Community organisations help improve village outlook, visually and financially

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Two community groups are working on projects to benefit Ballachulish.

Nether Lochaber Community Council (NLCC) and Nether Lochaber Community Association are organising a community beach clean and barbecue at North Ballachulish, currently scheduled for April 23.

The groups are also jointly pursuing two longer term projects. The first is the creation of a picnic site and viewpoint at the Gleaner petrol station in North Ballachulish, working with Gleaner, SUSTRANS and, it is hoped, Lochaber Geopark.

They are also working on the aquisition of buildings and a small area of woodland, currently owned by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) at Inchree, as part of FCS’s ‘community asset transfer’ programme.

According to NLCC, this will create a chance to develop a visitor hub and communal space that generates a small income for the community and could host a variety of projects of benefit to residents and visitors.

Also, in response to concerns over the boundaries of the Special Area of Conservation covering hillsides above Cuilcheanna, Onich and North Ballachulish, including the Crofting Common Grazings of those townships, NLCC has asked Scottish National Heritage to arrange a public information day at Nether Lochaber Village Hall to clarify the exact location of the SAC boundaries and the implications for residents whose land holdings meet or cross those boundaries.