Glenfinnan Community Council – items discussed from November meeting

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Issues discussed at the November meeting of Glenfinnan Community Council included grit bins, winter resilience and accidents invovling deer.

Those attending the meeting, which was held online, heard that five new grit bins had now been delivered to the village.

A water run off problem on the A82 at the western end of the village had been reported. A blocked wavin coil drain appears to be the problem and Lesley Scott, who manages Mullach Ruadh, will inform the owners.

On the issue of the low road pavement suggested by Willie Grant. An objection to this has been raised by Kenneth and Beatrice Munro concerned about potential parking on
the pavements.

A letter has been sent to Vikkie Trelfer. who manages the Hitrans small schemes programme, to see if GCC would be eligible for grant money to create a pavement. Thanks to Councillor Alan Henderson for the details.

The police report included details of four incidents involving deer, poor driving standards on the A830, opportunist theft from collection boxes and someone reported a house break-in, later reported as a prank.

Glenfinnan Estate manager Alastair Gibson reported the deaths of three deer on the road and one that drowned in the River Finnan. Mr Gibson is also interested in any sightings of red squirrels and has had some individual reports, all within one general area.

Emily Bryce, manager foe the National Trust Scotland at Glenfinnan, informed the meeting that maintenance work was being undertaken in conjunction with Glenfinnan Estate.

This included improving the viewpoint area, increasing the hard standing, improving the drainage and thinning of trees.

At the Monument, an extension will be created to the pathway/hardstanding on the left side where it is very wet. This work would improve drainage and allow access to
the inscriptions.

Some archaeological work/research is planned around the Monument area if
anyone is interested in getting involved.

The lighting of the Monument is no longer fit for purpose and it is hoped to
remedy this in the near future. The choice of white or coloured lights-after
some discussion, with the option to use colour occasionally, would be worth
considering if feasible.

There was some discussion around the availability and general practical
suitability of toilet facilities within the visitor centre, again given extraordinary visitor
numbers.

The last item was a call for nominations for the vacant position of communnity council chair. There being no further business, the next meeting was arranged for
Wednesday, January 6.