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…

Tesco confirm no new store for Fort WIlliam

View image | gettyimages.com At long last Tesco has confirmed what Lochaber residents have suspected for a long time. They will not be building the long promised store within the Blar Mor development in Fort William. No one will be surprised by this decision, but they will be angered that it has taken the company…

Local stormy weather update

With more stormy weather, including heavy rain on the way, Lochaber has already taken a fair battering, with several incidents across the area. There has been a landslip near Corryhurachan, south of Fort William, which has resulted in the A82 being closed. The Highland Council teams are already busy monitoring the situation and dealing with…

Offenders set to work on knotty problem

Councillors are providing funding to start eradicating Japanese Knotweed along the banks of Loch Linnhe, as you approach Fort William. The project is being run by the Lochaber Fisheries Trust, and will train offenders serving Community Payback Orders to tackle the highly invasive plant that can cause significant damage to roads, building and native wildlife.…

Nevis Partnership looks for new programme manager

The Nevis Partnership is looking to recruit a new Programme Manager to implement their exciting Landscape Conservation Action Plan over the next five years. This follows a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which saw the partnership awarded £1.85 million to help fund 18 separate projects in the Glen Nevis area. You can find…

Making more of the West Highland Line

Campaigners behind plans to create better links between the community and local railway are holding a drop-in information session, followed by a public meeting to discuss the plans later this month. They want to see a Community Rail Partnership for Lochaber set up, which would be the driving force for changes along the railway line…

Bridge work planned for Road to the Isles

Residents from the Acharacle, Arisaig and Mallaig areas are likely to be affected by road works on the A830, announced by BEAR Scotland today, which will see the replacement of the bridge over the Allt Dearg watercourse.  The bridge is located between Glenfinnan and Ranochan approximately 4 miles west of Glenfinnan; to see the exact…

No further forward with town link road

A significant pinch point on the A82 trunk road between Glasgow and Inverness is the section from Fort William’s West End roundabout through to the Lochybridge roundabout. Assuming the development around the planned Tesco at Blar Mhor goes ahead, this is likely to increase as people are tempted to the north side of town for…

Latest plan for North Roads shops revealed

The development company behind plans for a retail park on North Road in Fort William were in town this weekend to reveal their latest proposals to open new stores on the brownfield site alongside the A82.  Morbaine Ltd announced, at a public exhibition in the Nevis Centre, that supermarket-chain Aldi and discount store Home Bargains,…

Greenfingers helping people grow at Claggan Park

As I walked through the greenhouse door, I was confronted by the unmistakable heady aroma of hyacinth. That was the first thing that hit me as I visited the Greenfingers Project in Fort William. The next was the enthusiasm of Sheila Sen, the driving force behind the team of volunteers, who, three mornings a week,…