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,…

E-newsletter – Issue 2

In my latest E-newsletter, there’s information about a chance for communities to grab a share of £30,000, as councillors set aside part of their ward discretionary budget for residents to decide how it should be spent. There’s an update on work being done to improve information for motorists and peninsula communities when there is significant…

Call to scrap new office artwork

Last week, work started on the renovation of the derelict Fort William Secondary School building at the West End entrance to the town. The work will see the building transformed over the next year into a new council headquarters. Transferring council staff from numerous town centre buildings to this new centre, will enable the council…

Call for resident’s association in Claggan

If you live in the Claggan area, there’s an opportunity to be part of a new Resident’s Association aimed at providing a stronger voice on local issues, putting on community events and enabling the community to apply for lottery funds for local projects. There’s a public meeting on Thursday 30th June in the offices of…

£30,000 up for grabs in public vote

£30,000 is up for grabs in a new participatory budgeting fund launched by Lochaber councillors this week. Instead of only councillors deciding how their ward discretionary budget is spent, we’ve set aside this substantial proportion for local residents to decide during a public vote in September. This follows a successful pilot last year when young…

BEAR Scotland listen to local opinion on road closure

You would think, after previous public outcries about short-notice overnight road closures on the A82 that BEAR Scotland would be particularly attuned to local opinion by now. How wrong! Instead they come up with a plan for overnight closures on the A82 through Glencoe in the week running up to the Pre-65 Trials and the Six Day Trials.…

Changes to local ward discretionary fund

Many people will know about the ward discretionary fund, a pot of money given to ward councillors that local groups and organisations can apply to for financial assistance. Every year we assist a wide range of local projects, from local events to village maintenance schemes. This year we have decided to change how we operate…

Slate building skills in Ballachulish

Anyone driving along the A82 between Glencoe and Ballachulish at the moment would have noticed all the scaffolding up around the slate arch just before the turn-off into Blalchulish village. It’s part of a £277,000 restoration project with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Highland Council and Historic Environment Scotland (formerly Historic Scotland). The…

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…

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…