Glenfinnan Community Council holds July meeting

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Glenfinnan Community Council (GCC) recently held its July monthly meeting recently.

Items discussed included:

• Village signs: Taped and turned signs at the A830/Pier Road junction have
been removed. Pauline Donaldson is to be contacted again about signs to help prevent large vehicles entering Pier Road – no turning and no parking. There have
been new signs placed at Bracara and Rhu.

• Village bins: Thanks to Highland Council for placing bins at the pier and a bin
and a recycling bin at the new car park.

• Visit Glenfinnan has been updating the walks of Glenfinnan map and
feedback suggested including the position of village bins. GCC agreed that
Neil McLeod should be contacted to ask for bins to be excluded to avoid fly

Police report: There have been six calls to the Glenfinnan area since the last meeting.
Among them were:
• An osprey found dead – evidence points to natural causes
• A drink driver, not local
• A mountain rescue on Sgurr nan Coireachan, one male walked off hill

Ingrid Henderson’s update on the work of Glenfinnan Community Facilities Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), which was presented by David Grieve, highlighted the new community car park is working well and making a positive difference to village life in the village. The aim is to recruit a car park attendant soon but, in the meantime, the SCIO would welcome volunteers to help guide traffic and welcome visitors at busy times. New signs to help with visitor flow are also being planned.

The phone box door has been renovated and reinstated and there are plans to
have a second defibrillator in the village.

There is now a lease agreement for the Pier Hut – the former MOWI shorebase – and an agreed plan which has been shared with the village. Dialogue is ongoing with building control and costings will be undertaken soon for a funding application.

Chairperson’s report: Thanks were extended to Emily Bryce and her team from the National Trust for Scotland for cutting down branches and bushes at the A830/Pier Road junction to improve visibility.

Secretary’s report and correspondence: A letter was received from Alison Gordon on behalf of Scottish Forestry which included the West Region Land Management Plan Amendment for Callop and Drumfern Forest. The work is to remove non-native conifers as they are an undesirable seed source for the native woodland. This is within the SSSI and Special Area of Conservation.

An email was received from Ingrid Henderson expressing concern about the condition of the lower road surface, especially at the junction with the A830 but also potholes/ deterioration by the junction at Innis Aluinn and along the Pier Road past Grianan. GCC agreed an email would be sent to Pauline Donaldson in Highland Council’s roads department.

Date of next meeting: Wednesday August 4.