Glenfinnan Community Council holds October meeting

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Glenfinnan Community Council held is October meeting virtually at the beginning of the month.

Matters arising include an update from the SCIO on work on the new community car park. Despite recent flooding, work remains on track for completion by the end of October.

Emily Bryce, manager of the local National Trust for Scotland visitor centre and site, gave an update on plans for the new pedestrian crossing. Ms Bryce reported that the legal agreements are sorted. The money has to be spent in this financial year, but work is anticipated to commence between December and March. – March ’21. It is understood the pedestrian crossing will be positioned midway between the entrances to the two car parks. It will be a button- controlled crossing with a timer. There will be street lighting at the crossing.

Related to this, Alistair Gibson raised an objection to the wording in September
2020’s minutes that implied Glenfinnan Estate was holding up the proceedings
and asked for the minutes to be amended. Apologies were made to the estate for any
inaccuracies.

Deer Report- Only one stag has been sighted recently in the village.

Police report- There were 12 reports comprising two cause for concerns, two road traffic collisions, two speeding/dangerous driving cases, four parking issues, one case of vandalism and one complaint of a speedboat on the loch.

Parking- Emily Bryce asked for more police cones to prevent verge/pavement
parking. Sgt Keith Almond commented that they are in short supply across the
division and are ‘advisory’ only. Sgt Almond is keen to discuss more permanent
arrangements with the GCC and to involve BEAR and Traffic Scotland in a
solution, given the expected benefits of the new car park.

Caol and Mallaig councillor Allan Henderson provided information on Traffic Scotland’s expectation that Highland Council has responsibility for the Glenfinnan road issues. However, as the road is a trunk road, Transport Scotland has jurisdiction. There is talk of yellow lines, but if these are not in place for the 2021 season, clearways are a
possibility, but have limited value.

Lower road speed limit still being pursued at every opportunity and is being taken up
by all Lochaber communities and villages in the light of a ’20’s plenty’ campaign being
trialled in the Borders.

Disposal of Motor Home Waste- Caol and Mallaig councillor Denis Rixson advised that a disposal facility would be part of the developments at the West end of Lochaber and a further option next year.

Firework display: Les McFarlane has contacted suppliers and arranged that the
fireworks purchase will be deferred until 2021.

Trains: West Coast Railways will continue their service until Friday, November 13.

Hege Hernaes, the Secretary of the West Highland Community Rail Partnership,
brought to the council’s attention the opportunity for Glenfinnan to become part of Sustrans’ National Cycle Network. She asked if GCC would be supportive if West Highland Community Rail Partnership applied for a full feasibility study. The application deadline is November 6. She asked for an email from GCC to support the
study.

West Word village news- Cat Hunter is happy to write a monthly piece for West
Word and requested contributions. The cut off date is the 25th of the month.

There being no further business, the next meeting was arranged for Wednesday,  November 4 at 7pm on Zoom.