Glenfinnan council hosts January meeting online

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Glenfinnan Community Council held its recent January meeting virtually, when a number of items were discussed.

These included: An online form to the roads department of Highland Council has been submitted with photographs of the icy road conditions and asking for the grit bins to be refilled and an additional grit bin at the entrance
near Innis Aluinn.

Two more deer had been killed in road traffic deaths within the parish. Two
mature stags also had to be despatched in the village – one aged deer just east of the
village, while  the other was shot in a private garden. The latter stag was most likely
the animal responsible for the recent upset in the village.

Those attending the meeting heard that such shooting out of season requires a very good reason and any decisions to shoot deer in such circumstances are not taken lightly. People were reminded that residents and visitors should not feed deer.

Police Update: Since the last meeting there were two incidents reported since
December 2, both reports of Covid regulations breaches.  Additional patrols have also
been in the area and a small number of ‘visitors’ have been given suitable advice
and sent home. Police Sergeant Keith Almond asked for his best wishes for the New Year to be passed on to the council and residents.

National Trust Update: With the latest lockdown, the staff team, with the exception
of site manager Emily Bryce, has been furloughed. Ms Bryce intends to visit Glenfinnan three time a week to carry out security checks and maintenance work. She asked the residents to contact her via email, glenfinnan@nts.org.uk , or via community council secretary Pat Grieve, if there are any issues. Grit is available for the icy paths to the Monument, however, there will be no one to spread the grit, unless someone in the village volunteers. A warning sign will be placed.

Pat Grieve thanked Edoardo Bedin for the recent beautiful lighting of the Monument.

Councillor Allan Henderson had news on the 60mph road sign at the
A830/U1191 junction. Scottish Government funding is available for projects from
‘Spaces for People’, and Glenfinnan’s sign issue would meet the remit. It is a
20mph sign scheme, using temporary measure, which would run for 18
months. After 18mths, if all was successful, there would follow a a period of consultation and then it would be added to Highland Council’s Traffic Orders. Councillor Henderson pointed out that a pavement could take up to 10 years to achieve.

Kieron and Ina Kelly from the Prince’s House Hotel had offered to provide
groceries, along with Glenfinnan House Hotel – a repeat of the excellent service
they provided at the last full lockdown. As most of the shielding villagers have
their shopping delivered by Morrison’s, there may not be a demand.

There was a call for photographs for a Glenfinnan calendar, with the aim of having it
printed and for sale at Games Day. Pat Grieve has spare memory sticks if anyone
needs them.

Cat Hunter raised the idea of a Glenfinnan Christmas Tree in the village. Emily Bryce said there is an electrical supply if the tree is sited near the Monument. Councillor Henderson suggested solar power for lights. Cat Hunter will research. GCC members all
approved.

Ally Entwistle explained that the new Linnhe Community Alliance aims to
identify issues and projects of strategic interest and take any necessary steps.
If anyone has issues, let Ally Entwistle know. She will attend the meeting and report back at the next GCC meeting in February.

The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, at 7pm on Zoom.