Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry Community Council May meeting

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Various items of community interest were discussed at the May meeting of Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry Community Council.

These included:

  •  A report from Ian Langley who intends setting up a speed watch for Spean Bridge and Roy Bridge and is looking for volunteers to help.
  • Chairman John Fotheringham had approached Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s manager about litter in the outlet’s car park. He had reported the problem to the headquarters and was awaiting confirmation it would tackle the situation. The local primary school and Explorer Scouts have said they would support a litter pick.
  • Erecting a beacon at the Commando Memorial to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee had not been possible, members heard, but Jahama Highland Estates has offered to host the event on its land. Scouts are planning to mark the occasion with a beacon and piper at the Trig Point on the Great Glen Cattle Ranch.
  • Councillor Allan Henderson reported back on salient points from a meeting with SSE Renewables about community benefit from the planned Coire Glas pumped hydro storage project on Loch Lochy. Suggestions put to the energy firm included possible housing for young families that could be attracted to the Coire Glas project or those who wanted to return to the glens; apprenticeships; road widening to benefit Kilfinnan residents; tracks all upgraded and for leisure use; an outdoor tourist complex/visitor centre – not accommodation – at the foot of the dam which could be screened by trees to attract longer visits with a via ferrata on the dam; use of a tailrace for kayaks and possible grant schemes for students.
  • Concern was expressed about the abandoned burger van in the layby on the A82 north of Letterfinlay. Councillors heard this had been an ‘eyesore’ for some time, and although planning permission was renewed in December 2021, the van is not presently operational. Councillor Henderson told the complainant who to contact in The Highland Council regards this.