Glenfinnan Community Council holds January meeting

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Among the issues discussed at this month’s meeting of Glenfinnan Community Council (GCC) were:

Matters arising:
• Callop Bridge and boardwalk – the secretary to contact David Robertson of Forestry and Land Scotland and ask if there is progress to report and, if so, invite him to present any information at the February/March GCC meeting.
• The land owner has emailed David Devine of Transport Scotland and given his permission for a No Through Road sign to be sited at the top of the Back Track.
• A thank you letter has been sent to Broadland Renewable Energy Ltd (Garvan and
Duisky) for the £1,283.61 donation.
• War memorial – permissions to use two photographs on an information board, one
from the Valentine’s Postcard Collection managed by St Andrew’s University and the
other from NLS, is making slow progress.
• Gemma Robinson, a project officer working on the EU INTERREG VA-funded
FASTER project has responded to GCC’s concern about the maintenance of the
National Trust for Scotland (NTS) charge points once the 10-year lease expires. If Highland Council and NTS agree, the lease will be extended. Failing that, Highland Council will decommission the EV charge points and remove the above ground asset.

• Pot holes on Pier Road – Pauline Donaldson has forwarded GCC’s request to the
roads officer and foreman for pothole repairs to be completed.
• Callop rail bridge – a village resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, has
cleared the drainage ditch and puddle underneath the Callop rail bridge. As this is a
long-term recurring issue, the secretary is to contact Transport Scotland to ask about a
permanent solution.
• Grit bin for the new car park – Thanks to Kristen Tate for organising a new grit bin at
the junction of the Pier Road outside Innis Aluinn. The request for a grit bin for the slope at the new car park was denied as the car park is a business. Moving the unused grit bin from the A830/U1191 junction was not a solution as it would not be stocked.

Glenfinnan Community Facilities Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation update from Ingrid Henderson: Work on the picnic area and new path were due to begin last week. Trees at the side of the shorebase are being felled by James Gillies. Villagers are welcome to remove any firewood, which is being stored on the loch side of the community hut.

Police report – minor recorded incidents in Glenfinnan and the surrounding area in the last month included road traffic, a call of good intent and a dead deer on the railway line.

Chairperson’s report: 12 bags of tinned and dried goods were received from Fair Share and Caol Regeneration and distributed to households in Glenfinnan with children. There will be more food donations, but not until the end of the summer. If anyone is struggling and needs assistance, GCC will provide help. Thanks to Fair Share and Caol Regeneration.

Community councillor Ally Entwistle raised the possibility of loaning ebikes from HITRANS for the community to trial. It was agreed she should investigate the insurance/maintenance costs, which would have to be borne by the community group they would be loaned to, and length of trial and report back to the next community council meeting. There was a query about the need for public liability insurance.

Date of next meeting: Wednesday February 2.