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Kilmallie Community Council (KCC) members returned to the Community Centre for the first time since February 2020 this week where they held their AGM.
In his annual report John Hutchison admitted the council’s traditional activities had been hampered by the pandemic but that a great deal of work had been going on behind the scenes with varying levels of success.
The council had continued to pursue local issues including noise, dumping nuisance, and road safety.
Noise complaints at Annat had lessened but the committee were disappointed that the proposed community liaison group was stopped on appeal by the applicant.
KCC commended the A830 Group for the work they did in identifying trunk road concerns and took these forward with Transport Scotland and BEAR, though some items are still outstanding, such as village gateway signs and the trunk road speed review.
‘We are pleased about 30mph repeater stickers for wheelie bins, though usage could be greater,’ said Mr Hutchison.
‘Dumping at Mount Alexander has increased again but we aim to have a clear up there in the Autumn and expect SEPA to enforce as necessary.’
Communication and engagement has also remained to the fore during the past year with KCC responding to Highland Council Planning on proposals that will affect the area as well as commenting on STPR2 and a private members bill in the Scottish Parliament on fly-tipping.
Throughout the KCC have kept the community updated through newsletters, website, Twitter and Facebook pages and two noticeboards inviting interaction through suggestion boxes.
‘Kilmallie Community News is justifiably a source of pride for us,’ said Mr Hutchison. ‘1,000 copies are produced and delivered free of charge to every home and business in Kilmallie.
‘The editorial team of Carol Anne and Ann, as well as the distributors deserve our considerable thanks. We now have annual sponsorship pledges and can be confident of its future.’
Although much of the KCC activity has been online over the last term, projects such as the Hardship Fund, the Helpline and the Community Cupboard, which evolved into the Community Fridge proved to be a great success.
In addition there is now a standing KCC agenda item to encourage ideas that will lessen the effect of lifestyles on climate change. Under this the Council hopes to take forward allotment proposals with the Highland Council.
Mr Hutchison added: ‘We are please that Highland EBikes now have a base in Corpach but disappointment that Banavie was dropped.’
Partnership working is also a key aim of the council with plans for joint meetings between the three KCCs (the Centre, the Company and the Council) to encourage
better liaison. Community councillors have also attended other meetings including Active Travel Group, the Transport Forum, the Blàr Mòr Community Liaison Group and the new Belford Hospital project.
‘I am pleased that joint working with adjacent CCs has been resurrected through the Linnhe Community Alliance,’ added Mr Hutchison.
‘The chair rotates each meeting but the secretary is in place for a year at a time. I regard this as important – strengthening the community voice.’
Mr Hutchison ended his address by thanking the many colleagues, individuals and groups who have attended and contributed to the successful working of KCC throughout the year.