Morar Community Council minutes

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Morar Community Council held its May meeting at Lady Lovat Primary School on Monday May 13. Te following matters were discussed:

Police report.

PC Hugo Martin reported that there had been no recent criminal incidents but he had received a number of complaints about parking and speeding in the village. There were specific concerns about speeding by Lady Lovat school. He reported that he had made an application for the use of a speed camera.

Stuart Griffin informed PC Martin that, following discussion at a previous meeting, we wished to order traffic cones to try to warn people off from parking at the blind spot on the top of the hill between Kinigarry and Tougal.

PC Martin agreed that while there were no legal powers to prevent people from parking there, it was an initiative worth trialling.

It was confirmed that the proposed traffic restrictions were coming into effect in Mallaig on May 14.

Bridge at Beasdale.

Network Rail is to improve the railway bridge at Beasdale and the possibility that the road is dualled and the traffic lights removed as part of the scheme has been raised.

On speaking to local residents, there did not seem to be a lot of support as no one reported having been inconvenienced by the traffic lights, except on the very rare occasion when they have failed. Most felt that the money could be better spent improving road surfaces.

However, councillors Allan Henderson and Denis Rixson put forward a coherent and compelling argument around potential additional income opportunities that could arise if larger vehicles than can presently were able to access Mallaig by road.

It was acknowledged that this would only be possible if there were road and bridge improvements at the bridge west of Glenfinnan but that Morar Community Council would support this initiative if it did bring economic benefits to the local community. Dave will write to Allan.

Community council scheme review 2018/2019.

Chairman Dave Newnham led a discussion on the review and, in conclusion, while on the whole we supported its recommendations, it was felt that an opportunity had been missed to better define the relationship between community councils, the Highland Council and the elected members and that it seemed to almost exclusively focus on the rules and regulations community councils were expected to function under. Dave agreed to respond on the council’s behalf.