Call for BT to resolve service problems

Many residents from rural parts of my ward have contacted me about continuous problems with British Telecom; both normal telephone and broadband provision. Many of these complaints have been forwarded, via local MSP’s to senior executives within British Telecom. However, residents across Lochaber remain concerned that these problems are not being properly addressed. Today, I…

New community councils on the way

All the nominations are in for a new set of community councillors across the Highlands. This tireless army of volunteers represents residents across our towns and villages, providing a strong voice for local community interests. Most meet on a monthly basis to discuss a wide range of issues affecting their neighbourhood, including planning issues and…

Welcome for lower speed limit through Nether Lochaber

Transport Scotland headquarters sent out a lot of confusing messages over the last few months, following their review of speed limits along the A82. First of all, they recommended reducing the limit to 50mph from the Ballachulish Bridge roundabout through to the Onich Hotel. Then they decided their traffic data didn’t support this reduction, so…

Questions asked about crime scene response times

Unfortunately, there’s been a spate of house burglaries or break-ins in the South Lochaber area in the past few weeks. Whilst local police officers have attended quickly, residents expressed concern about a delay in getting forensic officers to examine the crime scene. Upon investigating, Fort William based Inspector Donald Campbell explained to me that since…

Planning applications in South Lochaber (week-ending 2nd October 2015)

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. 15/03552/FUL Proposed alterations & extension (amendment to 15/00867/FUL) 10 Sutherland Avenue Upper Achintore Fort William…

Discover history at local archives

We’re fortunate to have an excellent archive centre, covering the Lochaber area, based in Fort William. They regularly publish fascinating items from the archive on their excellent Facebook page. Recent highlightsinclude letters from the Jacobite period and photographs from Kinlochleven, just after the smelter opened. During September, they are offering a chance to learn more about researching…

Jetpatcher set to tackle local potholes

The winter weather over the last two years, has had an enormous impact on the road surface along the B863 between North Ballachulish – Kinlochleven – Glencoe. Some limited repairs were undertaken last summer, but I continue to push for more substantial work. Lots of new potholes have appeared over the last few months that…