Draft minutes- 5th September 2019

Present  Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell, Dave Wrigglesworth,  Karl Spierling , Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also , Nicola Mair, Isobel Logan, Morag MacIntyre Andrew Baxter(late)

Apologies   AnnMarie Cameron, Stewart Livingston

Minutes of last meeting be accepted  proposed CC  Seconded KS

Treasurers Statement

£1228.41 in bank

Matters Arising


Base has been cemented in

IJ and SL to finish


Successful and well attended, well done to AnnMarie and team


 Submissions 24/9-8/10. Nomination papers available on HC website . Election 20 November. First meeting of the new council to be held in December or January.

LG notice on CA FB

AM on CC website


DW to put up posters


AM has applied to the Ward discretionary fund for £200 for minute Secretary, notices and laminating equipment.


Retrospective planning has been applied for for a timber short term letting property in Old Town. Objections have been raised by neighbours whose property is overlooked by the development. Kate Forbes had been approached to take it up with planning and now nearest neighbour notices have been issued for retrospective planning.

Following discussion of what would be an acceptable outcome

DW to write letter of objection on behalf of the neighbours and make a late submission

AMC to inform the Planning Officer

IJ to contact the grazings clerk


Emptying of bin to be monitored




  1.  CC had experienced a delay when making a 999 call and has taken it up with Cllr Andrew Baxter.
  2. DW asked CC if it was possible to move the cow feeders on the gorge road as the path was becoming impassable with slurry.
  3. NM informed the council that the police are receiving training in the use of mobile devices
  4. Concern was raised over drainage onto the beach from the pods at the Onich hotel AB to contact Planning Officer
  5. Another car has come off the road at Ash Cottage IJ to add to communication with Transport Scotland. NM to enquire about unmarked car presence in village.
  6. Old Town sign is causing problems for visitors calling late at night and unable to find the road

Meeting closed at 9pm

Date of next meeting   Thursday 5 December 7pm (or 9 January if there is an election)



The first meeting of the Nether Lochaber Community Council will be held on Thursday 5 December 2019 at 7.00pm in Nether Lochaber Village Hall.

Minutes of a Meeting of Nether Lochaber Community Association held on 17 October 2019

Present Iain Jenner Elaine Cameron (Inch) Jill Morrow Lisa Glaze
Apologies jennifer Jarl Gordon MacIntyre
The Midgies are booked for Saturday 28 December
Tickets £6
100 to be sold in advance
Bring a plate of food to share and BYOB
NS minibus?
Invitation to go out to young folk
IJ to speak to Alex MacMahon
LG – Lyn
LG Ask JJ to make tickets and poster for beginning of December . One
person to deal with sales

There is an extra meeting to be held on 24/10/19

October the rose bed at St Brides was finished and is ready for spring bulbs.
We then went along to the Creag Mhor cemetery to discuss plans
November meet at Cuilcheanna cross, tidy and plant daffodils. Install new
tub at Onich sign
December Hall car park, ceilidh prep
January ceilidh tidy up 29 December
February rebuild cemetery wall IJ to contact Pete Holmes

Dot Ferguson has been informed we wish to proceed with community
East bay has trees and telephone mast
West bay more open and suited to a bench
The shrubbery at the back could be enhanced and also have a bench
SUSTRANS have an arts fund >£5000 per project. LG had approachedHelen
Michie a local ceramicist about a mosaic subject to be Nether Lochaber man/
place, croftlands and sea.
LGto arrange for Helen to come for a site visit

We will require public liability. Dot Ferguson suggest we approach Zurich.
IJ to ask GM to organise

LG to buy more bulbs and another rose. Volunteer s needed for the rosebed
and new tub

IJto write to the minister asking to be notified if they are proposing to dispose
of the building


Even the sun cam out for the flower and produce shwo in Nether Lochaber Village hall.  Another great turnout of bakery and flowers and veg.
Winners of the trophies were for Section 1 – Home Baking – Elaine Cameron won the Onich Hotel Cup with Jill Morrow runner up with the Lodge on the Loch Cup, Section 2 for Procude was won by Jill Morrow and Section 3 Knitting was won by Jennifer Jal who took the Corran Bar Trophy.  Section 4 for Handcrafts saw Eileen Irons taking the Camus na Gaul CupThe floral section was won by Harrison Wyatt who received the Gleaner Oil Cup and Jill Morrow again scooped the Old Manse Trophy.  For Vegetables Jill Morrow again topped the points and took away the Old School Cup.
Tea was served in the afternoon with lovley home baking on offer.
After totalling all entry points the most points in Show, and winner of Nether Lochaber Community Council Rose Bowl , was Jill Morrow with Alex Cameron in second place and receiving the Callart Quaich.  Alex also received the George Ross Memorial Cup for Best Rhubarb in show.
Picture below shows HARRISON WYATT, JILL MORROW and ALEX CAMERON with their trophies


23 September
Publication of Notice of Election
24 September
Earliest date for receipt of Nomination Papers
8 October
Latest date for lodging Nomination Papers – papers must be received by 12noon
9 October
Publication by 12noon on THC website of list of nominations and notices of: contested election; uncontested election and CC not formed
11 October
Latest date for withdrawal of Nomination Papers – notification in writing must be given by 12noon.
At the close of the withdrawal period, should the number of candidates validly nominated equal or exceed HALF, but be less than or equal to the total maximum permitted membership, the said candidates will be declared elected from this date and no ballot shall be held.
Monday 14 October –
Friday 25 October
School Holidays
29 October
Post out of ballot papers, where election is contested
19 November
Existing Community Councils that were contested to be dissolved at 11.59 pm
ELECTION DAY – postal ballot papers must be received by 12 noon.
Thursday / Friday
21 & 22 November
Counting of the Votes, if the number of elections permits the counts to be held over 2 days.
By Friday
13 December
Notification issued regarding the calling of the first meetings of the new Community Councils
*Further dates to be confirmed for any Community Council’s that fail to form.

Minutes of inaugural meeting of the Inchree Steering Group 11th July 2019

Present:  Elaine Cameron, Chaela Carrell, Lisa Glaze, Iain Jenner, Jill Morrow, Steve Morrow, Dougie Pryce, Karl Spierling,

1          Apologies: Gordon MacIntyre, Zuza Pryce,

2          Minutes from last meeting

            Proposed:  Iain Jenner, Seconded: Steve Morrow

3          Election of officers:

            Chair:                          Karl Spierling

            Secretary:                   Elaine Cameron

            Minutes secretary:      Jill Morrow

            Treasurer:                   Not needed just now as part of NLCA

            Social media posts:     Lisa Glaze

4          Forestry Buildings

            Initial focus is on the Hub.

            IJ sent a document to CM with the group’s thoughts about the future of the barns.

            CM out of office until 15th July.  Copied to Andrew Baxter

            Personalised OS map showing Inchree settlement and Glen Righ Forest.


            EC to look into getting a paper copy and a digital copy.  NLCA to fund this.

            CM wants a meeting soon.  A representative from FLS is in the area on 25th July.


            LG to provisionally book the village hall for that evening.

            IJ to contact Gary Servant, John MacDonald, Andrew Baxter, Neil MacLean, Kate Forbes

5          Funding

            Target HIE for feasibility study. SLF for acquisition.  Other sources e.g. National Lottery for          renovation.

            Renovation costs 50% more than a new build.  Initially need to make the shell secure.                   Need 3 tenders.                      


            KS to speak to John MacDonald re funding for feasibility study.

            Get forms 


            CC to complete forms.

            Target end of August to get forms in.


            IJ to approach David Mee (architect) to see if he is interested in getting involved.

6          Planning

            Susan MacMillan (Fort William) has a remit to help community groups.

            The group can submit a pre-application for £40 and get advice before final submission.

            Once permission is granted there is 3 years to implement.

7          The Fields


            EC to contact Fiona Sorley LHA to arrange a meeting


            IJ to contact Kathy Mayne (SNH) who is an independent ecologist.

8          AOB


            LG to put notice of meetings and minutes on NLCC and NLCA websites. 

            Also posts on   Face Book

            Voluntary hours


            EC and JM to count up hours from meetings and the Open Day.

            Each person responsible for submitting individual hours to EC.

            Meeting closed at 8:30

            Next meeting 8th August Village Hall at 7:00pm

Minutes of AGM and meeting 04/07/19 – adopted 05/09/19

Present –Iain Jenner (IJ),  Colin Campbell (CC), Ann Marie Cameron (AM)  , Karl Spierling (KS)

Apologies –Lisa Glaze Stewart Livingston (SL) Cllr Andrew Baxter Dave Wrigglesworth (DW)  

Also present- Mr & Mrs Morrow, Mrs Elaine Cameron,  Nicola Mair and Chaela Carrell

Meeting opened with annual AGM.

Chair Report –  IJ thanks all present and felt this year has been a successful one.  The creation of the Association and the works carried out has been a real positive link within the village, and the NLCA has over 50 members and a strong committee.  Notable progress being made with plans to buy the land at Inchree.

Fewer meetings due to not being able to have a quorum.  As elections will be due it is hoped we can encourage locals to become involved in NLCC.

We are still pressing forward re road safety (speed limits and maintenance) and maintain support of our scenic area.

We put submissions in to the Highland & Island Development plans along with the other ccs in South Lochaber but all appear to have been sidelined.

Negatives are the apathy received from planning and transport authorities.

Treasurer report;  given by CC.  Financial report given and explained.  Due to loss of grant amount we were only able to offer donations to 3 local groups but will not be able to offer anything further.  Report was proposed for adoption by IJ and seconded by AM, all agreed

IJ then asked for all office bearers to stand down and proposed all be re-elected to office – all agreed

Chair – Iain Jenner

Secretary – Ann Marie Cameron

Treasurer – Colin Campbell

As Stewart Livingston was not present he was not reinstated to Vice-Chair but will be asked at next meeting.

AGM closed 740pm

June minutes – proposed by CC and 2nd by KS


Old Cemetery – Awaiting update when SL back

Schools options-  2 part campus has been set – awaiting news of who head teacher will be but concerns over PSA posts.

Bus Timetable – Oban/Fw –  AM to as for updated timetables to be situated


Bin at Cuilchenna junction –   reply from HC refuse dept –  restricted lid not suitable as they have found bags and refuse are just left at the base.  They will say POO ONLY

WEB SITE BILL – invoice from GRAPL,  AM will deal and was given a cheque

Noticeboards – need replacing.  IJ and SL have made 1 and hope to make the rest.  CC to gather prices so AM can submit an application for grant from HC.  KS offered workshop space if needed.

FLOWER SHOW ;  will be held in September, AM will be in touch nearer the time for some help to get tables over and for setting up.

Meeting closed .



Following the resignation of both Nicola Mair and Jennifer Jarl, at the meeting on Thursday 6th June 2019, a new community councillor was adopted


Members are delighted to welcome Karl in joining us and look forward to working with us.

minutes – 6th June 2019 (adopted 04/07/19)

6th June 2019
Present –Iain Jenner (IJ), Colin Campbell (CC), Ann Marie Cameron (AM) , Dave Wrigglesworth (DW) Karl Spierling (KS)
Apologies –Lisa Glaze Stewart Livingston (SL) Cllr Andrew Baxter
Also present- Gordon MacIntyre Nicola Mair

Although NLCC have attempted to hold meetings in April and May, due to apologies a quorum was not in attendance at either meeting so minutes for April meeting were not adopted until this meeting

April minutes – proposed by CC and 2nd by AM

Old Cemetery – HC are prepared to transfer ownership to NLCA – this requires a change in constitution of NLCA – meeting has been arranged to discuss and hopefully adopt these changes.

Schools options- Agreement has now been reached for the 2+2 option. Next step will be appointing head teacher following Mrs MacDonald retirement and then classes will find out who their teacher is.

Bus Timetable – Oban/Fw – the timetables shown in bus shelter at Kinlochleven road end are wrong. Gordon had to stand for some time till the correct bus arrived. AM to as for updated timetables to be situated

Woodlands new build- no further info but septic tank may be needed.

CO-OPT NEW MEMBER – as we have a quorum IJ asked members to consider the adoption of KARL SPIERLING as a community councillor. Although elections will be held later in the year, following the resignations of both Nicola Mair and Jennifer Jarl, we need another face to keep us strong. SL due to work commitments offshore has to miss some meeting which is out of his hands. All Comm Cllrs present – DW-CC-AM – agreed unanimously for KS to join us and AM will update Highland Council and the website.

AGM – Am advises the financial paperwork is being audited and we will hold the AGM on Thursday 4th July – AM will put this in FB and contact press.

Elections – IJ gave a short presentation on the importance of NL maintaining it’s community council and feels that we need to have more parents involved, although we need 5 members to be solvent our max. Is 7. Proposing at next meeting – HOW TO PROMOTE NLCC MEMBERSHIP

Transport Scotland reply – DW has had reply re speed laminations and state of cycle path. Luminated signs rejected – not enough serious accidents from stats they use. Re cyclepath they (Bear) state they are not responsible for upkeep and we should pass to Highland Council BUT we are aware of paperwork stating that BEAR are responsible. NLCC to get copy of this information to pass on.

Bin at Cuilchenna junction – we are back to the issue of this bin overflowing and causing distress to residents. The bin was erected following representation about the amount of dog poo being left on the route to the shore and surrounding area. With the pin in position the problem was sorted. Last year and again this year, we have had complaints from residents as this bin is being used but tourists and when bin full bags are being left at the grass verge.
AM to contact HC Refuse and ask for a restricted lid and AM will make notices informing bin is for POO BAGS ONLY. – AM TO CONTACT REFUSE DEPT

CC review – Is ongoing

A82 Gollanfield junction – CC concerned re road surfacing – breaking up again

Onich Hotel – Am has been asked to raise concern re soil stretching to shore line. Concern that this will be washed into the bay at high tide. It appears SNH and Marine Scotland may already be involved as this area is a recognised SSSI.

Meeting closed .

NEXT MEETING – THURSDAY 4th July with agm

Minutes of a meeting held on 7 March 2019 – adopted 06/06/19

Present Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell, Ann Marie Cameron, Dave Wrigglesworth, Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also Nicola Mair, Andrew Baxter and Andy Martin (Manager of MOWI Leven Site)

Apologies Stewart Livingston ,

Minutes of last meeting be accepted proposed AMC Seconded DW

Matters Arising

Creag Mhòr cemetery
Dot Ferguson has confirmed HC own the cemetery.
IJ to contact SL to set up a meeting with her

Schools Reorganisation
Meeting rescheduled 13/3/19 7.30pm Kinlochleven HS
IJ to attend

Beach Clean
Rubbish not yet collected. HC will pick up hall piano if broken up

Water tank
IJ to send letter expressing community interest copies to AMC and GM

Cross cottage
IJ to send AB planning ref. number

Bus Timetables
IJ to buy picture frame for wall of Cuilcheanna bus stop

Sewage Connection
The date notified is 15 March. There will be a half road closure.

As yet HC has no Brexit policy

A82 photos
AMC to send to SL to coordinate
McIntyre Memorial Hut
The trustee has notified a problem with running water off the road undermining the building. The problem appeared when streams were diverted to build the new house at Creag Mhor. He has contacted SEPA, Transport Scotland and MSP.
IJ suggested he contact Lochaber Times and the P&J

Car parking at school
AB is to organise a site visit


1. Loch Leven Seafood Cafe has applied for a variation in their license to include changes to hours, capacity and off sales.

Cycle Bridge
Planning has gone through
IJ to speak to SUSTRANS
AB to arrange letter from HC stating sweeping of Cycleway is BEARS responsibility

1. Gollanfield road end is breaking up again after repair in November
2. Inchree Buyout Group is to hold an open day on the last Sunday in April after which IJ will notify HC and there will be an official ballot
3. Marine Harvest have changed their name to MOWI. Andy Martin (Manager of Leven site) attended to give an update. They have been using warm water, wrasse and lumpfish to keep the lice down to .5 per fish. They are hoping to go organic next year. He was asked about the underwater seal scared which is heard by wild swimmers in the Loch.
4. Abbeyfield AGM was held on 5/3/19. There was concern at the lack of notice to councillors and community councils
5. Calor Rural Community Fund is open. AMC to forward details to LG

Meeting closed at 8.15pm
Date of next meeting Thursday 4 April 7pm

Village Hall meeting 6.30