Spean Bridge community council reforms after more than two years

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New community councillors have been installed for Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry after a hiatus of more than two years.

The resurrected community council held its initial meeting on February 15 virtually and elected new office-bearers.

Highland Council senior ward manager Dot Ferguson welcomed the new councillors and gave a short insight into how and why community councils were formed
and their value to communities.

Previous chairman John Fotheringham steps back into his former role, with Christine Clephan, secretary, and Ian Langley, treasurer.

Mrs Ferguson explained that, on their appointment, each councillor had been made aware of the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils, in particular appendices three and four containing the Constitution and Standing Orders.

It was important, she said, that they read and understood their responsibilities and particularly avoided any conflicts of interest. After a short discussion it was agreed to adopt the constitution and standing orders.

Mrs Ferguson added that the council, if it so desired, could co-opt an additional two members, offer associate membership to key community groups and invite youth members, aged 16 to 18, to join.

It was unanimously agreed to give this matter some thought and discuss it at a future meeting and that the council should meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm in Kilmonivaig Parish Church Hall.

It was also agreed to ask the Coire Glas Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme Project Team to attend the next meeting to explain recent developments, including the deposition and landscaping proposal for Mucomir Quarry and Farm.

Other priorities identified were obtaining from Transport Scotland the long-awaited Inverroy road safety report; creating a sub-committee to review planning applications; examining the proposal to site a pharmacy in Spean Bridge and achieve an improvement in postal services at the Spar Shop.

Anyone wishing to raise an issue can email the community council at sbrbacc@yahoo.com

The chairman thanked Mrs Ferguson for convening the meeting and explaining the procedures so succinctly and Caol and Mallaig ward councillor Denis Rixson for attending and offering support and advice.

CAPTION: John Fotheringham has been appointed chairman of the newly-reconstituted Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry Community Council.NO-F21-JOHN-FOTHERINGHAM-01.