Stagecoach proposals are cutting off South Lochaber

The petition urging Stagecoach to reconsider their proposals to axe the Sunday bus service between Fort William and Kinlochleven now has over 250 signatures. You can still sign it here. I have also lodged the following submission in response to the company’s consultation on timetable changes: Dear Sir As a Highland councillor, representing the South…

Save our Sunday bus service

  Stagecoach Highland has sneaked out proposed changes to bus timetables without highlighting that they have axed the Sunday service on bus route 44 between Fort William and Kinlochleven. They have failed to bring this to the attention of consultees such as the Highland Council or local councillors. The explanatory text on their consultation website…

Swedish houses set for timber repair

Two year’s ago I raised the council’s failure to maintain the external cladding on their “Swedish Houses” across Lochaber. I am pleased to report that the council listened to my concerns and undertook a survey of the houses. This revealed that up to 10% of the external cladding boards require replacing, along with some porch…

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

There was a large turnout of village residents for the public meeting explaining what efforts the council is undertaking to house Syrian refugee families, fleeing the conflict in their home country, as part of a British Government scheme. As there is spare housing in the village – flats repeatedly refused by other people on the…

Green light for earlier gritting

We’ve been blessed with some good weather as we enter the autumn months, and unlike previous years the council’s winter maintenance teams haven’t needed to swing into serious action yet. Last year Lochaber councillors rejected the winter plans presented by officers, as inadequate and inconsistent with our area’s needs. That caused an enormous row with…

Reassurance sought on fire stations

When the national Police and Fire services were created by the Scottish Government, councillors lost any real ability to scrutinise the work of these services in their area. Whereas before councillors set priorities based on the needs of their local communities, these decisions are effectively now made at a national level. There are opportunities to…

Council leader challenged on city/region deal

This morning the Press and Journal contains an article with the headline “Inverness is in the money,” about the likely signing of the contract between Highland Council and both the British and Scottish Governments, that will see money allocated to the City/Region Deal released. This £315 million package has been applauded by senior councillors and…