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.…

Planning applications in South Lochaber (week-ending 29th August 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. 14/03079/FUL – Glen Lurach, Brecklet Road, Ballachulish, PH49 4JG  Conversion of existing garage to Artist Studio…

Bland to the point of pointlessness?

Let’s not discuss anything that might prove controversial or be misconstrued ahead of the referendum. That seems to be the attitude of those councillors and officers that set the agenda for yesterday’s Lochaber Area Committee. Other than a few important items on local policing and grounds maintenance, most of the agenda was as bland as…

Planning applications in South Lochaber (week-ending 22nd August 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. 14/03127/FUL Demolition of existing buildings & erection of dwelling house Grianan, Ormsaigbeg, Kilchoan, Acharacle, PH36…

Planning applications in South Lochaber (11th July 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. 14/02567/FUL Erection of 40 bed student accommodation with ancillary services & storage Land 70M NE…

Welcome improvements on track for sleeper service

BBC News – Serco wins franchise for Caledonian sleeper train service. This announcement, along with the massive extra investment for the sleeper service, is fantastic news for the Highlands, and the Lochaber area in particular. Not only is the overnight service a vital component of the tourist economy,it is an important business link with London…

Restaurant review: Arisaig House, Lochaber – The Scotsman

      Restaurant review: Arisaig House, Lochaber – The Scotsman.   A great, positive review about one of our local restaurants in Lochaber from last weekend’s Scotsman. It sounds as though the owners are highlighting the best of our local produce, whether it is fish and seafood landed at Mallaig or top-class venison from…

Ardsliginish landslip update

  Many residents in the Glenborrodale and Kilchoan, as well as the local community council, have been asking for an update about the work Highland Council carried out at the landslip at Ardsliginish. Following my request Cameron Kemp, the Area Community Services Manager, briefed Lochaber councillors at their fortnightly ward business meeting this week. This…

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…