Glenfinnan Community Council holds November meeting

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Glenfinnan Community Council held its November meeting recently in the National Trust Centre.

Present were Fiona Gibson, Ingrid Henderson, Jenny Thomson, Councillor Denis Rixson, Lewis Gibson, Stephen Carruthers and five residents.

Matters arising included latest news of the community facility – Marine Harvest Hut. The application for change of use has been submitted to Highland Council. The next steering group meeting is on Tuesday December 4 at 7.30pm at Torr Oran (Sandy’s house). Under discussion will be the transfer of funds earmarked for the facility projects.

Roads issues: Various issues outstanding. Councillor Rixson stated that the Ranachan road resurfacing dates have been changed. New dates will be posted online.

Tourist Parking: £269,906 has been awarded from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund and an official letter from Leader for match funding of £115,674 is still awaited. Following a meeting with Bidwells there are still some issues to iron out and extra costs presenting themselves in the car park design. A planning condition to create a new, safe crossing over the A830 at the car park bell mouth was discussed. All agreed that linking into the current crossing at the NTS was a better solution and Emily Bryce (NTS) is happy to include this in discussions with Transport Scotland. Bidwells is to be asked to contact Transport Scotland regarding changing this planning stipulation. Other funding options to be explored.

Speed Limit: No information from Transport Scotland. Kate Forbes MSP is to follow up.

The fireworks display raised £1,130.10 in donations and £197.74 was donated from Kitty MacDonald’s funeral for community facility plans.

Police update: Operation Cedar, focusing on traffic matters, ran from November 12 – 18. There were four incidents reported in the area – three road-traffic and one for poaching. Three officers were deployed for the fireworks night. It was suggested that better lighting for the car park and the field entrances would be beneficial. All agreed.

Halloween: Thanks to all who helped at another successful children’s party and thanks to Glenfinnan House.

War Memorial: Thank you to the Highland Council programme for sprucing up the memorial and thanks to all who turned out for the Remembrance Service on Sunday November 11.

Public Entertainment Licence: The Games Committee has still to meet to agree the council’s proposed donation of £100 towards the cost.

Bus Stop: The condition of the upper village bus stop and road signage in the village was discussed. Rather than wait for the authorities it was thought this could be included in the village tidy. Sandy is willing to clean the bus stop and various residents will clean the road signs.

Station Road Phone Box: John Barnes asked about its status. Denis Rixon said he would enquire with Highland Council.

Fireworks: Thanks to all who supported the event and to Glenfinnan Estate for the use of the Games Field. Improvements for next year were discussed including rubbish bins, parking attendants and counters.

Christmas Village Gathering: Due to lack of venue and other commitments this will not happen this year.

NTS: Emily Bryce (NTS) who oversees Glenfinnan and Glencoe gave an update. NTS is planning improvements to their car park – expanding spaces and better signage to make it safer. Winter opening is daily from 10am-4pm with a few days’ closure over Christmas and New Year.

Viaduct Trail: John Barnes updated on planned improvements to happen once funding is in place. Scotrail are making moves to improve the rail service.

Loch Shiel Festival: 2018 saw the biggest attendance and brought in the biggest revenue to date. 2019 will be somewhat reduced to three events due to volunteers’ time availability.

Burns’ Supper: This will be held on Friday January 25 at the National Trust Centre.

Events: A litter pick will take place on Saturday December 1, 11am. Meet at Slatach/ Glen road end.

Glenfinnan Community Council’s next meeting will take place on Monday December 17, 8pm, National Trust Centre, Glenfinnan.