Morar Community Council minutes

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Morar Community Council (MCC) held a meeting on October 1 at Lady Lovat Primary School. The following matters were discussed.

Rhubana estate

Andy Barker of Rhubana Estate had looked at the possibility of implementing a package of measures to address some of the seasonal pressures previously discussed at length. However, Alex Way reported that he believed that the biggest single problem was a reluctance on the part of the police to enforce the law in relation to parking and the behaviour of some visitors to the area. He provided a list of offences that he felt were being committed relatively frequently some of which he had seen and reported but he felt the local police were reluctant to deal with them.
Dave suggested we meet with the police (including senior officers) about these issues. Denis suggested a joint meeting with Mallaig and Arisaig Community Councils, local land owners and their representatives. To discuss and organise with our local officers at the next meeting. Deirdre to try and ensure their attendance at November’s meeting.

Planning and licensing

There were letters of complaint from Elizabeth Lanyon (Mallaig) and also eight other Mallaig residents and one from Morar regarding the planning application for the proposed toilet block and waste disposal at the south end of West Bay carpark in Mallaig. As this is outside our planning remit the secretary will pass the letters on to Mallaig Community Council and write to the correspondents to inform them of this action.
The chair has written to Susan MacMillan of the Planning Department to express our concern about the number of building developments at Glenancross and the collective pressure they will be putting on sewage and other services. According to Andy from Rhubana Estate, SEPA have also expressed concerns.

Correspondence

The chair has written to Marie Law at NHS Highland on behalf of the three local community councils, expressing our concern about the fragility of our local GP service. This was acknowledged but he has yet to receive the reassurances we have asked for in relation to contingency planning and the management of potential risks associated with having a sole GP covering such a large complex and diverse population. Dave has since chased progress but has not received a response. He has kept Dr Gartshore informed.

Bracara core path to Tarbet

There are concerns that the path and in particular the bridges are unsafe but no one seems to accept accountability for its maintenance. Highland Council (HC) say it is an adopted road and is not their responsibility for maintenance, despite MCC previously believing it to be a core path. Secretary will contact Donald Kennedy (HC access officer) and Nevis Estate and encourage them to resolve the maintenance and accountability issues between them, suggesting that if the bridges aren’t repaired, they are removed.

David Devine has yet to respond to many of the issues we raised with him last year when he attended our meeting. This includes a proposal re: improved safety and visibility at the junction of the old and new road and the steps down to the main road from the Morar Hotel. Allan has a meeting with him and agreed to chase progress.

Dave informed the meeting that he has resigned his seat on Morar Community Trust.

The next meeting of MCC is Monday November 5 at 7.30pm.