Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry Community Council minutes

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Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry Community Council met on Tuesday February 5 at Kilmonivaig Church Hall. The following matters were discussed:

BEAR and Transport Scotland: The chairman reported significant success in securing improvements to the local trunk road system, with resurfacing planned  for the A82 south of Spean Bridge, and on the A82 at the Cattle Ranch both in March 2019.

The drainage issues on the hill to the north of Spean Bridge will be resolved in two phases, starting in March 2019 and ending in the next financial year as will the resurfacing on the A82 at Altrua seven miles north of Spean Bridge.
The long-awaited A86 Inverroy Safety Report is with Transport Scotland’s Strategic Road Safety team for review, and hopefully we will hear shortly about their findings.

The remaining night road closures during the work to replace rear track at Fort Augustus Swing Bridge are no longer required. The work was completed ahead of programme. The remaining works will be carried out during the day.

Report by Inspector Nick Hough of the Scottish Police Service: Inspector Hough said that following a review of community policing he had taken responsibility for our area. He spoke on road traffic and anti-social behaviour issues, and encouraged the community to report any concerns they had so local police could improve their intelligence gathering.

In answering questions about delays following serious accidents he explained that it is the investigation of the accident that was the time consuming portion not getting the police officers to the scene.

He was aware of road traffic infringements and they were trying to address them robustly but had scant resources. He did feel that Road Safety Speed Awareness Courses might be preferable and prove more effective to fines and penalties

Community Benefit: The chairman reported on the workshop that Liz and he attended in Inverness on January 16 on the Scottish Government’s Good Practice Principles on Shared Ownership and Community Benefit.

The review conducted by the steering group had proposed that community benefit should be set at £5,000 per MW, and that developers should be encouraged to embrace the wider community when assessing community benefit. It was agreed that we would seek funding to secure a community plan so that all residents are consulted on how any community benefit secured is spent to provide a lasting legacy for local communities.

Community Council Review: The chairman reported that following a Highland Council meeting the next stage of the community council review was available for discussion. The various proposals were discussed in detail, and it was agreed that we would support all of the proposals.

Minibus: The sub committee met with the Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry SCIO in an effort to secure funding to support the project.
As Care Lochaber had secured Highland Council funding for an additional year, and others could access the SSE Stronelairg Wind Farm Funding, it was felt there was no urgency to take a final decision on whether to accept Killiechonate Woodlands generous offer.

The chairman had been in correspondence with Mr Eppens, and a number of alternative options were being explored, and the sub committee would meet with him on his return to Spean Bridge later in the month.

Any Other Business: The chairman reported a number of complaints about missing mail both in and out of the area had been received, and it was agreed to write to Royal Mail seeking an explanation.

Locheilnet were seeking to expand their high-speed broadband service throughout the community council area, and any prospective clients should contact them directly via their website.

The next meeting will be held on March 5 in Kilmonivaig Church Hall at 7pm.