More info needed when Corran Ferry disrupted

Whenever there is disruption to the Corran Ferry, because of bad weather or an accident nearby on the A82, Lochaber residents inevitably turn to the council for information. After the last major disruption, I asked for a review of how the council communicates service information, because of complaints from local communities. That review is ongoing,…

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…

When’s our ferry meeting with minister?

The debate about the inflation-busting fare increases faced by passengers continues this week with another report to the transport committee, recommending that any new fare proposals are put on hold until the autumn. Yet all this seems to avoid the real debate about the long-term future of the Corran Ferry; whether it is really viable…

Behind the scenes – Surprising honesty

This full council meeting looked to be fairly straightforward, perhaps even mundane. With what looked like a very light agenda, many councillors were questioning why no business was coming to councillors for decision; with a suspicion that everything was on hold until after the Independence Referendum. That suggestion, made by Councillor Carolyn Wilson, the Leader…

Are rural areas under attack?

The Editor of the De tha Dol? asked me to provide an update, for this month’s edition,  about a variety of issues affecting the peninsula communities, It seems as though the rural areas in the West Highlands are facing many challenges, when it comes to the provision of vital public services. These are my thoughts on…

Make your voice heard on Corran Ferry

The Highland Council has started the long awaited social and economic impact study, to investigate the effect of eye-watering fare increases over the last twelve months. This is the study I requested at a Transport Committee, in March this year, when the changes to the fare structure was proposed. Sam MacNaughton, the officer responsible for…

Corran Ferry Fares – Urgent Action Needed

On Thursday, councillors will discuss the final proposals for an inflation-busting increase of fares on the Corran Ferry. Although, it’s an improvement on the crazy proposals produced earlier this year, in reality it heavily penalises anyone who travels on the ferry on a regular basis. Those buying the book of 30-discounted tickets will be paying…