Fort William Community Council minutes

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Fort William Community Council (FWCC) held a meeting on Tuesday July 16 at An Drochaid, Claggan. The following matters were discussed:

Lochaber Housing Association

Alex Farquhar (AF) advised that he is attending more board meetings than usual as extra business recently with the joint working arrangement on upper Achintore Housing development and other developments in the outer Fort William area. LHA Summer ’19 newsletter circulated.

Partnership of Fort William and Area Community Council

No recent meetings. Patricia Jordan (PJ) to contact to discuss a future meeting and confirm the date for the HC2040 public event with Scott Dalgarno.

Inverlochy and Torluny Community Council (ITCC) and FWCC joint meeting

FWCC has extended an invitation to ITCC to attend the August meeting. Like many community councils FWCC is not attracting new members. It needs to raise awareness, promote the work of CCs to encourage new membership. The meeting will discuss how to progress into 2020 and gain interest ahead of the community council elections in November.

Town Centre Fund

Allocation for the Lochaber Committee area, which includes Corpach, Banavie, Caol, and Fort William, is £198,967. PJ to contact Dot Ferguson for date of next meeting and request attendance of two FWCC members.

AOCB

The chairman invited Mark Drayton to speak. Mark advised that the Plantation Residents Association is no longer active and he has been trying unsuccessfully to take on responsibility for and paint the outside of the Community Hall to make it look more attractive to young people to use again as a meeting or activity place. Without representation he has been unsuccessful. He has recently contacted MSP Kate Forbes who suggested that FWCC write to her supporting his aims.  Highlife Highland is the present owner. It was agreed by all to support Mark by writing to the Chief Executive of Highlife Highland and Kate Forbes requesting advice on the way forward.

The West Highland Community Rail Partnership invitation to FWCC to join them in the 125th anniversary celebrations of the railway’s arrival in Fort William. PJ requires responding to WHCRP with names and numbers.

Neil Clark advised that the car park meters placed in the town car parks display incorrect information on their location. Councillor Andrew Baxter to check this out.

Elizabeth Louden showed a picture of a drain in Fassifern Road outside the 3 Wise Monkeys Climbing Wall which had grass and twigs growing out of it. The drains along Union Road down into Gordon Square are mostly all blocked.

The next meeting of the FWCC is on Tuesday August 20.