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…

£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…

Planning applications in South Lochaber (week-ending 2nd October 2015)

These are the planning applications received by the Highland Council for the South Lochaber area this week. Please note no decisions have been made on these applications, their acceptance begins the period of consultation before planning officers make a recommendation. 15/03552/FUL Proposed alterations & extension (amendment to 15/00867/FUL) 10 Sutherland Avenue Upper Achintore Fort William…

Discover history at local archives

We’re fortunate to have an excellent archive centre, covering the Lochaber area, based in Fort William. They regularly publish fascinating items from the archive on their excellent Facebook page. Recent highlightsinclude letters from the Jacobite period and photographs from Kinlochleven, just after the smelter opened. During September, they are offering a chance to learn more about researching…

Meeting to save Glencoe compost site

The local compost sites in Glencoe and Kinlochleven, operated by Lochaber Environmental Group, are set to close because of changes in funding from Highland Council. Community councillors in Glencoe are organising a public meeting for those communities that make use of the popular site in the village. There are some suggestions on alternative funding for…

Planning applications in South Lochaber (week-ending 5th September 2014)

These are the planning applications received by the Highland Council for the South Lochaber area this week. Please note no decisions have been made on these applications, their acceptance begins the period of consultation before planning officers make a recommendation. 14/03100/AGR – Drimnatorran Farm House, Strontian, Acharacle, PH36 4JA  14/03101/AGR Erection of farm-related building 14/03186/FUL – Land…

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…