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Lochalsh Community Council

Auchtertyre – Avernish – Balmacara – Kirkton – Reraig – Glaick


Meeting held on : Tuesday 10th Sepember 2019

Time : 7.30pm

Venue : Auchtertyre Old School

Present Tim Sowood (Chair), Lynne Crawford, Craig Cummings, Sarah Longley Adrienne Sowood, Biz Campbell (HC Cllr), Susan Pettie.

Apologies James Merryweather, Emma Bennett-West

Approval of previous minutes

Minutes approved – Proposed by Lynne , seconded by Craig

Matters arising

Approval of previous minutes

Minutes approved – Proposed by Lynne , seconded by Craig

Matters arising

Playpark surface and maintenance – Craig reported that it was surveyed again in August and the same faults were identified – holes in fence and surface and gate needing attention – no action yet. Biz has emailed the person i/c playparks with no reponse to date. She will follow up and let us have copies. Local parents are willing to help with a working party.

Reraig lay-by – Tim reminded the meeting that the newly laid surface of the islands are breaking up – he will write to BEAR

Auchtertyre Development – not yet dealt with by Planning. There appears to be a possible drainage issue. Biz pointed out that this area was identified on the local plan for housing and objections would have been better at that time. It was also noted that the objections were predominately on the disproportionate size of the development. With regard to the residents buy-out it was noted that the company had now been formed but could take no further action until planning issues were resolved.

Lochalsh Wide Consultation – the decision time on the application to the Scottish Govenrments “Investing in Communities fund” for a Community Engagement Officer has been extended due to the number of applications. Next meeting 18/9 they should know .

Police Matters – the police didn’t attend

CC Elections

Tim went through the timetable for for nominations and election (if necessary) – see Below

Tim will put information and advice on the website, Craig will do the same on facebook and we will put posters in prominent places and distribute leaflets via various outlets. Note the website is lochalsh.org.uk

Please ensure that you get your nomination in good time – closing date 12 noon 8th October

A87 On-going issues

Sarah reported that further appeals and letters had been sent to Kate Forbes, Iain Blackford and HC Chief Exec. On a positive note she told us that Iain Blackford had arranged for a possible independent traffic survey of the A87 at Kirkton. This will be done by Dave Tighe of Highgate Transportation commissioned and funded by the Safer Roads Foundation. Sarah is now in contact with them and is sending them all the information we have gathered and they have said as well as carrying out the suvey they will meet us to discuss our concerns.

Bus Shelter - On another positive note it appears the bus shelter is now to be relocated NOT on the other side of the road BUT 30 metres down the layby towards Reraig where it will be safe!!


Craig reported that we have our HC grant of £384.11. The balance is £2493.41. Insurance is £86, website £7.50 and the barrel planting £195. He told us that with our expenses and current grant level in time this would be unsustainable in a few years.


Auchtertyre 17.01301 – 6 houses behind the village (PIP passed) has now been resubmitted with only 5 houses for PIP 19.03659

Balmacara Square air source heat pumps to 7 NTS properties – retrospective.

Avernish Croft 9 - resubmission PIP 19.03484 house

Avernish 19.030217 PIP House.

Correspondence (not covered elsewhere)

Community Transport Grants – circulated earlier 2/9.

Stromeferry By-pass – information re impending nightime closures -circulated earlier 2/9.

CC review -circulated earlier 2/9.

Glaick to Balmacara Square – notice of road closure 3/10 for 7 days.


State of Council roads – there was discussion regarding the poor condition and maintenance of the side roads in our area. Biz reported that there there was a massive shortfall in Highland Council budget to even maintain the status quo but there is a possibiity of funding some work out of the”Climate Change Budget”.

Aird Ferry Dornie – Biz raised the current concerns re the fact that NHS Highland have closed Aird Ferry in Dornie for three months with no consultation. It is considered vital for the community that this facility remains open. There is to be a public meeting at Dornie Hall on 19th September.

Biz informed us that Susan Galloway was seeking funding for out of school activities for Plockton HS. We suggested possible funding sources that Biz could advise Susan to approach including the castle, MOWI, EE, Cluanie Inn.

Susan brought our attention to the speed of traffic through the Square outside her house and thought it may be having an effect on subsidence particularly as it has been widened to facilitate the entrance to the Dairy site. She is going to pursue this.

Adrienne reported the concerns of residents in Avernish about the speed of traffic particularly with all the new development down there and subsequent state of the roads.

Date of next meeting

Tuesday 8th October 2019 at 7.30pm Auchtertyre Community Centre.

ElectionTimetable  (NB Since reporting this timetable it has changed - notably nomination date now 29th October - other new dates - see nomination pack)

Monday 23 September Publication of Notice of Election.

Tuesday 24 September Earliest date for receipt of Nomination Papers.

Tuesday 8 October Latest date for lodging Nomination Papers–papers must be received by 12noon.

Wednesday 9 October Publication by 12noon on THC website of list of nominations and notices of: contested election; uncontested election and CC not formed.

Friday 11 October Latest date for withdrawal of Nomination Papers–notification in writing must be given by 12noon.At the close of the withdrawal period, should the number of candidates validly nominated equal or exceed HALF, but be less than or equal to the total maximum permitted membership, the said candidates will be declared elected from this date and no ballot shall be held.

Monday 14 October –Friday 25 October School Holidays

Tuesday 29 October Post out of ballot papers, where election is contested.

Tuesday 19 November Existing Community Councils that were contested to be dissolved at 11.59pm.

Wednesday 20 November ELECTION DAY-postal ballot papers must be received by 12 noon.

Thursday / Friday 21& 22 November Counting of the Votes, if the number of elections permits the counts to be held over 2 days.

By Friday 13 December Notification issued regarding the calling of the first meetings of the new Community Councils.

*Further dates to be confirmed for any Community Council’s that fail to form.

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