Glenfinnan Community Council chairman steps down after 15 years

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The November meeting of Glenfinnan Community Council saw local hotelier Duncan Gibson step down from the role of chairman after 15 years in the post.

Mr Gibson, who runs the Glenfinnan House Hotel with his wife Manja,
thanked everyone for their support over the years.

Community council minutes stated: ‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank Duncan for his many years of service and commitment.’

As a result of Mr Gibson stepping down, the community council said it will look to maintain councillor numbers and co-opt members as necessary.

Other matters discussed included signs. Councillors heard some matters remained outstanding but they will coincide with activity between the local Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and BEAR Scotland.

The community council has been asked by neighbouring Kilmallie Community Council at Corpach if members would be willing to take part in a virtual online meeting with Kilmallie Community Council and others. It was agreed secretary Pat Grieve would attend on behalf of Glenfinnan and report back.

Glenfinnan community councillors heard five new grit bins have been applied for.  Supplies of appropriate clothing and equipment can be stored at the hotel.

Wills Brothers have completed most of community car park work and will be finished soon. Tenders are out for the ‘Wee Harry Potter Bridge’. Funding for ticket machines and a comfort facility has been obtained from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Councillor Joan Robertson suggested the ‘Private Car Park’ notice was not appropriate and asked the SCIO to consider the wording as this is a community car park.

The proposed lease for the community hut at Slatach has been sent to Loch
Shiel Jetties Trust’s lawyers for approval.

Local resident Ally Entwistle has approached Highland Council, which referred her to BEAR Scotland, about the gravel run-off at the top of the village during heavy
rain from the main road. It was noted the proposed realignment of the road includes a pavement.

Glenfinnan Estate manager Alastair Gibson reported two deer had been involved in collisions on the road.

Councillor Robertson acknowledged the increased numbers of residents in the village and asked if there was any prospect of extending the graveyard and to tidy it up
while creating more of a barrier on the loch side. The general feeling is the ground is not suitable for this. Mr Gibson spoke of attempts to build up a barrier, however, this often gets washed away. Cat Hunter offered to help.

Hege Hernaes advised the steam train would be finishing a week early on November 6. She thanked Councillor Pat Grieve for her supportive letter regarding
the cycle track proposals and funding.

Willie Grant raised concerns for the safety of walkers on the low road and asked if the community council would support a pavement on one side. This was fully supported and may come under the ‘Safer Routes to School’ project and the ’20’s Plenty’ initiative. Councillor Alan Henderson supported this and suggested referring the matter to Dot Ferguson, Lochaber Ward Manager for Highland Council. In addition to the proposed removal of stones, in conjunction with Police Sergeant Keith Almond, the possibility of safety barriers was raised. Mr Gibson is to follow up with PS Almond.

Date of the next meeting: Wednesday December 2 at 7pm.