Shhh… don’t mention the referendum

We are now in to the pre-Referendum period, and senior council officers are going over-board in reminding councillors and staff of the pitfalls of falling foul of the Referendum Act. This is rightly intended to prevent the abuse of council resources for political purposes. Yet, if you give a bureaucrat a set of rules they…

European Election results from the Highlands

There were 65,307 votes cast in Highland in the five-yearly European Parliamentary Elections, a turnout of 36.3%. This included 20,204 postal votes. These votes, counted on Sunday at the Highland Football Academy, Jubilee Park Road, Dingwall, were relayed to Scotland’s Regional Returning Officer, who collates the results from 32 local areas in Scotland and determines…

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…

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…