Don’t forget it’s polling day

Today is polling day for the European Elections with polling stations open from 7am through to 10pm this evening. It might seem that this election has passed us by, here in Lochaber. I certainly haven’t seen any on the ground activity from any of the political parties, other than the normal election address delivered by…

New survey on impact of wind farms

Scottish Minister’s are still considering whether to give protection to areas of wild land as part of their review of planning laws. A final decision is expected soon. Over the last few months there has been plenty of debate about why it is so important to protect these wild land areas. At Highland Council we…

Can we get people living in Fort William town centre?

For a long time, I have thought we should be encouraging people back in to our town centres to live. Unfortunately, our high streets have changed over the last few decades and even an economic recovery will not see all the now vacant shops occupied. It makes good sense to convert some of these empty…

Protecting our wild land

For those of us who live in the Highlands, one of the greatest things we cherish is the stunning landscape that surrounds us. We know that visitors from across the world travel to Lochaber to experience this diverse landscape. Unlike many other countries, that special landscape and in particular the wildest places remain unprotected from…