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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.…

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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…

Construction Plans

Planning applications in South Lochaber (week-ending 22nd 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. 14/03127/FUL Demolition of existing buildings & erection of dwelling house Grianan, Ormsaigbeg, Kilchoan, Acharacle, PH36…

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UPDATE: Police Chairman responds to councillors concerns

UPDATE: The Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Sir Stephen House, has now responded to the Highland Council following the motion that was passed at our last meeting. You can read the response in full here. The debate about the permanent carrying of weapons by police officers in the Highlands continues. Following the decision by Highland…