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More than 300 people living in the Lundavra area of Fort William have shared their views on what it is like to live in the area, with issues over employment, housing and community services causing most concern for residents.
However, Highland Council is still looking for more people to complete the comprehensive survey, which will be used as the basis for a local action plan to address areas requiring improvement to help tackle inequality.
The Fort William Community Action Group has invited residents and business in the catchment area for Lundavra Primary School to share their opinions on issues such as transport links, safety, environment, local employment and housing. Local businesses have also taken part in the survey, raising concerns over recruitment challenges.
Respondents have highlighted the good work of the Fort William Town Team in helping keep Fort William High Street and surrounding areas looking nice, the positive improvements that have taken place with the Cameron Square redevelopment and other areas and the increase in the variety of shops as well as the increase in housing development that has taken place in recent years.
The need for more and improved green spaces and play areas in the town and Upper Achintore was also highighted as a top priority for residents, while improvements to run down or empty shops and the rectification of ‘staining’ on reclad houses were also called for.
Some of the areas for improvement so far being highlighted include the need for a community centre and more local shops in Upper Fort William, parking problems, improvements to the back area of the High Street and the lack of businesses and industry able to offer year-round employment opportunities.
The survey is open until March 31 so there is still time to have your say. The survey can be completed online using a web link on the Highland Council website or paper copies can be found at the Highland Council Service Point and Fort William library.
The relevant catchment area for the survey includes Upper Achintore, Plantation, An Aird, Achintore Road, Seafield Gardens, Belford Road, Cameron Road, Alma Road, Victoria Road and the High Street.