13535581_m

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…

Scottish independence referendum

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…

9740823319_2bcf04a6fb_z

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.…

Construction Plans

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…

Police Line

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.…

Old_Glencoe_road_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1121337

Road safety on agenda in Glencoe

Road safety issues were under discussion at last night’s community council meeting in Glencoe as we discussed the latest completed section of the orbital path around the village. The new section takes walkers and cyclists off the single track Clachaig Road, this is especially important along the section between the campsite and hostels to the…

Highland Council Chamber

Bland to the point of pointlessness?

Let’s not discuss anything that might prove controversial or be misconstrued ahead of the referendum. That seems to be the attitude of those councillors and officers that set the agenda for yesterday’s Lochaber Area Committee. Other than a few important items on local policing and grounds maintenance, most of the agenda was as bland as…