Fort William Town Team minutes

Fort William Town Team, the group behind Fort William's entry into Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street, next to one of their planters in the High Street. F33 Town Team 02IF. Photo: Iain Ferguson, the Write Image.

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Fort William Town Team (FWTT) held a meeting on Monday May 13 at which the following matters were discussed.

Adopt a plot planting day, June 2 – The Rotary Club is kindly sponsoring the sundial again this year and will source its own plants and plant up in early June. FWTT agreed to arrange watering of the sundial plot in excessive hot weather if necessary.

Benches – James agreed to repaint the benches along with Alan and Gunther. We agreed for them to order paint from LBS and pass
the invoice to Karen.

War memorial – Judging for the 2019 should be soon so James agreed to deliver the troughs to Gardenstop to be planted up and brought on in their polytunnels. Karen to arrange when they need to be returned and find out when judging is taking place.

Cruise ships – The ship on June 9 will be the largest yet to visit Fort William. Sarah/James requested help from volunteers. It was still to be decided if entertainment would be provided for all the ships
or just some of them.

Retractable canopy – Sarah advised the appeal has been submitted and accepted. Owners and occupiers of the surrounding buildings had been contacted and there had been one email received stating objections to the canopy.

Hanging baskets – Approaching 90 baskets have been sponsored so far. The Cabin have collected the baskets ready to be refilled. Committee have agreed to purchase 25 new self-watering baskets. Cathy and Karen have completed an audit of where they can hang baskets in the High Street and Parade and highlighted areas where new brackets can be placed to allow for the most capacity. Karen to contact Highland Council and the Chamber of Commerce to liaise on where they can hang baskets and banners so there is no conflict as it is not possible to have hanging baskets and advertising banners on the same lamp post.

PA system – The committee had discussed and investigated purchasing a PA system but it has since been decided that the outlay was too much for something that may only be used one or twice a year. We’ve now agreed to either borrow or rent a system if we need one so there will be no further work on this.