. Their direct action has persuaded some companies to be more open about their charges or to remove…

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Persistence pays off for Corran Ferry refit

  Previously, the annual refit of the Corran Ferry has always coincided with the popular Mull Rally during the October half-term holidays. This has led to traffic-congestion and delayed crossings as the smaller reserve vessel, the Maid of Glencoul, is brought in to operation. Yet, whenever asked about moving the annual refit, council officers always…

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Shhh… don’t mention the referendum

We are now in to the pre-Referendum period, and senior council officers are going over-board in reminding councillors and staff of the pitfalls of falling foul of the Referendum Act. This is rightly intended to prevent the abuse of council resources for political purposes. Yet, if you give a bureaucrat a set of rules they…

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Offenders set to work on knotty problem

Councillors are providing funding to start eradicating Japanese Knotweed along the banks of Loch Linnhe, as you approach Fort William. The project is being run by the Lochaber Fisheries Trust, and will train offenders serving Community Payback Orders to tackle the highly invasive plant that can cause significant damage to roads, building and native wildlife.…

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Planning applications in South Lochaber (week-ending 29th August 2014)

These are the planning applications received by the Highland Council for the South Lochaber area this week. Please note no decisions have been made on these applications, their acceptance begins the period of consultation before planning officers make a recommendation. 14/03079/FUL – Glen Lurach, Brecklet Road, Ballachulish, PH49 4JG  Conversion of existing garage to Artist Studio…

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Top cop gets policing grilling

The police commander, Chief Inspector Colin Gough, responsible for local policing in Lochaber faced questions from councillors at the area committee this week. My concerns about police numbers in the area, the failing of the non-emergency 101 number and the frequent closure of the counter at Fort William police station have all been previously reported.…